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Them Crooked Vultures

16 Nov 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 13 Nov 2009
  • Release Date: 13 Nov 2009
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 1:06:11
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  • ASIN: B002UWD4UO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,073 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Hynes on 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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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Hutchison on 10 Nov 2009
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 By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb 2010
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 By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
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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