Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork


5.0
classic

Review

by bmon13 USER (2 Reviews)
May 31st, 2014 | 27 replies


Release Date: 06/03/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the most important albums of my life (thus far)

Queens of the Stone Age have always been a band that I enjoyed, but it wasn’t until …Like Clockwork did I truly connect lyrically with these guys. Their previous albums were enjoyable and full of great riffs, yet I did not really consider them an emotionally deep band. One would assume that Homme’s close encounter with death helped him see the world from a new perspective. Perhaps I just didn’t understand what his lyrics were about until now. That’s what I really like about this album; it is relatable and accessible, yet with each listen you hear something new. …Like Clockwork came out perhaps at an essential point in my personal timeline. I was going through a deep depression shortly following my sister’s tragic passing. Since the album deals a lot with death (and life) it bears strong relevance for me. It wouldn’t be a stretch to claim this album truly helped me through these tough times. Uncharacteristically, at the time I had also started smoking and was becoming distant from my girlfriend. I had a strange obsession with listening to this album while smoking on my deck. It gave me a peace of mind and sense of baddassery at the same time. If you have listened to any of these tracks, you likely know what I mean. Each song plays on emotion: not only the lyrics, but also the instrumentation. From depression to ecstasy, death and rebirth, stalking and seduction, this album is truly an emotional roller coaster.

These musicians also put on one hell of a show. The opening track on their album happened to be the first song of the concert I attended; whenever I hear the glass breaking, I reminisce back to this performance. They had screens with accompanying videos playing in the background which simply added to the engrossing experience. In the opening moments, they showed smashing glass showering down, which really opened the concert (and album) off to an explosive start. Fantastic. By the way, each song is actually dripping with sexual energy (a great album to play while banging your significant other). As much as I want to review each track, I feel it would make for a tiresome read. Let’s skip to track 3 "The Vampyre of Time and Memory". A powerful and interesting track, Homme is the obvious standout as vocalist and songwriter. The song is creepy and sexual, making you wonder what he is really swooning about. Taking it at face value, the song goes perfectly with the album cover. However, what I truly enjoy about this song is that the lyrics are memorable and catchy, making it easy to sing along to. Actually the whole album is that way, which makes it all the more powerful. I felt that no matter what I was going through, I could count on this album to make me feel better and even just help me feel like a badass.

"Kalopsia" is the most intriguing song to me because I really struggle with what it means. To me, it is has something to do with an obsessive lover who is dumped but proceeds to stalk the other person. Any way that it can be interpreted, it is still quite intriguing and intense. Homme brings his signature swinging vocals, which are undeniably unique and piercing. "Fairweather Friends" is another standout track for me, although they're all truly fascinating. From what I gather, this song is about conditional friends who are really only there when it’s convenient for them. We all have friends like that, which brings me back to my claim about how relatable these lyrics really are. The vocals are so fantastically executed and just plain tasty. Even as I listen to this song, it makes me want to smoke even though I have since quit. Not so much the taste or nicotine, but simply for blowing smoke and being alone.

As you may have noticed, my review is quite unfocused. I don't care, because my own brain is often scattered it’s just how I think. I didn’t mention some of the more popular songs because I feel like they’ve been talked about enough already. Moving on; "I Appear Missing" is a track that I really connected with because I was becoming distant from family and friends. It wasn't that hated them, I just really enjoyed being alone with my thoughts. I would go as far as to say this album helped me make my decision about leaving my girlfriend. I couldn’t figure out why I liked being alone so much. My conclusion was that I simply wasn’t happy. I needed to make a change and …Like Clockwork helped me follow through. As you can imagine, it was a rough patch in my timeline, but after it was all said and done, I played "Smooth Sailing" to really hit it home. To some people, this is simply an above average QOTSA album. To me, this is one of the albums to define my life. It truly defines an entire era in my life, and without it I’m not sure where I would be. This is my first review ever, and I knew exactly which album I had to do. ...Like Clockwork is not a perfect album by any stretch, but it is easily a classic in my eyes. I’ve listened to this album at least 50 times, and for the simple reason that it is emotionally addictive. A masterpiece, in my eyes… The most important album of 2013.


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  • Nick Morley (5)
    TL;DR: It's an incredible album that just got better with time and context....

    brandaao (4)
    ...Like Clockwork shows a band not afraid to take their characteristic sound and push it i...

    AaronBatt (4)
    The best rock album of 2013?...

    Minus. (4)
    And like clockwork, QOTSA makes another solid album albeit slightly overrated....

  • Jamie Coughlan (3)
    Middle of the road return from QOTSA, that they've been sliding toward for 8 years....

    Paul4 (5)
    The seductive power and engaging Like clockwork .....

    kvltwalter (3.5)
    Josh Homme looks to the past and mixes in a little bit of the darkness into their light, c...

    BrianE (3.5)
    Queens of the Stone Age look to prove they're more than just a mere rock band....

  • Hernan M. Campbell STAFF (3.9)
    Josh Homme & Co. return with a stellar album that blends their many influences and idiosyn...

    Mike C (4)
    "if reason is priceless then there's no reason to pay for it."...

    Peter K. Mark (4)
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    Alex K. (4)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
BMDrummer
May 30th 2014


8616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Reads a bit like an opinion, but I won't pos or neg. Album rules, plus my old bassist used to call me your username (without the 13).

ArsMoriendi
May 30th 2014


4833 Comments


Way too many personal pronouns.

Try to refrain from using I, my, and me when writing reviews. It's supposed to be professional, not personal.

This would have been better as a list.

Digging: Beck - Odelay!

SharkTooth
May 30th 2014


5055 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This may be an opinion piece, but it's surprisingly strong for a first review. look forward to what you write later


Digging: Fuzz - Fuzz

bmon13
May 30th 2014


15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the constructive criticism guys. I'm completely new to this (as u can see)

This album is very personal to me, so I wanted to make a personal review.

Cheers!

bmon13
May 30th 2014


15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also, I want to know how to italicize and other formatting options.

Any advice?

SharkTooth
May 30th 2014


5055 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

to italicise you type the word between: [i][/i]


SharkTooth
May 30th 2014


5055 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bolding goes like this [b][/b]

tempest--
May 31st 2014


13871 Comments


album rules unbelievable dick agreed

someguest
May 31st 2014


20865 Comments


the best album of 2013

Digging: Dexter Gordon - Our Man in Paris

TalonsOfFire
May 31st 2014


8091 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the best album of 2013 [2]

Also I Appear Missing is best song of 2013

Digging: Musk Ox - Woodfall

ShadowRemains
May 31st 2014


21021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is boners generally

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

SpiritCrusher2
May 31st 2014


3148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

seeing them live for the first time next week, can't fucking wait!
didn't read a review lol, but yea, album rules

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2014


2892 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"I Sat by the Ocean" riffs hard

Digging: Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love

asaf
May 31st 2014


888 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know about masterpiece and I don't know about "most important" of 2013...

ValarMorghulis
May 31st 2014


829 Comments


Should i listen to this?

TalonsOfFire
May 31st 2014


8091 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's the best album of last year so I'd say yes

jtswope
May 31st 2014


2348 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah you should.

Sniff
May 31st 2014


1196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

U should. But don't be expecting too much

SpiritCrusher2
May 31st 2014


3148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I Appear Missing is probably SOTY

TalonsOfFire
May 31st 2014


8091 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It is, best of 2013



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