Queens of the Stone Age
Songs for the Deaf



by Stormy Smiley Face USER (114 Reviews)
November 30th, 2005 | 15 replies

Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

After releasing four albums, QOTSA’s greatest album to me is obviously their third album, Songs for the Deaf. With a combination of mellow relaxing tunes (e.g.-Hangin’ Tree), some hard rock songs (e.g.-You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire) and a couple of eerie sounding songs (e.g.-Song for the Deaf). Most of the songs on this album could have easily been singles, many songs featuring something different that I find enjoyable.

This band has certainly seen some line up changes, but at the time this album was recorded was Josh Homme playing guitar and doing some awesome vocals, Dave Grohl beating down on the drums, Nick Oliveri pulling on the strings of the bass, and Mark Lanegan playing some sweet chords on the guitar. There is a total of thirteen songs on the album along with a supposedly hidden track. It’s not really hidden though because it says “Hidden Track-Mosquito Song” on the back of the cd where the rest of the track list is.

The album starts off with the sound of a car engine and beeping from the inside of the car and in comes a radio station that states “we play the songs that sound more like everyone else than anyone else”. Radio DJ Kip Casper comes in and says “I need a saga, what’s the saga? It’s Songs for the Deaf”. The overall musicianship for the album is quite impressive in every single department, which is a rare case for most bands or albums. Joshua Homme’s singing is one of the best things about this band, with his unique and somewhat eerie voice. His best vocal performances on this album are most likely the songs First It Giveth, Gonna Leave You, and No One Knows. The guitar playing from Josh and Mark is without a doubt, the premier part of this album. The leads that are played throughout many songs are fantastic and can not be praised enough. Every song there is something that the guitars have to offer that makes that one song unique. However, sometimes the chords that are played tend to become somewhat boring and repetitive. The bass from Nick has it’s fair share of moments as well with a cool moving bass line throughout he song No One Knows, along with many other songs that depend on the bass as a central part. Dave Grohl’s work on the album might at times seem to only be average, but there are plenty of moments where he has his moments to shine, obviously on songs such as Song For The Dead, which is also the masterpiece song on the album with fantastic musicianship throughout and then there is also the song Hangin’ Tree where Dave does a great job as well. The single Go With The Flow has an interesting beat to it, although not overly complicated. Some of the drum work on the album can seem slightly tedious at times however. A good example of just average drumming would most likely be actually a favorite of mine, You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire. Some songs will start to sound the same, which is what the only weak part of the entire album is. Not all songs are written around the same structure though and are completely different from each other, giving the record some slight diversity.

This album is a near perfect record to me and despite the fact that some people will be annoyed by the singing voice of Joshua Homme and the slight repetitiveness; this record will definitely have something for any fan rock to enjoy. I could only narrow my favorite songs on the album to six and those are- Millionaire, [i]No One Knows[i], First It Giveth, Song For The Dead, Hangin’ Tree, and God Is In The Radio. To me there are no real weak songs, but some times the riffs will start to sound the same and will cause some boredom. I give this a rating of superb (4.5 out of 5). I hope you all enjoyed this review and found it to be well written. Thank you for your time.

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Storm In A Teacup
December 1st 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

This album is so great. It was just begging to be given an overall review. :cool: Leave your comments about this review and album. Thanks. :thumb:

December 1st 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

Good overall review.

I don't have this, but I have heard a few tracks. I didn't think that it was that great, but I thought it was good nonetheless.

December 1st 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

One of my favourite albums ever, and your review gives it justice

nice work mate.

December 1st 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

I like this album alot. Song For The Dead is my favorite along with Mosquito Song and God Is On The Radio.

Storm In A Teacup
December 1st 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Cheeto-t]Song For The Dead is my favorite along with Mosquito Song and God Is On The Radio.[/quote]

Song For The Dead is my favorite as well, but you know that from the review.

Also, it's God Is In The Radio, not On The Radio.

December 1st 2005


My favourite QOTSA album as well, just ahead of Rated R. They're both 4.5/5 albums though.

December 1st 2005


I don't have this one, but Rated R is brilliant. No One Knows was great, too.

Shuffle It All
December 1st 2005


its a good album, but i can see how its more than a 4, track 1 is personally the best but i think apart from the singles, i.e go with the flow, no one know and first it giveth, the rest seem filler, though i havent listened to this album much.

December 9th 2005


the best song on this album is song for the dead, although its way better live. and good review dude

January 30th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I'm listening to this right now, its so guuuuud. I love the radio snipets.

Zesty Mordant
January 30th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, definately their best.

"Another Love Song", "Millionaire", and "Mosquito Song" are all fantabulous tracks.

And I never get tired of the little drum solo at the beginning of "Song for the Dead"

Storm In A Teacup
February 4th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

This is still a superb album. It's a fantastic listen just for whenever.

February 19th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Terrific album. The only things I don't like about it are the radio snippets and I'm not all that fond of Mosquito Song.

That's not enough to drag this album down at all, however. My favorites would have to be Song For The Dead and Millionaire.

Two-Headed Boy
March 12th 2006


Album Rating: 2.5

This album is pretty sweet, though some songs bring it down.

Almighty review, Kripes.

October 28th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

Great review for a great album Pos'd

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