...Like Clockwork

  • Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Jun 4, 2013

Universal acclaim - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
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  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 3, 2013
    It’s not propulsive like Era Vulgaris or dense and plodding like Lullabies to Paralyze. Instead, this is a record that feels more loose and laid-back, which is appropriate for a group that’s getting back together after a few years off.
  3. Jun 3, 2013
    Fittingly for a band that’s spent the past few years retooling itself, it takes some time for Queens to shake off the cobwebs and get back to full strength.
  4. Uncut
    May 30, 2013
    ...Like Clockwork is the sound of the band, oddly, albeit entertainingly unsettled. [Jul 2013, p.79]
  5. Q Magazine
    Jun 17, 2013
    ...Like Clockwork is a return to form. [Jul 2013, p.107]
  6. Mojo
    Jun 17, 2013
    An album truly fit to do battle with the rock classics of any age. [Jul 2013, p.80]
  7. Jun 4, 2013
    Yet for all his demon-steed drive, Homme's a versatile guy--he coos as persuasively as he howls, and few can rain down metal decay with as much nuance and craft.
  8. 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.
  9. Jun 24, 2013
    Perhaps a little minimalism--not stretching so many of those ideas to close to or more than five minutes—would make this an infinitely more enjoyable ride.
  10. May 30, 2013
    Despite the distinct swerve in direction, there are still numerous killer blows to be found on ...Like Clockwork.
  11. Jun 3, 2013
    It's not entirely successful, but also it's far from a failure--and it's certainly a unique piece of art that shouldn't be dismissed after the first or second listen.
  12. Jun 4, 2013
    A record of decadent, perverse, feel-weird hits of the winter. Just in time for summer.
  13. May 30, 2013
    The album is dominated by Homme's razor-sharp songwriting, which ranges from the robotic pulse of If I Had a Tail to the succinct thud of My God Is the Sun and the wickedly infectious Smooth Sailing.
  14. Jun 4, 2013
    It should be noted that this all sounds fantastic.
  15. Entertainment Weekly
    Jun 7, 2013
    Stoner-rock heavyweight Josh Homme shows no ring rust on QOTSA's first new album in six years. [14 Jun 2013, p.94]
  16. Alternative Press
    May 30, 2013
    Surrendering to its strange charms could be one of the smartest decisions you make this year. [Jul 2013, p.106]
  17. 80
    ...Like Clockwork is one of the year’s finer rock albums--an exercise in songwriting, production, and musicianship.
  18. Jun 4, 2013
    It’s the one of the best QOTSA records to date.
  19. May 30, 2013
    Song for song, however, this is the best QOTSA album in a decade, delivering all the swagger and skew of their greatest work without rehashing it.
  20. Jun 10, 2013
    ...Like Clockwork is easily the best release from the band since Songs for the Deaf.
  21. 80
    Mr. Homme’s new songs are as strong as anything in that extensive catalog.
  22. Jul 3, 2013
    Like Clockwork: great for rock & roll, great for culture, great for the world.
  23. 80
    By having faith that his songwriting ability would stand up to being thrust into unchartered musical territory, he’s overseen the making of a tight album that has a cohesiveness that belies how open it is to new--and genuinely exciting--ideas.
  24. May 28, 2013
    Still flaunting in the grunge realm, the overall result is tough, yet accessible, including some deeper moments.
  25. Jun 4, 2013
    Most of the songs here are growers, and even the one's that are supposed to be immediate tunes like "My God Is The Sun" and "If I Had A Tail", don't quite grab and hold on to our attention like "No One Knows" or "Little Sister".
  26. May 28, 2013
    With all its sonic diversity, consistency and precision, ...Like Clockwork is an impressive step in the right direction.
  27. 75
    Homme is one of the few singers and lyricists today who know that rock 'n' roll is built on a mix of menace and dark humor, and almost every track on ...Like Clockwork has a moment that makes you want to drive to Joshua Tree, pound some beers and start fires in the shape of pentagrams.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Jun 5, 2013
    This is isn't album to fall in love with at first sight or listen; indeed, this requires a form of courtship between listener and album as the former, over time, opens up its many dense layers to first entice and then slowly seduce the latter into a lasting and meaningful relationship.
  31. 80
    It's his band's most musically diverse effort.
  32. Now on the other side of forty, this is QOTSA as weary of mortality as they’ve ever been. They also sound as vital, forceful and rough around the edges as they have in over a decade. Welcome back, gentlemen.
  33. Kerrang!
    Jun 26, 2013
    Like Clockwork may have been wrought from turmoil, what it delivers is the sound of Queens Of The Stone Age back at the top of their game. [15 Jun 2013, p.54]
  34. May 30, 2013
    It's arguably the most potent lineup since Josh Homme put QOTSA together in 1996, and it's embellished on the band's sixth studio album by guests.
  35. The band return to the slow-and-low, sinister alt-boogie that made their name, with Homme's satisfying dirty badass guitar sound in full effect.
  36. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jul 23, 2013
    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]
  37. 80
    So, while ...Like Clockwork doesn’t have that many feel good hits of the summer, there are plenty of lullabies to paralyze.
  38. Jun 3, 2013
    ...Like Clockwork is the best and most focused Queens album since “Songs for the Deaf” in 2002.
  39. Jun 7, 2013
    Despite expanding their sonic remit further than ever, Queens Of The Stone Age are still the same peerless band, indebted only to themselves.
  40. 70
    Not the best Queens of the Stone Age record, but a respectable showing with a few absolute gems.
  41. Jun 5, 2013
    Josh Homme and fellow Queens Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, and Michael Shuman have gotten back on beam for the band’s first album in six years, apparently rediscovering the joys of creating robotic, riff-oriented hard-rock songs.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 308 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 78
  2. Negative: 1 out of 78
  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.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 ClockworkWhile 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,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 »