...Like Clockwork

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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the Josh Homme-led rock band includes Dave Grohl on drums as well as guest vocals from Brody Dalle, Alain Johannes, Elton John, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor, Jake Shears, Alex Turner, and former bassist Nick Oliveri.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. Mojo
    Jun 17, 2013
    100
    An album truly fit to do battle with the rock classics of any age. [Jul 2013, p.80]
  2. Jun 10, 2013
    90
    ...Like Clockwork is easily the best release from the band since Songs for the Deaf.
  3. Jul 3, 2013
    89
    Like Clockwork: great for rock & roll, great for culture, great for the world.
  4. May 30, 2013
    80
    Song for song, however, this is the best QOTSA album in a decade, delivering all the swagger and skew of their greatest work without rehashing it.
  5. The band return to the slow-and-low, sinister alt-boogie that made their name, with Homme's satisfying dirty badass guitar sound in full effect.
  6. Jun 3, 2013
    73
    Fittingly for a band that’s spent the past few years retooling itself, it takes some time for Queens to shake off the cobwebs and get back to full strength.
  7. Magnet
    Jul 17, 2013
    35
    Queens Of The Stone Age lumbers its way through a series of increasingly skronky, sludge-by-numbers jams and sound. [No. 100, p.57]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 79
  2. Negative: 1 out of 79
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    10
    While it may be a well worn platitude, "good things come to those who wait" has never been more true. And "good things" on ...Like ClockworkWhile it may be a well worn platitude, "good things come to those who wait" has never been more true. And "good things" on ...Like Clockwork abound. From the haunted house monster stomp of the album's opener "Keep Your Eyes Peeled", the arena rock bravado of "Fairweather Friends", to the melodic melancholy of the eponymous album closer, it is some of JHo and Company's most adventurous work to date. And yet, never at any point did I wonder if it was QOTSA. A triumph. Expand
  2. Dec 8, 2013
    10
    ASS_N_TREBLE IS AN IDIOT! AND IS BECAUSE OF THESE IDIOTS THAT I GIVE NOTE MAXIMUM
    this idiot has done here more negative votes for this
    ASS_N_TREBLE IS AN IDIOT! AND IS BECAUSE OF THESE IDIOTS THAT I GIVE NOTE MAXIMUM
    this idiot has done here more negative votes for this album, it's not just this, and the funny thing is that it has no further comment other albums.
    Não brinquem, quem são vocês para fazerem uma revisão de um artista seus idiotas...são artista? compõem música? são inteligentes o suficiente para estarem aqui a dar pontuação, são estudiosos nesta matéria. Só sabem ouvir o que os media querem e depois fazem critica de coisas que não percebem... há por aqui muito atrasado mental a fazer revisão (ass_n_treble......), gostava de conhecer esse calhorda E OS OUTROS PESSOALMENTE, a minha psicopatia vem ao de cima, com este tipo de gente. Não constroem nada apenas destroem e incendeiam, adorava ter esses calhordas minha frente, reduzia-os a uma massa de carne e sangue.. Daqui a 10 ANOS veremos quem são os VERDADEIROS CLÁSSICOS.
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  3. Jun 4, 2013
    10
    This is one of the best albums I've ever heard! Every song is so great, I have to listen to the album completely. Never have I had anThis is one of the best albums I've ever heard! Every song is so great, I have to listen to the album completely. Never have I had an experience similar to this, where I liked all the songs on the album. And the journey this album takes you on, is simply astounding! I could listen to this album hours and hours, day for day. Defenitely a 10/10! LISTEN IT! Expand
  4. Jan 19, 2015
    10
    Stoner rock elite take a bad trip. Like Clockwork is dirty, harsh but ultimately beautiful. Easily Queens strongest album, it's their opusStoner rock elite take a bad trip. Like Clockwork is dirty, harsh but ultimately beautiful. Easily Queens strongest album, it's their opus magnus and only missing that one killer mainstream track to lure the pop muppets over to the enlightened side (there is no duality, monkey wrench or uprising).

    As it stands Like Clockwork is an epic piece of work flowing seamlessly from track to track and blending all the elements utterly seamlessly (you will NOT spot Elton John guesting on a track unless you're looking for him).

    Starting quietly but building throughout to the end with the ultimately sad but uplifting title track Like Clockwork is one of the most complete albums I've ever heard - there is no song I would skip here.
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  5. Jun 11, 2013
    9
    So far so good, QotSA have delivered a lot of titles, some famous (Little Sister, Go with the Flow, Make it With Chu), some unknown (You thinkSo far so good, QotSA have delivered a lot of titles, some famous (Little Sister, Go with the Flow, Make it With Chu), some unknown (You think i ain't worth a dollar[...]) but all of them were good. But this album, man this album is almost perfect The overture with "Keep your eyes peeled" is not well chosen, but the rest of the album is just a pure pleasure to your ears. With some dancing titles like "Smooth Sailing" or "Salt by the Ocean", some angry one like "My god is the sun" or "If I Had a tail" and beautiful ballads like "The Vampire of time and memories" this album is, so far, one of the best 2013's album !
    The only regret i have is that this album could have been more "constructed" if only the order of some titles could have been change while the transitions are perfect once the 4th title reach.
    A must have for everyone who love good music and a masterpiece for QotSA's Fans
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  6. Nov 22, 2013
    9
    Very nearly a 10, I'd been waiting 6 years for this album and couldn't have asked for better. It's not on the same level as Songs for theVery nearly a 10, I'd been waiting 6 years for this album and couldn't have asked for better. It's not on the same level as Songs for the Deaf, Rated R or their Self-titled (then again, what is) however it lived up to the hype that I built up over the years I waited. If I Had a Tail is a personal favourite, but every song on the album is great. Expand
  7. Dec 1, 2013
    3
    This album is so desperate for an identity by featuring a multitude of guest musicians, but it leaves a very disjointed, schizophrenic feelingThis album is so desperate for an identity by featuring a multitude of guest musicians, but it leaves a very disjointed, schizophrenic feeling that just never accomplishes anything worthwhile. Outside of "My God Is The Sun" (thanks for the first single, giving me the impression the whole album would sound that way), nothing on this brick is listenable.

    So you were hospitalized. The album is as boring as the inspiration for the tracks. The upsetting part is that if there weren't complications with his surgery, we would have had a second Them Crooked Vultures album. I feel robbed.

    Josh Homme can't steer the ship by himself. He's great guitarist but an average singer, and benefits much from his celebrity friends to flesh out songs. However, too many cooks ruined the stew here.

    One good song. Skip this terrible album.
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