Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
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  • Summary: The debut album for the supergroup composed of the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme, and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
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  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. 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]
  3. 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".
  4. This rock supergroup delivers by drawing upon each member's talents and creating a sound that's refreshingly singular and remarkably fun.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Feb 13, 2011
    8
    A very good debut album. Them Crooked Vultures sounds very different from other rock bands. The amount of talent in all these musicians are so incredible and it really shows on this album. Each song sounds great. The drumming is especially noticeable in this album and it's amazing. All In All, Them Crooked Vultures may not be an important album, but still nevertheless a great album. B+ Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  5. May 27, 2011
    7
    It's no match for a good blaster at your side, but it's good. The first track is epic, the second and third are good and after that, it blends together although it remains solid. Caligulove and Reptiles are the exception to that and deserve respect for their originality. Expand

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