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Era Vulgaris

Queens Of The Stone Age Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (11 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000QGE766
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Turnin On The Screw
2. Sick, Sick, Sick
3. I'm Designer
4. Into The Hollow
5. Misfit Love
6. Battery Acid
7. Make It Wit Chu
8. 3's & 7's
9. Suture Up Your Future
10. River In The Road
11. Run, Pig, Run
12. Running Joke
13. Era Vulgaris

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Latin for "common era," Era Vulgaris holds a pair of common threads with the four Queens of the Stone Age records that preceded it. One, it crosses colossal guitar chords with the most volatile of hard rock melodies. And second, it's as loud as loud gets, thanks to Josh Homme, the impatient instigator behind the ever-evolving cast of personalities that make up the band. Detonation comes with track one, as the jagged riffs of "Turning on the Screw" lead the listener into "Sick, Sick, Sick," where Julian Casablancas spews his vocals beneath a wall of multi-guitar catcalls. Although the head Stroke will likely garner the most attention, perpetual Queener Mark Lanegan's velvety pipes earmark two of Era's most booming selections: the funky "Make It Wit Chu" (complete with Temptations-like backing vocals) and the heart-racing three minutes of "River in the Road." Add the garage rock of Homme's "3's & 7's" and "Suture up Your Future," easy pickings for most likely crossover hit, and Era Vulgaris-- hypnotically and explosively common--holds its own with any in the QoTSA discography. --Scott Holter

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CD Interscope Records, 17365261, 2007 13 Track

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By D. Hall
Format:Audio CD
It's a bit of a funny one, this... Almost a statement of intent rather than just another album:

As has already been stated numerous times, this is certainly one album that takes a bit of getting used to. If you're just discovering QOTSA this probably isn't a great starting point and even if you're already a bit of a fan it probably won't grab you straight away.

For one thing, you'll have to get your head around the way it's been mixed - On first listen certain high frequencies you'd expect to hear in a music recording simply aren't there, meaning that the album sits in a slightly uncomfortable, not-quite-low-fi sounding grey area... And if you're anything like me (ie. already concerned that you listen to far too much loud music) it might cause you to panic temporarily in the belief that you've gone fifty per cent deaf overnight. Repeated listens however, will reveal that the album is actually quite cleverly mixed and although it may not sound particularly conventional, somehow it helps the album to feel that little bit more twisted and awkward and a bit, well, seedy really.

Once you've gotten used to the mix you then have to contend with the hugely raw, angular nature of the songs. Genuine use of melody is pretty sparse but therein lies the secret of this album - The more you listen to it, the more little hooks and catchy lyrics start to leap out at you seemingly from nowhere, and that's when the cleverness of it all dawns on you. It's almost as if the songs in their entirety aren't really the focal point of the album at all but are merely Generation Game style conveyor belts laiden with lots of cool stuff and the occaisional grand prize; a means of keeping everything moving along until you see something you really like.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Am i listening to the same album???? 4 July 2007
By Gigs
Format:Audio CD
Seriously, i cant believe anyone would give this album such a low score. I can only assume these people heard "No-one Knows", and thought all QOTSA was from the same mould. This is, in my opinion, the best and most consistent QOTSA album. Every tune has the weird, grungey, dirty feel which i so love about there music. It is almost unclassifiable, and all the better for it. This is'nt Bon Jovi, this is a challenging ride which is a very rewarding experience. Listen to it a few times and the subtle groove which cuts through the entire album comes to the fore. Stand out tracks are "Sick, sick, sick" and "Make it Witchu", but every track is a gem. Buy it and make your own mind up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 30 Dec 2009
By kiwi
Format:Audio CD
Ok,so to start with, I'm not gonna mention THAT album (apart from just then). Seriously though, 5 years in the world of music is a long time. The only real constant since then has been Homme himself, who seems to grow with confidence and audacity as a composer with each release.

