Them Crooked Vultures [+digital booklet]
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Them Crooked Vultures [+digital booklet]

16 Nov 2009

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  Song Title
No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
Mind Eraser, No Chaser
New Fang
Dead End Friends
Scumbag Blues
Interlude With Ludes
Warsaw Or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up
Spinning In Daffodils
No One Loves Me & Neither Do I (Live Version)
Digital Booklet: Digital Booklet

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 16 Nov 2009
  • Release Date: 16 Nov 2009
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 1:11:56
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  • ASIN: B006JE9RVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,296 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Play it several times before judging.... 11 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If I'd written this review after the first spin I probably would have given the album 2 stars. However, I've persevered and I'm glad I did. This is a great album but takes a long time to get into. I seem to recall this being the case with most QOTSA stuff (especially the last one 'Era Vulgaris'). There's some great riffs and some unconvential chord changes which pay off with repeated listens, just don't expect to enjoy it that much the first time around.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
(4.5 stars) Them Crooked Vultures, comprised (as you already know) of JPJ, Dave Grohl and Josh Homme, have made arugably the best rock album of the decade. The music twists and turns between the direct, hard hitting songs reminiscent of Qotsa's prime and the sprawling psychedelia of some of Led Zeppelin's more overlooked songs.

The first thing that you notice is Dave Grohl's drumming, which is phenomenal as expected - he is undoubtedly at his best when behind the kit (it's easy to forget he was Nirvana's drummer) as opposed to fronting a band. Picking out highlights is very difficult. Opener 'No One Loves Me...' builds and builds until erupting into a crunching riff, one of Homme's best, and finishing at breackneck speed. Single 'New Fang' sounds unremarkable on first listen, but it (like the album as a whole) rewards numerable listens; it's jagged structure compliments Homme's motormouth vocals(sick, sick, sick springs to mind) perfectly. As a sidenote, Homme's vocals on the album are a triumph; he is able to thrillingly switch between piercing falsetto ('Scumbag Blues') and sleazy drawl ('Gunman'). Anyone who was slightly disappointed by Qotsa's last effort, Era Vulgaris, such as myself will revel in Homme's musicianship on this album as he is back to doing what he did best for Kyuss and does for Qotsa - produce riffs and hooks that alternate between the melodically heavy and the technically difficult. JPJ's bass lines are rumble along with the rhythm ('Reptiles', 'Caligulove') or pull the song along with electrifying results and he can also be found on the keys on several songs which adds a layer of interesting depth. The album itself is long by modern standards; five songs go over 5 minutes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vultures on a larger platter 18 Feb 2010
By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This review is for the vinyl issue of this album and is not going to dwell on the contents, they are adequately covered in the cd review.

Why buy vinyl? Well there have been plenty of reports of albums being remastered for cd and the amounts of compression being applied to them being excessive, therby ruining the sound quality. This does not happen in vinyl. Vinyl has been around for a long time and the dark arts of mastering a record have been well sorted out. CDs, whilst having existed for thirty years, do not appear to have reached the sonic perfection that we were promised in a lot of cases, Whitesnakes 'Live in the Shadow of the Blues' being my personal worst case. Some like the Beatles remasters and the King Crimson remasters are stunning.

I first heard this album on a cd burned from an iTunes download and thought it was worth buying on CD, so I did and it was noticeably better. I think the band are good and apart from a couple of issues with lyrical content am pleased with it.

So much so, that I decided to get on vinyl for my nephew, who is a vinyl fan at 21. He was well pleased and offered to let me hear it on his system, coz I had flogged my vinyl gear years ago. It was cut on 2 discs, loads of good strong virgin vinyl, and was in a double/gatefold sleeve. It sounded magnificent, better than the CD version, everything sounded more organic and less processed(even if this is just an illusion, it is a dang good one).

The only quibble I have with it is the artwork. It looks fine on CD, where it was designed for, but lacked detail or interesting stuff that rewards repeated viewing.

Anyway, if you have the choice and the cash get the vinyl version, you will not be disappointed.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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Some of the blackest and most wretched moments in rock history can be located in the formation of super groups in the 70s and 80s. Anyone remember Beck, Bogart and Appice, The Firm or Asia? If the answer is "no" you should breath deeply and in from a sense of gratitude offer to do some pro bono work for a local charity. The theory was simple. Put together what were very accomplished and adept muso's and hey presto they will record a brilliant album. Not likely is the response, indeed as the NME as rather colourfully put it "Having a bunch of minted fret w**kers get together and knock off some tunes between hairdresser and spa appointments is never, ever going to trump a band of hungry 22-year-olds who've grown up together and spent years honing their art while surviving on dog-ends and cold pizza". Velvet Revolver was the most recent abomination to emerge from this genre and thus it begs the question whether the portents are good for Them Crooked Vultures?

The answer of course is yes. Josh Homme of QOTSA, Dave Grohl of Nirvana, Foo Fighters and QOTSA and the "quiet one" John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin are by any standards on top of their game. But more than this Grohl and Homme have regularly played together especially on the Queens brilliant album "Songs for the Deaf". After being the powerhouse behind Sir Percy Plant and Jimmy Page, I suspect that John Paul Jones could twang an elastic band and make it sound great. Thus these are musicians coming together for the joy of it rather to trying to use the collective muscle of their respective names to generate interest. They don't need to do that, what they do need to do is produce an album that does them justice.

On balance Them Crooked Vultures performs this feat well. The template is hard rock blues so no surprises here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars As a Gift.
My son requested this and I gave it as a gift - he was very happy! I didn't mind it either!
Published 6 months ago by D. R. Percival
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
Not quite up there with the best of the component parts but a decent enough effort. Always sounds better the louder you play it! Personally, I prefer QOTSA every day
Published 7 months ago by Mr. R. Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!!!!
This album is simply amazing!!
The insane combination of Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and legendary Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has created an awesome unique sound. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. M. L. Shorten
3.0 out of 5 stars TCV review
Bought it because I'm a big fan of Dave Grohl and his work. If you love Foo Fighters, don't expect too much. If you love QOTSA, then its right up your street. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jordan Chappell
3.0 out of 5 stars Give it the bird
A quite listenable album with some very good tracks but I expected so much more from this talented line up.
Published 9 months ago by Nigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Them Crooked Reviews
I came to write this after reviewing ...Like Clockwork by Queens Of The Stone Age. I was surprised to hear this album getting negative comments over there so I headed this way to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
I am a huge foo's fan so wanted to purchase more music by the bad members. I love this album but it's nothing compared to the Foos. Still a good listen and a different sound. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mcclafferty89
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Band
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana)
Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)

Any questions????????
Published 14 months ago by Sebastian Thele
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal
Can hear J P Jones Led Zeppelin bass tracks. A bit too heavy metal for me. Some clever bass licks.
Published 14 months ago by E. Carruthers
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This album needs a few plays to really get into the music by some of the most talented artists in the world. Do this and realise this is one of the greatest albums ever recorded.
Published 17 months ago by Rockin Robeson
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