...Like Clockwork - Queens of the Stone Age

Universal acclaim - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. May 28, 2013
    Homme has marshaled all of his strengths on ...Like Clockwork and has found a way forward, a way to deepen his music without compromising his identity.
  2. Jun 17, 2013
    An album truly fit to do battle with the rock classics of any age. [Jul 2013, p.80]
  3. Josh Homme and his all-star pals prove the virtue of taking your sweet time on a record that’s as self-assured as it is damn sexy.
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    A record of decadent, perverse, feel-weird hits of the winter. Just in time for summer.
  5. 100
    Stoner-rock heavyweight Josh Homme shows no ring rust on QOTSA's first new album in six years. [14 Jun 2013, p.94]
  6. Jun 4, 2013
    It’s the one of the best QOTSA records to date.
  7. Jun 10, 2013
    ...Like Clockwork is easily the best release from the band since Songs for the Deaf.
  8. Jul 3, 2013
    Like Clockwork: great for rock & roll, great for culture, great for the world.
  9. 90
    It’s the kind of album we critics tritely refer to as a return to form but with the massively remarkable beast that ...Like Clockwork royally is, never has the phrase been more fitting.
  10. May 28, 2013
    With all its sonic diversity, consistency and precision, ...Like Clockwork is an impressive step in the right direction.
  11. Jun 3, 2013
    It should go without saying but it needs to said: this is an intricate, jarring and complicated piece of work and is undeniably brilliant.
  12. 90
    Their rejuvenating effects make this the most rounded and melodic QOTSA album in a decade, a triumph snatched from the mortuary doors. [Summer 2013, p.88]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 258 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 72
  2. Negative: 1 out of 72
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    It's so refreshing to hear Josh Homme's main band record some new music after his recent troubles in the hospital and depressions and whatnot. But how does this new record hold up to the genius they've released before? Well, it matches nearly perfectly in quality to classics like "Songs for the Deaf" and "Lullabies to Paralyze", but strangely stands as its own record. It's more mellow and heartfelt than previous releases, yet still provides some decent headbangers along the ride. If you're a fan, it's definitely worth checking out. If you're not, it's still definitely worth checking out. Full Review »
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    While it may be a well worn platitude, "good things come to those who wait" has never been more true. And "good things" on ...Like Clockwork abound. From the haunted house monster stomp of the album's opener "Keep Your Eyes Peeled", the arena rock bravado of "Fairweather Friends", to the melodic melancholy of the eponymous album closer, it is some of JHo and Company's most adventurous work to date. And yet, never at any point did I wonder if it was QOTSA. A triumph. Full Review »
  3. Jun 5, 2013
    Too many jerky tempo changes and slow rhythms bog this album down. When it does start to sound like vintage Queens it lacks the gusto, fuzz, and dimension, the reckless abandon. It's still unique in it's old Homme way and the is ever-present, it just seems stripped down and lonesome instead of heart-pumping and creepy. I Appear Missing is the gem here. Full Review »