Take the opener, turn on the screw. The trademark gush of guitars is there, but timed to perfection with joshes' groaning(in a good way) and the static drumming. Which means that I don't mind when it breaks down into the same guitar solo and the same abrupt finish that seems more at homme on livelier tracks. what follows is nothing short of a monster of a track, (which I won't describe since thousands of reviewers will have focused on it previously) but even that finds its' match here. A choice track could be the eerily good 'into the hollow' or singles 'make it wit chu' and '3's and 7's'. Despite the air of disappointment surrounding the album, I find myself glaring at the fools expecting sftd 2. If that album was a trip cross the desert, and lullabies a haunting grimm fairy tale, then this album is nothing of the sort. qotsa seem to have captured the essence of life in a 50's power station (not like I'd know), and that suits me just fine.

Don't believe the doubters. Find it. Buy it. Love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best QOTSA album yet 9 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
I never used to be more than a casual fan of this band, but this album has changed all that. The rhythms are complex and pounding, lyrics intelligent and razor sharp, and when they slow down for tracks such as "Make it Wit Chu" they display their diversity and cool.

Buy this if you are sick, sick, sick of the bland music-by numbers that fills the charts. This is QOTSA's most consistently brilliant album yet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars only a bit sick sick sick 20 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Its growing on me, definitely a return to their earlier stuff, and there are some great rocking bits there, but I'm not viewing this as an old friend just yet. Hopefully my mind will be changed when I see some of this stuff live. Josh though is still some talent to be reckoned with.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not brilliant 23 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
People keep saying that this one will grow on you after a few listens but its still not doing anything for me. Im sure everyone has their own reasons for loving this band and hears different things that appeal to them. For me this is completely lacking in the depth, atmosphere and drama of their previous releases. All their albums are different and tend to have a distinctive vibe that runs all the way through - with Era I can certainly hear what Homme et al were trying with this when he said about it having a kind of trashy LA Hollywood feel. They seem to have captured the vibe but its let down by an almost complete lack of memorable tunes / hooks this time around. The jams are all pretty repetetive and indistinctive. I generally feel its a lower standard of songwriting. Queens have always had melodies / riffs that bend my ear in unexpected ways and for me, they're just not present on Era. I also felt that the kind of robotic, electronic-y production didn't sit well with a lot of the tunes. Whilst that was clearly a deliberate artistic choice by the band, i really wasn't feeling it - didn't sound like a rock band playing as a band to me. Just generally a bit disappointed really. Never mind, im sure they can write another brilliant album in time! Anyway, by the look of the other mainly positive reviews here plenty of people are getting their kicks out of it, so its cool.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this album, its a trip,:)
Published 13 days ago by Jonathan M.
5.0 out of 5 stars era vulgaris
a great album. my favourite track is -into the hollow .probably my favourite album of theirs. cd in good condition .quickly dispatched
Published 1 month ago by lyn corner
1.0 out of 5 stars worst QOTSA album
I'm a huge fan of Josh Homme since Kyuss, but this was a disappointment. No standout tracks, worst release they've made.
Published 2 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Love this album!!!!
If you like QOTSA and bought Like Clockwork you will love this album too!
Lets hope this trend continues...
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Andrew James
5.0 out of 5 stars The Era of QOTSA . . .
I've read so many negative reviews of this album, and i'm ashamed to say that it delayed me buying it for some time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by leolos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, fantastic price, rock on!!
Picked this up for a song, might not have the every track is a killer appeal of. Deaf, or lullabies but still homes lots of absolute beasts. Read more
Published 4 months ago by rpoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
I have brought this as I love the band and when I first listened to the album I was'nt sure, but know after to listening to it the tunes have grown on me.
Published 5 months ago by S. FLOWERS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band and great album!
I was surprised at how fast the order was fulfilled and would highly recommend the seller. My son loves this present and I love the fac that it was very reasonable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Susan Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars well presented.
I was hopeful it was going to be something special as it was very pricey compared to say the CD version now. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. DAVIES
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy listen but a grower
I bought this at the same time Like Clockwork came out and I find im listening to both equally.
Thing is all Queens albums are different but theres always a hook a line or a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. M. Young
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