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 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.
  3. This stomping, panting, sweaty monster is a great listen.
  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. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  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 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. Expand
  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.. 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. BryanS
    Nov 19, 2009
    9
    Every listen I hear something new. Song structure is tossed out the window in favor or rocking musical arrangements that take you places you Every listen I hear something new. Song structure is tossed out the window in favor or rocking musical arrangements that take you places you weren't expecting to go. If anything this album exceeded my already high expectations. The group sounds as if they've been riffing together since the Stone Age. Expand
  5. 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 HommeA 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
  6. LukeJ.
    Nov 23, 2009
    9
    This is one of my favorite albums this year. The only weakness being Grohl on drums and not vocals. Homme gets the job done but it lacks a This is one of my favorite albums this year. The only weakness being Grohl on drums and not vocals. Homme gets the job done but it lacks a little intensity that Grohl delivers. Grohl does rock the drums pretty fierce. Expand
  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 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. Collapse

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