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

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
    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

Universal acclaim- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 6, 2014
    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 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 »
  2. Feb 26, 2012
    The reissue of the debut album at last! After around nine years, Queens Of The Stone Age have re-mastered and re-released their 90s stoner rock self-titled album. My personal favourite songs include Mexicola and Regular John, both of which sound a lot less 'muddy' than the original. A couple of songs have been added to the track list including Spiders And Vinegaroons.
    Everything somehow sounds a lot clearer here, and this new quality of old songs really adds to the energy. To any more recent Queens Of The Stone Age fans: don't be surprised by the less refined style of this album; there's definitely a lack of that spacious atmosphere we've gorwn accustomed to hear from Josh Homme and his band. However the tasty riffs and wall-of-sound guitar tone definitely make up for this! This is closer to Homme and Oliveri's 80s stoner metal band Kyuss than anything the queens have done since Songs For The Deaf (this is probably due to Oliveri's input until 2003 when he was fired from the band for being a wife-beating maniac.... Anyhoo...).
    Absolutely worth buying, unless you have anything against Kyuss. Or Nick Oliveri. Or crude album covers.
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  3. j30
    Sep 4, 2011
    One of the most important hard rock bands from the late 90's early 00's re-releasing their brilliant debut LP. A near perfect album.