Kyuss
...And the Circus Leaves Town


3.5
great

Review

by Xander_Christ USER (10 Reviews)
October 5th, 2006 | 31 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


Kyuss: the little band that could (and almost did). After maintaining an underground fanbase and just beginning to break into the mainstream, the band finally began to recieve the recognition they rightly deserved. Their signature sound, call it 'desert rock' or 'stoner rock' or whatever you will, was attributed to their low sounding guitars, chaffing vocals and grossly underproduced albums. However, internal problems within the band lead to their split during the mid-nineties, leading to the creation of smaller spinoff groups and, ultimately, the very succesful Queens Of The Stone Age.
Vocals- John Garcia
Guitar- Joshua Homme
Bass- Scott Reeder
Drums- Alfredo Hernandez

...And the circus... was the fourth and final album released from the Kyuss catalogue. This album seems thought of by some as weak and uninventive. However, after repeated listens it is possibly my favourite album by them.

There are two noticeable changes with this album. The first is that the tracks are more straightforward; there are no minute long instrumental fillers (Blues for the Red Sun) or grouping of all songs into three tracks (Welcome To Sky Valley). This is an improvement in my books, as the better tracks are more easily accessible. The second change is the addition of Alfredo Hernandez on drums, who would later join Josh when recording QOTSA's first album. This means a change from the more tom-heavy beats of Brant Bjork and a lighter, jazzier style of percussion. All in all, the album has a softer feel without as much harshness from the guitar or rhythm section. But it still packs a fair punch at moments.

An example of this is HURRICANE, which starts with a fun and furious drumbeat that is joined by guitar and Garcia's signature scratched vocals. Following this is the album's only memorable single, ONE INCH MAN. With its bouncing guitar line and cathcy chorus, this one will stay in your head for days to follow. Although the album maintians Kyuss's rough-edged live song, many of the songs find a fine balance between hardness and softness that keeps the album flowing smoothly. Their mellower side is showcased in tracks such as PHOTOTROPIC and CATAMARAN, the latter of which has Garcia singing at his most melodious before switching back into his usual strained voice.

Many of the tracks sound a little too 'samey', and the lack of variety is what brings the album down in score. However, it is not without its interesting moments. GLORIA LEWIS has a gloomy floor-tom driven sound always puts me a little on edge. EL RODEO begins with simple guitar playing and gradually builds into a driving (though repetitive)force of music. And a personal favourite is the more bluesy-styled SIZE QUEEN, which sails by at a more cruise-like tempo.

And just when things may seem a tad predictable, we have SPACESHIP LANDING. At just over 11 minutes of music, it is Kyuss's longest single song. There isn't really enough varience to call it a progressive masterpiece, but it keeps itself interesting enough not to be completely unlistenable. After about 20 minutes of silence there is a bonus track, which is much slower and more somber than anything else on the album, almost like the band saying goodbye.
All in all, a good album that is a defenite good investment of money, especially if you are familiar with their older stuff or are a QOTSA fan looking for something a little more raw.

Recommended Tracks:
One Inch Man
Gloria Lewis
El Rodeo
Size Queen



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Xander_Christ
October 5th 2006


132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For future reference, how do you bold words? I thought I had it but it wasn't working.

AlienEater
October 6th 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[B] put the stuff you want emboldened in here [/B ] but with no gaps in any of the brackets.

I always liked this album. Good review.

it's meant to be a capital B in the first bracket, by the way.This Message Edited On 10.06.06

Kage
October 6th 2006


1172 Comments


This album is pretty good, but I don't like Kyuss as much as I'd like to. :confused:

Great review, though.

Xander_Christ
October 6th 2006


132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ah, that was the problem. I used lowercase. Thanks.

Muisee
October 6th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review for a good album.

La Revolucion
October 6th 2006


1060 Comments


I've only heard one Kyuss album, and I found it extremely boring. Maybe I'll check this out and see if I'm missing out on something. Nice review.

any14doomsday
January 18th 2007


679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a good album, but to me it just cant touch "blues..." or "sky valley" I dont really care for the production, the bass is alittle too dirty and up front in the mix.

There are some really good tracks on hear, like Hurricane, one inch man, el rodeo, and phototropic.

DonVito666
January 26th 2008


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent album, it was the first kyuss album i heard and it grew on me, i like this one better than sky valley gritty production is kinda fitting on this album

VTK
October 5th 2009


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, great album. El Rodeo has one of the best intros ever.

Slipping Away
July 9th 2010


1261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is awesome, almost as good as the others.

Prolapse
July 9th 2010


4370 Comments


I will never be as good as Sky Valley

Urinetrouble
July 9th 2010


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this wont be as good as the others but i still prefer Blues>Sky Valley

Prolapse
July 9th 2010


4370 Comments


For me just it's slightly better than Blues

Urinetrouble
July 9th 2010


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i think blues had better songs on it. i mean 50 million year trip>whitewater

Prolapse
July 9th 2010


4370 Comments


Odyssey= best Kyuss song

Urinetrouble
July 9th 2010


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i dunno man. i cant decide on a best song with them. the whole palm desert stoner rock scene is pretty awesome

Prolapse
July 9th 2010


4370 Comments


Orange goblin are pretty badass

Urinetrouble
July 9th 2010


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

every stoner band>Orange Goblin

og suck. check out rise above records for some good doom and some stoner-y stuff

Krumkake
August 21st 2011


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Blues is definitely better than Sky Valley, which is a kickass album

ZombicidalMan
August 22nd 2011


1799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One Inch Man is so fun to jam to.



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