Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork



by FCY USER (17 Reviews)
May 28th, 2013 | 2 replies

Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not your average everyday stoner.

Right out of the box, …Like Clockwork is an easy and enjoyable listen. It’s less heavy and complex than the often exhausting yet brilliant “Songs for the Deaf”. Then again, who needs complex arrangements and heavy duty jack hammer riffs when you have tracks like I Sat By the Ocean and If I Had a Tail" More calm, bluesy and fresh, the album pulls you in on your first listen until you keep on listening for a while longer.

The record is as haunting and moody as it’s playful and fun. Whilst you have down-tempo pieces like Vampyre of Time and Memory and I Appear Missing”, the door is wide open for upbeat and leg-tapping secret pleasures in the form of Smooth Sailing. The vibe is rich and attractive from almost every perspective. Smiling at just how good everything sounds is inevitable.

As in life, beauty is found also in tragic moments. And it doesn’t get more tragic than Josh Homme in his most fragile state during the title track. It’s all downhill from here, he claims. Far from it. The song progresses from a simple piano arrangement into a blast of moody guitar textures, embracing an ocean of long awaited melancholy as the album closes with superb glory.

...Like Clockwork finds the Queens in their most focused state of mind. The band sounds intact, but it’s always Josh Homme who leads the way and steals the spotlight with brilliant falsettos and inspiring lyrics. However, the musicianship is undeniably perfect with well-crafted arrangements that always take you back to another listen and then some.

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    QOTSA return with a bang, delivering a solidly constructed record that's imbued with seduc...

    SgtPepper STAFF (3.9)
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    Minus. (4)
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    AaronBatt (4)
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  • MikeC26 (4)
    "if reason is priceless then there's no reason to pay for it."...

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

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

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

  • bmon13 (5)
    One of the most important albums of my life (thus far)...

    Alex445 (4)
    "I blow my load over the status quo."...

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

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

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May 28th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

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May 29th 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

Well said! Pos'd.

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