Lullabies To Paralyze - Queens of the Stone Age

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. This is metal that swings, heavy with a deft touch. [24 Apr 2005]
  2. The Queens have officially given us the first legitimate Album Of The Year candidate for 2005. [May 2005, p.130]
  3. They are so good, so natural on Lullabies to Paralyze that it's easy to forget that they just lost Oliveri, but that just makes Homme's triumph here all the more remarkable.
  4. 84
    Taken on its own, any one of these songs is pretty good--and some are really good--but Lullabies to Paralyze is held prostrate by an overall lack of variety not made up for by kitsch or vigor. [#14, p.94]
  5. Lullabies to Paralyze explodes with tight, meaty riffs, enormous pop melodies and vocals that seem to come from outer space.
  6. If this is what treading water sounds like, I'll take it.
  7. Where 'Songs For The Deaf' was about jumping up and down until your eardrums burst, 'Lullabies To Paralyze' will use its enigmatic mysticism to lull you into a blissful daze so you don't at first notice that the riffs have broken your neck. [12 Mar 2005, p.55]
  8. At times, the songs get bogged down in too much heavy instrumentation, but they are always saved by [Homme's] soothing, drawling vocals. [#9]
  9. What's great about this album is they've managed to wield the same monolithic power riffs but make them count, with melodies and ideas way more consistent than before.
  10. 80
    This is not a Big Rock Record. Instead it's intimate, multi-layered and uplifting. [Apr 2005, p.86]
  11. 80
    Effectively embracing the entire history of the band's sound, the album sprawls over an hour, and has so many peaks and valleys it's practically topographical. [Apr 2005, p.98]
  12. Precise, tough, tuneful, ambitious and sexy as hell. [Apr 2005, p.112]
  13. Homme has emerged with the best songs of his career.
  14. Lullabies is one of the strongest albums of 2005 thus far, from beginning to end.
  15. It's the magnetic push and pull of its different sonic layers and shifting moods that really defines the record (for better and worse), and rewards repeated listens.
  16. The 2005 version of QOTSA finds the band more relaxed and loose than it has ever been on record.
  17. They still cuss (in case you for-fucking-got), and they still gab about drinking and screwing and dabbing their noses in the c-c-c-c-c-cocaine, so all's good in that regard.
  18. Lullabies occasionally evokes early Black Sabbath and nods to a few psych-rock stalwarts but, like most Queens' records, it's oddly unclassifiable. It's also troublingly inconsistent.
  19. The macho posturing can get obnoxious.... That said, anyone looking for a band that can mix and match metal, blues, thrash, punk, psychedelia, and grunge as the mood suits will be floored by Lullabies. [25 Mar 2005, p.70]
  20. 75
    An eclectic, rippin' record whose only shortcoming is its commitment to artistic quality. [Apr 2005, p.99]
  21. Lullabies to Paralyze loses points for a handful of uninspired tracks and questionable production values, but I can’t imagine anybody who’s enjoyed the Queens in the past not taking to at least half of the songs on this album.
  22. For the most part, "Lullabies To Paralyze" keeps up the high musical standard set by its predecessors.
  23. Where Songs for the Deaf found the perfect middle ground between aggressive rocking licks and experimental flourishes, Lullabies falls to the experimental side.
  24. 60
    Sounds routine, obscure without much mystery. [Apr 2005, p.124]
  25. It's the tension between Homme's conflicting impulses that pressurizes Lullabies to Paralyze's highest points and accounts for its lows.
  26. 60
    It's an overstuffed, uneven album, one that's not disappointing as much as it is disorienting. [#67, p.111]
  27. Even if the characteristic humor is gone, the album hits more than it misses -- but it's fairly bottom-heavy, leaving much stoner drone in the way of the eventual goods.
  28. Without other strong personalities in the band to rein him in, Homme's occasional excesses undercuts what makes QOTSA so great.
  29. ‘Songs For The Deaf’ worked because it had the tunes to handle the drama. It dared you to hate it at first so that it could eventually win you over, which made its triumph all the greater. But with ‘Lullabies To Paralyze’ you’re waiting a long time to be won over, and when it finally happens, it’s far too brief.
  30. Lullabies is ultimately a demanding, schizophrenic, lopsided album. At its best, it's an elaboration on what Queens have become known for -- distinct, droning, melodic, heavy guitar rock. At its worst it's futile, go-nowhere studio sludge.
  31. Even through patches of mediocrity, QOTSA still offer something healthy and respectable to the hard rock world, but too much of anything can be bad for you.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 136 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 63
  2. Negative: 2 out of 63
  1. VladaJ
    Aug 15, 2007
    for me this is best album ever,best album of 2007, although i spent lot of time listening to it end i'm finding that this album can't be likeable at first,and you realy must like if someone say that he realy listens them and say that he don't like that album,then i can understand... QOTSA FAN Full Review »
  2. Apr 11, 2012
    If you take the lead single "Everybody Knows That Your Insane" out of the mix, this is a really dull affair and doesn't do the band justice at all. Almost as if they had blown all their rock energy when making Songs for the Deaf. Full Review »
  3. Oct 24, 2014
    This is a fantastically dark and atmospheric album from QotSA. The album maintains a unique and hypnotic tone that is equal parts dreadful, cocky, and creepy. The musical arrangement is phenomenal with great use of heavily distorted, fuzzy guitar tones and lap steels. This album is quite varied with each song containing it's own unique and memorable take on the Queens sound. An instant classic and an extremely underrated album. Full Review »