Queens of the Stone Age
Lullabies to Paralyze


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by FrddyBrnRgrJhn USER (12 Reviews)
April 12th, 2006 | 7 replies | 3,286 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


2 of 3 thought this review was well written

<u>How to Gain a Name as an Alt Metal Band</u>


Chapter 1: Go With the Flow

Record bizarre, obscure album. Follow up with revised, more accessible version. Gain cult following. Recruit world famous drummer from greatest grunge band to grace its presence upon the modern music scene. Get radio play, gain ego, fire entire band. Find new, less experienced artists capable of mimicking previous record. Record the most bizarre hard rock album to gain top 40 status.


Josh Homme has obviously done his homework. 2005’s <u>Lullabies to Paralyze</u> gained the #5 place on the U.S. charts, hits “Little Sister" and “In My Head" were performed live on Saturday Night Live, and “Burn the Witch" was featured in the soundtrack of 2005’s grotesque blockbuster “Saw II". Interestingly enough, all three of these songs occur during the first half of the album. Homme has shown conflicted feelings throughout the course of this album, not knowing whether his true wish is to stick to the Oliveri/Homme/Grohl sound of <u>Songs for the Deaf</u> or whether he wants to bring a fresh start to the drastically altered band that once was Queens of the Stone Age. The result is an album pulsating with lessons in riffing and bad opiate trips. The latter of the two seems to have played a remarkable influence in the second half of <u>Lullabies</u>. The album gets progressively weirder and paranoid, leaving the casual listener shocked. I hate to break it to you guys, but “Someone’s in the Wolf" doesn’t stay in your head as easily as the driving cowbell of “Little Sister".

As for the deeper listener who wishes to broaden his Stone Age horizon, <u>Lullabies to Paralyze</u> is just the right album. Don’t be detracted by the monotonous radio-friendly riffs of the afore-mentioned tracks; the deeper cuts leave any hardcore fan, both stoned and sober, musically enlightened. For the most part.

The album opens with “This Lullaby", a song that is mildly amusing on the first listen. Sure we’ve never heard Homme exhibit a Johnny Cash growl, but there’s most likely a reason for this. After generic acoustic work, we hear the feedback of (could it be?) an electric guitar. Thank god the Queens didn’t decide to shock the public with a folk album. We were scared there for a minute that we would get an album of acoustic lullabies sounding something like Jack Johnson on opium. The track “Medication" is not a breath of fresh air, however. Instead it’s more generic QOTSA. Things look upward a bit with the tempo-changing “Everybody Knows That You Are Insane". Sure it sounds like a repeat of <u>Songs for the Deaf</u>, but at least they’re trying. The next 5 tracks are fairly forgettable. Let’s just say that “No One Knows" has been manufactured into a 3 minute formula that Josh Homme knows like the back of his hand.

Things look up, and a little to the sides, then a quick glance behind, then a paranoid glance upward again, as another hectically slow, pulsating anthem is added to the Queens of the Stone Age “must-have" list. The guitar work is simplistically layered in a way that indicates guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen (of A Perfect Circle fame) is either a genius or completely lost. Things only get weirder with “The Blood is Love", a metal tune tinged with a tad bit of eastern European folk. The album peaks with the bizarre sex-frenzied tracks “Skin on Skin" and “Broken Box". A little too much high pitched screeching, but its obvious the Queens have taken a drastically shocking turn in their musical styling. The album then gets progressively worse with the two closers: “You’ve got a Killer Scene There Man…" and “Long Slow Goodbye". The album closer gets a little boring after the first two minutes, and goes on for five more minutes. They weren’t lying. It’s long. It’s slow. And it will most likely make you want to say goodbye to <u>Lullabies to Paralyze</u> until the next time you score a bag of shrooms. Until then, enjoy your sanity and listen to some music that makes a little more sense.



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any14doomsday
April 12th 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

okay review, but you ripped on alot, your rating really doesnt fit your review. I like lullubies, it really grew on me. Its not rated R, and its not songs for the Deaf, dan until people relize that they probobly wont get much out of the album.

thats just my two cents.

supraman_2
April 12th 2006



146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't call it as much of a rip off of the last two albums. Yes there are some tracks that have that older Qotsa feel and styling but there is no way all five of those songs are "No One Knows." Also "Lullaby" is Lanegon singing not Homme.

I'll put it like this, I think many people felt like they could predict the type of songs that were on this cd and there is nothing "ground-breaking" the same way you get on the other cds.This Message Edited On 04.12.06

wontgetfooledagain
April 12th 2006



40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have read interviews before where Homme said that the sounds that people often associate with s/t, Rated R, and SFTD were all planned to occur on those albums in that order. I recently read an interview that I think is linked at the QotSA website where Homme says this album was meant to be a combination of the three albums and the next will go in another direction. If you think about it, LtP is like a Greatest Hits album where the band went in and rewrote their hits.

FrddyBrnRgrJhn
April 12th 2006



81 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i ripped on the first half a lot, but i guess thats probably cuz about a year ago when this came out, i listened to it a little too much and got completely sick of it. i prefer songs for the deaf any day, but the second half of lullabies is really good. i dont know if u caught that toward the end of the review, but the 3.5 rating is in response to songs like "someones in the wolf" and "skin on skin".

wontgetfooledagain
April 12th 2006



40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see what you mean about "Skin On Skin," but "Someone's In The Wolf?" Come on! That's one of the best songs on there.

FrddyBrnRgrJhn
April 12th 2006



81 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hold up. did i diss "someones in the wolf" on there?? cuz im completely in love with that song. if it came off like i hated it, i didnt mean for it to. i just think that song is really really trippy.

wontgetfooledagain
April 12th 2006



40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh. I was thinking that the 3.5 for that song wasn't good. I don't really like this five point rating system. It makes me really confused.



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