Lullabies to Paralyze
is the first Queens of the Stone Age
album released since the rather messy departure of co-conspirator Nick Oliveri, but this by no means sounds like a Josh Homme solo project. Granted, opening track "Lullaby" is a mellow ballad, but as it's sung by Mark Lanegan, it can hardly count as Homme's flirtation with self-indulgence. And besides, once "Medication" kicks in with the tell-tale chugga-chugga guitars that have marked every previous QOTSA release, it'd be impossible to mistake this album for anyone else. The loss of Oliveri is almost compensated for by the appearance of some top-flight guests: from Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top (on the appropriately bluesy "Burn the Witch" and on the penultimate track) to Garbage's Shirley Manson and The Distillers' Brody Dalle. Best of all, though, is the accelerating riff of "Someone's in the Wolf", which is one of the most air-guitar-worthy songs of recent years. On the whole, Lullabies to Paralyze
is never as good as Rated R
or Songs for the Deaf
, but few modern rock albums are. If the Queens of the Stone Age have one fault, it's that they've set their own standards too high. --Robert Burrow
Josh Homme resurrects his Queens of the Stone Age project to powerful effect, following the departure of childhood friend and bassist Nick Oliveri. Lullabies to Paralyze
, proves that Homme can continually mastermind freshly engaging and haunting rock-outs. The album includes the rock monster that is lead single, "Little Sister". The new record, the follow-up to 2002's "Songs for the Deaf", features guest appearances from Garbage's Shirley Manson, The Distillers' Brody Dalle, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ween's Dean Ween.