Lullabies To Paralyze - Queens of the Stone Age
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  • Summary: Only Josh Homme remains from the QOTSA's previous LP, and he's now joined by guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen (A Perfect Circle) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig). The band's fourth album also includes appearances by Brody Dalle, Shirley Manson and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
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  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. 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]
  3. The 2005 version of QOTSA finds the band more relaxed and loose than it has ever been on record.
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. For the most part, "Lullabies To Paralyze" keeps up the high musical standard set by its predecessors.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 63
  2. Negative: 2 out of 63
  1. SeanW
    Mar 25, 2005
    Not as excellent as 'Songs for the Deaf' (which on a scale of 1-10 was a 12) but still rocks harder than anything else you're gonna hear on the radio without a rap beat or emo screaming Expand
  2. RyanL
    Apr 9, 2005
    Anyone who didn't think this worth the cash, need only listen to "Burn The Witch" a few times on a friends CD, cuz you know your friends got it. The layered guitar riffs, melodic vocals, blending Homme, Billy Gibbons, and Lanegan in a alto, soprano, whiskey-drinking smoker trio that bring life to words that are so simple. Go ahead. Prove me wrong. I dare you. Expand
  3. 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 Expand
  4. JohnnyFeelgood
    Mar 25, 2005
    The engineering/production is HORRIBLE. The songs are BRILLIANT. This could have been a classic album, but the engineers/mixers/masterers screwed it up. This is the real issue here. The songs, themselves, are much better than the songs on Songs for the Deaf. Expand
  5. May 6, 2011
    classic album 8.9,this is a wonderful albums the lyrics are spot on.a blues experimental type from qotsa.
    good for when your sick of
    something.i recommend this album ..a true journey Expand
  6. MikeC
    May 15, 2005
    This is probably on a par with songs for the deaf. There maybe aren't as many good tunes, but it is more adventurous in many ways. The sense of humour is still there, it's just burried a little deeper than previously. Expand
  7. calcxxk
    Mar 23, 2005
    After two of the greatest albums EVER and one pretty good one in Songs..., Queens just give us an album thats barely a joke. Some moments would sound great from other bands - I Never Came and Little Sister are good, but very standard in their apporach. I find this album a little insulting really. Collapse

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