Queens of the Stone Age [Reissue] - Queens of the Stone Age
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Apr 14, 2011
    90
    Although less varied and dynamic than Rated R, Queens of the Stone Age simply crackles with energy. At its best, it's just as electrifying, even if it doesn't maintain the dizzying momentum which rolled its follow-up to instant glory.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 8, 2014
    7
    QOTSA deliver a debut record that sets out the bands stall for the rest of their career. The music is primal yet at the same time complex. TheQOTSA deliver a debut record that sets out the bands stall for the rest of their career. The music is primal yet at the same time complex. The rhythm section pounds along with often sludgey power chord sequences in brutal fashion but this is more than your average hard rock/metal. You get a sense that QOTSA are a band with serious self belief. There is no doubting the talent of the band but I do think what we have here is a bit on the raw side and the likes of "Rated R" and "Songs For the Deaf" trump the debut. "Queens of the Stone Age" is a good introduction to the band and an essential listen for fans. Casual listeners should check out some of their later stuff first but be sure to check out the likes of "Regular John", "Walking On the Sidewalks" and "Give The Mule What He Wants". Full Review »
  2. Nov 27, 2014
    9
    Simply put, this album is gritty as **** and I love it. The dirty fuzz in the instrumentation give it a nice, uncut and rough edge that reallySimply put, this album is gritty as **** and I love it. The dirty fuzz in the instrumentation give it a nice, uncut and rough edge that really caps off the overall vibe of the album. It's untamed, it's loud, and it's superb. Excellent riffing and heavy everything, not to mention the almost southern drawl delivery from Hommes that makes Queens of the Stone Age who they are. Full Review »
  3. Feb 6, 2014
    10
    While Songs for the Deaf just about edges it, this is my second favourite album of all time. Includes a lot of my favourite QOTSA songs and isWhile Songs for the Deaf just about edges it, this is my second favourite album of all time. Includes a lot of my favourite QOTSA songs and is just an all round brilliant album. Has a great tone that's half way between Kyuss and QOTSA's later records and (probably) includes my favourite ending song of any QOTSA album. Just buy it. Full Review »