Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Although the loud tracks are the most immediate, the subtleties of later numbers like "Reptiles" prove nearly as rewarding,; don't even think of stopping play before "Gunman" shows what these pros do with a dance number.
  2. Nasty riffs and sticky melodies are everywhere, buttered over by the androgynous harmonies that have made Homme a hard-rock anti-hero, but verse-chorus arrangements hold little interest. Instead, there are fascinating digressions, packed with surprises.
  3. The ghost of Led Zep hangs heavy over this debut collaboration. Though that's mostly "heavy" as in "heartily rocking." Homme's decidedly un-Plant-like vocal tones ensure matters never get too close to the mothership. [20 Nov 2009, p.85]
  4. The biggest pleasure of Them Crooked Vultures is hearing three supremely gifted players fall together quickly and easily on songs built on simple riffs that sound like they were made up on a lark five minutes earlier.
  5. Actually, closer to the truth is that it sounds like a QOTSA record with the kind of solid rhythm-section money couldn't buy. And if that's the case then this is the best QOTSA record since 2002's "Songs For The Deaf".
  6. 80
    Ultimately, such details of momentum and mood are testimony to how Them Crooked Vultures flouts the supergroup manual. It doesn't sound like the work of rich men on holiday, but rather three serious individuals looking to prove themselves over again. [Jan 2010, p. 88]
  7. While there are melodies and hooks that certainly dig into the skull, what impresses is chemistry, how the three play together, how they instigate each other, and how they spur each other on, to the point where their familiar tropes sound fresh.
  8. For both Grohl and Homme, Them Crooked Vultures isn't a supergroup pitched at the world's stadia, but rather a pressure release valve from their highly successful day jobs, an opportunity to kick out the jams - this is very much an album based around heads-down, brain-disengaged, rock 'n' roll boogie jamming - and revisit the classic hard rock sounds they were reared upon. [Jan 2010, p. 114]
  9. From tip to toe, Them Crooked Vultures is composed with an endearing confidence and swagger, executed with aplomb by musicians at the peak of their prowess.
  10. Them Crooked Vultures is a wonderful introduction to this all-star band.
  11. This stomping, panting, sweaty monster is a great listen.
  12. This rock supergroup delivers by drawing upon each member's talents and creating a sound that's refreshingly singular and remarkably fun.
  13. Them Crooked Vultures sounds best when they don’t toy with that formula; the experimentation gets messy.
  14. Homme and Grohl are old hands at this kind of thing--see their excellent Zeppelin homages on the Queens' "Songs for the Deaf." But they definitely seem inspired by Jonesy's presence, and he helps them keep it light.
  15. 70
    Believe it or not, though, this appealingly lightweight set of funky robo-rock jams actually makes good on Homme's promise.
  16. The band’s self-titled debut at times leans too heavily on familiar riff ’n’ roll, but for the most part it’s a groovy cross-generational jam.
  17. Them Crooked Vultures still feels like a record to be checked off a list rather than one to live with and fully invest in.
  18. 60
    In their careers, this band might prove to be a sideshow. But right now, it's one with the possibility of being as gripping as the main event. [Jan 2010, p. 104]
  19. The trio gel in a way most supergroups don't, it all crunches vigorously along, and the kind of irredeemable character who talks approvingly about a guitarist's "licks" will love it. It's more that it's superfluous.
  20. Considering the album starts so strongly, Them Crooked Vultures could have delivered a classic, finely toned EP; but, as it is, it's a little flabby.
  21. It’s an oddball groove-rock album, played very well, imprinted with Homme's undeniably interesting personality. Yet when all’s said and done, it's not particularly memorable and entirely lacks the type of yee-haw exuberance that might have made it a sloppy treat.
  22. Them Crooked Vultures sounds more like an awkward attempt to introduce classic hard-rock rhythmic synergy into a Queens of the Stone age album, an effort that proves remarkably disappointing.
  23. The release is not without brief visits to riff heaven, and it’s in the details that there are pleasures to be found....But too often you bop along to the tight drum/bass syncopations only to forget what you’re listening to--or worse, why.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 117 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. Sep 14, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Josh Homme is probably the least widely known member of this supergroup, but it's his driving force as a frontman that makes the band a success rather than a convoluted disaster. TCV definitely take more of an influence from Queens of the Stone Age than anything else, with a healthy dose of Zeppelin in there alongside. Grohl's contribution comes mainly from his superb drumming, TCV have very little Foos or Nirvana influence. The album works because they have found a formula that is both modern and new and yet strongly imposed upon by Homme and Jones' previous work. The album fails to get a higher score due to a couple of mediocre tracks halfway through. I hope the vultures fly again because they soared beautifully this time. Full Review »
  2. Mar 3, 2012
    8
    Now this is what I call, You have joshua Hommes from Queens of the Stone Age on vocals and Guitar,John Paul Jones from Led Zepplin on bass and you have Dave )"I've been in a Legendary band TWICE!") Grohl poinding away on drums. This album shreds and shreds hard. Every track has a killer riff, a sick beat and and epic lyrics sang by one of the most smoothest voices in Rock! If can find an album that rocks harder than this then you're some sort of God. Till then we have this masterpiece. Full Review »
  3. j30
    Dec 6, 2011
    9
    A near classic album from the ultimate super group with John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (Nirvana & Foo Fighters), and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone age). Everybody's musical style complements each other in a surprisingly fresh way. Full Review »