Queens Of The Stone Age


March 11, 2011 by Dan Swinhoe

Every review you will read of Queens Of The Stone Age’s reissue of their eponymous debut album will bow down and bathe in it’s glory. A cynic will say it’s because it’s been out of print for years (the only copy I found for a long time was a clear blue vinyl). But cynics are boring and dull. This album is anything but.

After carving out a legend with previous band Kyuss, no one expected much of Josh Homme’s next band. There was no pressure and no demand for Homme to go on to creative and commercial glory. So this album is surprisingly impressive.

It’s a show of confidence to mix bonus tracks in with the original tracklisting and not spirit them away to the end or even on a different disc. Virgin ears won’t notice songs like The Bronze and These Aren’t The Droids as they were added later.

Homme creates the atmospheric feel of a drowsy day relaxing in a hammock in a dry arid desert. All together they create an album of slow, hazy hard rock. If you know any QOTSA nothing here will be surprising. The polish of later albums was yet to be put on and the songs have a rough yet familiar feel.

While previous albums lack cohesion or consistency this is a strong set of songs without a weak link. There are a million and one superfluous reissues, rereleases and cash cows being milked every year. This is one of the few you really need in your collection.

Original at: http://sparksunderland.com/2011/03/11/queens-of-the-stone-age/


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