Queens of the Stone Age – Queens of the Stone Age

January 01, 1970

(Rekords
Records/Domino)

 

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When Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut first
appeared in 1998, it seemed like a natural progression from bandleader Josh
Homme’s previous outfit Kyuss. QotSA boasted the same lava-thick riffs, relaxed
but propulsive rhythms and flowing melodies, with Homme’s honeysilk singing
replacing the raspy howl of John Garcia. The band’s second record Rated R seemed to be a departure, with
more blatant hooks and pithier songwriting.

 

With the
benefit of hindsight, QotSA doesn’t
sound so different from that later work after all. While the songs certainly
display the psychedelic spirit of Homme’s former crew, cleaner production (or
perhaps a recent remix) and more overtly memorable guitar and vocal hooks make
“Regular John,” “If Only” and “Mexicola” sound as much like radio hits as
anything in the Queens’ catalog. Indeed, Homme arguably hasn’t hit this level
of songwriting consistency since. This edition seamlessly integrates “The
Bronze,” “These Aren’t The Droids You’re Looking For” and “Spiders and
Vinegaroons,” tracks from the band’s impossibly rare early EPs, into the
program instead of tacking them on at the end.

 

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