- Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the Josh Homme-led rock band includes Dave Grohl on drums as well as guest vocals from Brody Dalle, Alain Johannes, Elton John, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor, Jake Shears, Alex Turner, and former bassist Nick Oliveri.
- Record Label: Matador
- Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Stoner Metal
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MojoJun 17, 2013An album truly fit to do battle with the rock classics of any age. [Jul 2013, p.80]
MagnetJul 17, 2013Queens Of The Stone Age lumbers its way through a series of increasingly skronky, sludge-by-numbers jams and sound. [No. 100, p.57]
Jun 4, 2013While 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.… Expand
Nov 15, 2013Love this cd just like Arctic Monkey's AM, I was happy to enjoy a few pure rock cd releases this year. This cd hooked me from the start andLove this cd just like Arctic Monkey's AM, I was happy to enjoy a few pure rock cd releases this year. This cd hooked me from the start and I enjoyed every track. Love that they are from Palm Desert as well, since I am also a desert dweller, not too far away from them, in Las Vegas!… Expand
Jun 4, 2013This is one of the best albums I've ever heard! Every song is so great, I have to listen to the album completely. Never have I had anThis is one of the best albums I've ever heard! Every song is so great, I have to listen to the album completely. Never have I had an experience similar to this, where I liked all the songs on the album. And the journey this album takes you on, is simply astounding! I could listen to this album hours and hours, day for day. Defenitely a 10/10! LISTEN IT!… Expand
Jan 12, 2015God this album is so good. Like, I love QOTSA a LOT, enough to say that all of their releases so far have been really solid. But this albumGod this album is so good. Like, I love QOTSA a LOT, enough to say that all of their releases so far have been really solid. But this album looks and feels like a return to what they were doing back in the late 90's and early 2000's. This is superior to both Era Vulgaris and Lullabies to Paralyze (both of which are still very good albums) and is right up there with Rated R, Songs for the Deaf, and their self-titled debut in 1998. The thematic nature is so wonderful, and it makes my favorite tracks like "I Sat by the Ocean", "If I Had a Tail", "Smooth Sailing", and "I Appear Missing" all feel so effortlessly connected and beautiful. Seriously, this album is ****… Expand
Jun 11, 2013So far so good, QotSA have delivered a lot of titles, some famous (Little Sister, Go with the Flow, Make it With Chu), some unknown (You thinkSo far so good, QotSA have delivered a lot of titles, some famous (Little Sister, Go with the Flow, Make it With Chu), some unknown (You think i ain't worth a dollar[...]) but all of them were good. But this album, man this album is almost perfect The overture with "Keep your eyes peeled" is not well chosen, but the rest of the album is just a pure pleasure to your ears. With some dancing titles like "Smooth Sailing" or "Salt by the Ocean", some angry one like "My god is the sun" or "If I Had a tail" and beautiful ballads like "The Vampire of time and memories" this album is, so far, one of the best 2013's album !
The only regret i have is that this album could have been more "constructed" if only the order of some titles could have been change while the transitions are perfect once the 4th title reach.
A must have for everyone who love good music and a masterpiece for QotSA's Fans… Expand
Nov 22, 2013Very nearly a 10, I'd been waiting 6 years for this album and couldn't have asked for better. It's not on the same level as Songs for theVery nearly a 10, I'd been waiting 6 years for this album and couldn't have asked for better. It's not on the same level as Songs for the Deaf, Rated R or their Self-titled (then again, what is) however it lived up to the hype that I built up over the years I waited. If I Had a Tail is a personal favourite, but every song on the album is great.… Expand
Dec 1, 2013This album is so desperate for an identity by featuring a multitude of guest musicians, but it leaves a very disjointed, schizophrenic feelingThis album is so desperate for an identity by featuring a multitude of guest musicians, but it leaves a very disjointed, schizophrenic feeling that just never accomplishes anything worthwhile. Outside of "My God Is The Sun" (thanks for the first single, giving me the impression the whole album would sound that way), nothing on this brick is listenable.
So you were hospitalized. The album is as boring as the inspiration for the tracks. The upsetting part is that if there weren't complications with his surgery, we would have had a second Them Crooked Vultures album. I feel robbed.
Josh Homme can't steer the ship by himself. He's great guitarist but an average singer, and benefits much from his celebrity friends to flesh out songs. However, too many cooks ruined the stew here.
One good song. Skip this terrible album.… Expand
Published: December 4, 2013Throughout the coming weeks, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from dozens of music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual lists and this year's cumulative rankings inside.
Awards & Rankings
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