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. CarlV
    Apr 13, 2010
    10
    This album is simply one of the best albums from all the contributing parties. It's a great experiment they made, with no one to impress after unanimous success, they still impress anyway. Mark of a truly amazing band. Other bands should take note. Collapse
  2. JohnT.
    Nov 24, 2009
    10
    saw these guys in seattle. some of the greatest hard rock moments ive ever seen live. and that includes sabbath, metallica, soundgarden.. they have only scratched the surface of the endless possibilities Expand
  3. JohnM.
    Feb 9, 2010
    10
    Awesome guitar and bass. Tight drums and diverse singing.
  4. DanalyzerX
    Nov 19, 2009
    9
    Start. Stop. Go Fast. Slow Down. Take Your Time. Hurry Up. If this doesn't make sense to a reviewer from Spin or RS, why am I not surprised? Did you enjoy the bonfire where Matchbox 20 and the Spin Doctors were cranked and some dumbass jock who HAD a car made off w/ your g/f? OMG- This is the shot heard around the rock world. It is so tongue in cheek at times- "You'll blow them all in King Dumbcumb" - Bandoliers? umm an unofficial airing of grievances ala JPJ re: Page and Plant? The balls to call a song Reptiles? After all, wasnt the mighty LZ referred to as Dinosaurs by Darby Crash or some other punk icon? Joshua has other lil pokes here, too many to mention but is this ever so fine, particularly at a time when Nirvana live shit is being released and Nickleback is still on the charts. Shun shun shun, I shall have my fun knowing this has Brett Michaels heading back to Pennsylvania scratching his ass and shaking his head. Say hi to Axl baby. This has camaros in high school parking lots revved and ready to go..... getting stoned never felt so good- oh wait- is that my woman unzipping my pants? Why, yes it is. Cheers P Diddy. Expand
  5. TimH
    Feb 2, 2010
    9
    These three artists are solid in their other groups, and come together powerfully for TCV. I don't always love "supergoups" but this time it absolutely works. Expand
  6. JaredM.
    Nov 22, 2009
    9
    One cannot expect much better from a supergroup composed of some of the most skilled musicians in the rock n' roll business.
  7. RyanB.
    Nov 28, 2009
    3
    The super group "Them Crooked Vultures" looks good on paper... The disc itself though blends together to create nothing. It all sounds the same, and leaves much to be desired on all fronts. Maybe it was the less then deserved hype from the media or the band that made this disc seem so mediocre. Expand

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