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Them Crooked Vultures

16 Nov. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 13 Nov. 2009
  • Release Date: 16 Nov. 2009
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 1:06:11
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  • ASIN: B002UWD4UO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,372 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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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 Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2009
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I have changed my mind. Yes I am not too proud to admit that I was wrong. Now just to show I have not caved into pressure I repeat my initial impression here.

I'm afraid I can't join in with the adulation. This is obviously Josh Homme's project with superstar back up and it comes over as no more than one of the latter Queens of the Stone Age albums; IE you have repetitive, sludgy, boring tracks with bland lyrics and no hint of excitement or novelty to be found. Homme must be one the most over-rated musicians of the age and as a singer he is no better than average. OK, JPJ and Grohl do OK as you would expect, but come on folks, this is a vanity project that bores, bores, bores. At least they've let you listen for free on the website so you don't have to buy this thing - that gets them an extra star by the way.

Now that was what I though after one listen. But I gave it a chance, listened to it a couple of more times and downloaded it (very reasonable price) and while I stand by my assertion that it is not as "great" as others think it IS a grower, it has an insidious charm that gets under your skin, and as someone else says it is a bit like late 70's Bowie albums in that it burrows its way into your brain. My one remaining quibble is that there aren't many "tunes" that you instantly pick up on. This is just a personal whim of mine at the moment, so while I currently prefer the new Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Europe albums for their instant charm, I cannot deny that this "vanity project" ain't half bad.

By the way I'd like to thank Kalamari for pointing out the error of my ways. I owe it all to you! It's such a shame that I've had to delete your well reasoned and perceptive comment on my previous review...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marchespie on 10 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
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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