Queens of the Stone Age
The details. This was a promo CD I was sent. Yeah, I know you dont need to know that, but, well Ive made a big deal about trying to be honest about things in this zine. And up to know Ive made a deal about this zine being based around things that I buy. Things are changing a little as Im now on some mailshot lists to get the promo CDs. So this is where it starts. It doesnt affect what I write, or how I review anything. Just want to put the record straight from the start here.
And one reason for saying that, is that Id have been unlikely to have bought this. I was never a major Kyuss fan. Have one of the albums, but that was it.
But enough of that, this is Queens of The Stone Age. Throwback to the 70s? Yeah, definitely. That can be dodgy sometimes, but sometimes it can work, depends on what youre trying to capture and how. This kinda works. There are some boring moments on there, maybe thats the 70s again, cos lets face it, there was some real self-indulgent crap produced then. But although it may be a throwback, I dont really see too much of a Sabbath thing going on here. I cant say Ive ever really listened to the Rolling Stones and those types of bands, but Id imagine that there was perhaps some kind of relationship between them and QOTSA. And the vocals of Josh Homme are intriguing. The high pitched nature works as a contrast to the music, which actually works well. But I get the feeling that after say a couple of albums of the same, it would get a bit tedious, like theres not enough strength and variety there.
Still, tracks like opener Regular John and Walking on the Sidewalks work well. Based around a simple riff and a spartan arrangement, it almost feels like Korn and their ilk never happened. And maybe its that which has dragged me back to this album on more occasions than I expected. Its one of those, yeah, its ok I guess ones which for some inexplicable reason you find yourself reaching for time and again.