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An alt/classic rock supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures feature Queens of the Stone Age's guitarist and vocalist Josh Homme, Nirvana/Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl on drums, and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones on bass. The trio first discussed collaborating in 2005, but not much more was heard of the project until summer 2009, when Them Crooked Vultures ... Read more in Amazon's Them Crooked Vultures Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B002STNKY4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the debut album of Them Crooked Vultures, a hard rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The band comprises drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), vocalist and guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss) and bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

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Supergroups are traditionally awful – from Blind Faith onwards, bands composed of people from other acts generally feature the worst of each ensemble, possibly as the members keep all the good songs for themselves. There are notable exceptions to the rule, of course – the Traveling Wilburys, for one, or Electronic – and now comes a brand new exception in the form of Them Crooked Vultures.

The band is Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal, Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters and Nirvana, and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, and their debut album is very good indeed.  Released, rather oddly, at virtually the same time as Foo Fighters’ new greatest hits collection, this album sounds by and large like QOTSA, as Homme sings and plays guitar, but with – unsurprisingly really – Zeppelin-esque touches. From Scumbag Blues, which could have fitted loudly on the second Zep’ album, to the superb single No-One Loves Me And Neither Do I, which is a distant cousin to Trampled Underfoot, this is a proper rock album that’s very aware of its roots.

Homme’s wit lifts proceedings – it’s hard to imagine Robert Plant coming up with song titles like Caligulove or Interlude With Ludes – and he is well served by his rhythm section, as Grohl treats the drums like bad children in a fairy tale and Jones provides solid musical support.  Every song here has a very decent riff, particularly Mind Eraser, No Chaser and the epic Elephants – the latter is almost all riff.

If there is criticism to be had, it’s that there’s nothing here you wouldn’t find on one of Homme’s proper band projects, and Grohl’s cheerful pop-metal talents seem to be somewhat underused. But these things (along with Jones’ rock legend heritage) will doubtless be exploited when the band go on tour. In the meantime, this is a funny, powerful, edgy debut album from a trio of people who might be expected to have turned out something a bit more relaxed and ordinary. --David Quantick

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Hynes on 11 Jan. 2010
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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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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Hutchison on 10 Nov. 2009
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(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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red Mosquito on 4 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I waited a while to review this album to avoid being trampled by the hysteria. I've read all the reviews. Some helpful, some not. Some amount to nothing more than an uninformative rant. Chances are if you are a fan of Kyuss, QotSA and Led Zeppelin you're going to like TCV but why 5 stars? Seems to me that we (reviewers)can be motivated by a range of complex considerations when we are invited to rate a collection of songs. Being limited to a range of 1 to 5 is a bit of a cop out really. This album contains many of the elements that I hear on my favourite Kyuss album, my favourite QotSA album and my favourite Zep album but all these musicians have previously been involved in making better albums than this imo and It's not possible to compare it to previous TCV albums, making it a difficult one to rate. It's not the best album ever made nevertheless it is a very special hybrid of musical excellence that can only be provided by musicians with the experience and track record of Them !! Very special indeed.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2009
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Robinson on 19 Dec. 2009
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I dont know what this other guys so bummed about for starters.

If Josh Homme wanted to make another "same old" QOTSA album then he would have stuck with it.
If Dave Grohl wanted to make another Foo Fighters sounding album, he would be doing that.

NO, Them Crooked Vultures are supposed to be something a bit different to what you would expect from these individuals.
The album has some good guitar riffs, quirky sounds and catchy numbers which are great for fellow guitar players.
Mind Eraser is probably one of the best on the album, on a whole, its a good "first" album from a band that has been thrown together and are looking for a new/fun sound, if it wasn't "fun" I highly doubt they would be doing this kinda album considering they're not exactly strapped for cash.

Enough waffling, I would give it a 7 or 8 out of 10 based on quality and structure of this album not the fact that "its not QOTSA, its not FOO, its not etcetc. To me, it's an interesting step forward not to be frowned upon :)
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