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Queens of the Stone Age – “I Appear Missing”

Whenever someone tries to tell me that rock is dead, all I need to do is point them to …Like Clockwork, grin a big wide dumb smile, and say “well, the best rock album of all time came out in 2013.”  Even if it’s a dubious statement at best, it gets a rise out of the opposing arguer every single time.

The funny thing is that it’s not even that big of a stretch.  …Like Clockwork is an absolute classic, a songwriting masterclass in its own tier.  The stretch from “My God Is The Sun” to the closing title track (so, more than half the album) all belong on this list.  It’s downright insane that 6 of the best rock songs of my life all came in succession, on the same record.

Out of the embarrassment of riches on display with …Like Clockwork, “I Appear Missing” is the track that I’ve always viewed as the epicenter of greatness; a six minute towering rock piece that features a swelling chorus which grows in intensity with every repetition, surrounded by addictive riffs and a mind-blowing drum-fill/piano interchange a little less than halfway through.  The track reaches its undeniable zenith at the 4:20 mark, and continues right on through to the end with a complicated, wiry riff that’s joined in by an echoed, ghostly refrain of I never loved anything until I loved you.  It’s everything Queens of the Stone Age have ever been, and likely all they ever will be encapsulated in one particular moment of rock mastery; one that I’d argue reaches historic levels of greatness.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
05.04.19
Only YT video I could find for this has Spanish subtitles, so learn a new language while you're at it.

1/3 of the way to 100 songs!

JWT155
05.05.19
Interesting choice off of that record.

mynameischan
05.05.19
i have tried to get into this band so many times but they just never stick in my mind

SowingSeason
05.05.19
I used to feel the same way but then this record changed my mind

mynameischan
05.05.19
yeah i've listened to it several times. and i always get some enjoyment out of it, but sitting here right now i'm hard-pressed to remember what it sounds like. idk what it is about their music but it just doesn't stick with me.

JohnnyoftheWell
05.05.19
Nice pick, definitely back this one. The heights they take that swinging hook to has classic QOTSA all over it

SowingSeason
05.05.19
yeah in reality I would not argue any pick from the back 6 songs on the album, they're all perfect

SowingSeason
05.05.19
@Chan - does that include Songs for the Deaf? Just listened to that for the first time yesterday and it rivals Like Clockwork as the best QOTSA. Ignore my incessant pushiness, I'm just on a huge kick with this band right now (and mainstream rock in general - Foo Fighters' Wasting Light and The Black Keys' El Camino have been on constant rotation all weekend)

ProjectFreak
05.06.19
yeah I can't get into this band either for some reason. but v. curious about the Wasting Light mention. I feel like sputnik loves to hate Foo but that album is actually incredible

neekafat
05.07.19
nothing is more deserving

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