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Them Crooked Vultures

16 Nov. 2009 | Format: MP3

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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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(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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Having read a lot of reviews of this one when it came out, I'd more or less decided I wouldn't like it. Then it was given to me as a gift - good move, as it's much better than a lot of the reviews (and some of the band members' own interview comments) give it credit for. The first couple of minutes are a little disappointing - most CD's lead off with a strong track, but No One Loves Me & Neither Do I sounds like a jam session recorded in an empty (and echoey) rehearsal room. Then, near the 3-minute mark, the track explodes with a monster riff - and you realise why it's the lead track.

Tracks like Mind Eraser, No Chaser are well-constructed rock tunes, and those like Elephant are riff-driven monsters that wouldn't be out of place on Physical Graffiti or Songs for the Deaf. It's worth putting the whole disc on, as it ends with two tracks that combine the riffage with the songwriting. Gunman and Spinning in Daffodils round the album off with a mixture of power, drama and humour.

Them Crooked Vultures have made a great album, that builds on the strengths of each member - Grohl in particular spends the whole album doing what he does best - playing rock drums better than just about anybody else, ever. Homme handles all the lead vocals, and John Paul Jones does what he did in Led Zep - unobtrusive but rock-solid bass and characteristic production flourishes.
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I first met these three guys in a live concert at Roskilde Festival and that was quite cool. The music was powerful and interesting in many ways, so i ended up buying this album. It didn't really catch me the first times of listening but when heard some times it really deserves five Stars for being so awesome music!
Every time i listen to this music it totally keeps my body from relaxing. I just can't sit still.
Don't expect that it sounds like Led Zeppelin cause it's very different. But it's filled with interesting riffs, rythms and chord progressions.

Get this album and don't judge it by your first few listenings!
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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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