Queens of the Stone Age
Rated R


4.0
excellent

Review

by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
June 30th, 2006 | 536 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


Rated R doesn't seem like a very appropriate title, considering the bare amount of swears and what not. Josh Homme really shows up his former band here, him and Nick Oliveri come from the ashes of the legendary band Kyuss. Having a more straight-forward and less drowsy feeling than Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age are one of the better mainstream bands out there. The music isn't essentially catchy but does show a great amount of musicianship. For instance, Josh is a great guitarist, when it ranges from his low, chunky guitar parts to his massive noise solos (that never feel out of place). Nick is an adequate bassist and isn't really an amazing bassist but when did bass players have to be amazing? He does the job and does that job fine full stop. Gene does his bit with the drums, nothing amazing but a steady beat to bring the songs along.

The mastermind behind all this is Josh Homme, in my opinion QOTSA is just Josh Homme and his friends. Josh has a very dry, low droning voice (which is good in this instance) and Nick has a more, um, crazy, loud voice? Anyway, whenever Nick does do vocals, it always fits the mood. His voice is mostly used on the frantic or angrier songs and it's something Josh couldn't pull off. Josh's tracks are more slow and creative. I prefer Josh's voice but Nick does do a good job when I hear him on several tracks. I liked that the songs would sound the same but still be totally creative and kooky. Whether it'd be the weird Feel Good Hit Of Summer or the fast, punk Quick and to the Pointless, there is a collection of songs that seem awkward and experiment.

The album's opener, Feel Good Hit Of Summer is a simple song and is extremely repetitive. It isn't that good as a single song but as an opener to the album, I think that's at its best. The lyrics repeat the same line over and over again (it is just a huge list of drugs, well Josh was in one of the biggest stoner rock groups of the 90s you know). It is a guitar driven song and that's what it is basically, just a simple, repetitive song to open the album. The single The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret is also a repetitive song but repetitive doesn't equal bad. The chorus just simply consists of, "whatever you do, don't tell anyone". It's so simple and the guitar hook just drives the song perfectly. Leg Of Lamb is a very creative and experimental song which could be fitted onto any Kyuss album. It shows a real stoner side and the guitar hook is quite weird. It is slow and it's freaky, I like it a lot. Monsters in the Parasol continues the adventure of simple songs, the guitar part is just two notes. The drumbeat is a simple rock drumbeat. The song is very weird but I love the "she won't grow" part of the song. It is freaky and again brings a Kyuss influence to the band. Quick and to the Pointless is a Nick track and it's punk influenced, it's very fun to listen to even if Nick does sound like he's about to explode. It's a fun song, really is. Lightning Song could be seen as a filler but I think it's a nice instrumental track with acoustics and bongos. It's a nice melody and the piano in it suits nicely.

This album is essential to someone into Kyuss or Desert Sessions as they both contain the genius Josh Homme who is an excellent songwriter and musician. This isn't the Queens at their best but does show lots of early potential. Try Songs for the Deaf is you're looking to further your interest in the band. If you like trippy music that's got a groove, experimental parts and kick-ass songs then you should try this. Even if you aren't into a lot of rock, this could interest you. Try some of the above mentioned songs and see if you like it. It isn't a masterpiece but is a great about all the way through.



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Muisee
June 30th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually believe this is qotsa's best work, as well as Homme's. Good review though.

niobium
June 30th 2006


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm with Muisee. This is narrowly QOTSA's best album, followed by Songs for the Deaf. It's not just the songs that made it memorable but the sound of the songs. Just a wonderful discrete mix of Kyuss and modern rock.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 30th 2006


4405 Comments


Good review.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2006


17920 Comments


^what he said.

Jawaharal
June 30th 2006


1832 Comments


This album destroys SFTD.

good review nigga

wontgetfooledagain
June 30th 2006


40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I prefer LtP to this, but that's mostly just because I don't like the Oliveri sreamfest songs and it is a bit too short. I have a feeling I'll really like the self-titled album because of the absence of Nick.

niobium
June 30th 2006


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

On their first album, you can easily tell it's Josh playing bass and not Nick. Just listen to the beginning of "Give the Mule What He Wants".

I sort of like Nick's vocals. I have to be in the right mood for those. Sometimes I want to hear "Tension Head", other times I just want to groove out to "Auto Pilot".

Speaking of Auto Pilot, there's a video of Nick and Mark Lanegan playing "Auto Pilot" acoustic. Nick is playing the guitar, and doing vocals. It's really nice.

AlienEater
July 1st 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really like this album. Definitly my favourite QOTSA album. Good review.

TojesDolan
July 1st 2006


271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a good album. Despite getting it for almost nothing (3 bucks) I had the idea it'd be a lot like "No One Knows", in SFTD.

It wasn't. Past disappointment, it grew on me slowly and it was a great experience after all.

Good review.

Neoteric
July 1st 2006


3243 Comments


Wow, thanks for all the compliments! I'm quite happy.

monkey_dancer
July 1st 2006


127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

definitely the band's best album. Good review as well.

Dimes Make Dollars
July 1st 2006


241 Comments


Ten points for not feeling obligated to write a massive review. I am a big proponent of that.

Good review, cool album.This Message Edited On 07.01.06

Neoteric
July 1st 2006


3243 Comments


Holy shit, a featured review!!!!

I am so friggin happy!

superpeer
July 1st 2006


257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is so good.

You failed to mention some of my favourite songs on this album though, viz. Auto Pilot, Better Living through Chemistry and In the Fade.This Message Edited On 07.01.06

Neoteric
July 1st 2006


3243 Comments


I don't want to describe all the tracks though.

niobium
July 1st 2006


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

At first my two favorite songs were Auto Pilot and In the Fade. Now it's Better Living Through Chemistry and I Think I Lost My Headache. Those two songs are in the top ten QOTSA songs of all time. I still love the first two, though.

La Revolucion
July 1st 2006


1060 Comments


I don't know why, but I just don't like most Queens Of The Stone Age stuff. Ace review, though.

Polyamarous
July 2nd 2006


23 Comments


Definently worth getting it with the EP as well!

Neoteric
July 2nd 2006


3243 Comments


Two negs automatically huh?

Jawaharal
July 2nd 2006


1832 Comments


In The Fade owns. Its incredibly fun to play to.



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