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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues on the Inside, 8 Oct 2006
This review is from: Extra Width/Mo' Width (Audio CD)
The Explosion play from the inside with soul. The Structure centers around minimilistic riffs, stuck together in ways that keep you guessing. It's got a live vibe with well thought out production layers. Sythns, distortion, echoes, delays.....it's all there keeping your ears alive over the central backdrop that is the blues explosion. This album gives you the impression that their jams are out there - literally exploding with energy. The title is referencing the genres that they demonstrate their knowledge of. The use of the fender rhodes sounding organ reminds you of the jams on the second side of 'Check Your Head' by the 'Beastie Boys'. The crazy screeching saxophone and it's mirrored guitar solo's throw you back to 'Fun House' by The Stooges; exploring a fuzzed up raw power of their own. Similarites to 'The Pixies' and 'Mudhoney' are also worth mentioning. Above all, this is a three piece with most of the tracks actually leaving the bass out and still managing to sound heavy as hell. This is a noise trip not for the faint hearted, but one that will make you angry and enthused inside - the way rock 'n' roll should always be.


Queens of the Stone Age
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ........And Queens are created, 19 Mar 2004
This review is from: Queens of the Stone Age (Audio CD)
When "Kyuss" broke up Josh Homme didn't pick up his guitar for a year. After being asked to tour by Mark Lannagan with his band the "Screaming Trees", Homme had a renenwed passion for music. He met up with ex-Kyuss member Nick Oliveri to form "Queens of the Stone Age". The band was created with a revolving door policy, drawing many ideas from Homme's "Desert Sessions" collaberations (which i advise you listen to). Queens first album took the heavy metal/stonor nature of Kyuss and tempered it with more harmonious melodies. Homme had always been able to write descent melodies (listen to "Demon Cleaner", "Thumb" for proof), but now assuming vocal duties and free from the restraints of his former band (which is part of the reason "Kyuss" broke up), Homme was able to execute his own vision and music more directly. "Regular John" is a perfect example of this, with a heavy metal riff being played underneath a softly melodic vocal. This album has a unique mix of both. "Avon", "Mexicola" show this. Songs like "Walkin' on the sidewalks" (which is what you have to do to this song) emphasise the heavy riffage whilst "If Only" shows the more melodic side. This is a great album, a heavy classic all the way through-Buy it!


Dust
Dust
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Grunge" album, 18 Mar 2004
This review is from: Dust (Audio CD)
I bought this record after i heard Mark Lannagan on "Songs for the deaf". His lyrics struck me on "Song for the dead", "Life's the art of dying, better do it right." I had high expectations of the Screaming Trees considering the high standard of work on "Songs for the deaf", and i wasn't dissapointed. This explores differant sounds with many instruments, and to some may be "over-produced", but the truth is the organ's, sitars and tabla's (to name just a few instruments that are used) all add to the album without making it seem crowded or pretentious. The quality of the recordings is of the highest standard, and the production is something that many should learn from. The quality of the song writing does this justice. "All I Know", is a strinkingly heavy riff tempered with uplifting melody. This coupled with the lyrics of despair and hopelessness do make it a throughly interesting experience. This is a re-curring theme throughout "Dust". "Dying Days", "Make My Mind" and "Sworn and Broken" all echo a similar mood, emotion and feeling. Whilst these songs have the wide variety of instruments that are included in this album, no other songs on this album as "Halo of Ashes" and "Gospel Plow" bring this to the forefront.These songs are spiritually uplifting and definately some of the best on the album. To be honest, "Halo of Ashes" was one of my least favourite on the album at first, but after listening to it a couple of times, i started to understand the mastery that is expressed in this album. Since buying this album, i have seen Mark Lannagan live at the Manchester Academy, and have been influenced in a huge way by his and the "Screaming Trees" music. This album is the best of all their work, and still remains my favourite. If you like heavy rock of all kinds, you WILL appreciate this music. It is some of the most spiritually uplifting and damming music i hav ever heard. I strongly reccommend that you buy this album. There should be copies floating around in a second hand music store near you.


Tales From The Punchbowl
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that will make your head spin, 15 Mar 2004
When i first heard Primus, i had difficulty in understanding it, and grasping the concept of this drug induced techincally textured album. The more you persevere with Primus, the more you'll be absorbed into their crazy world. This is a good starting point for anyone getting into Primus, although you've gotta to start from somewhere. This album is a strike out at the mainstream, as the title may suggest. Les Claypool truly is one of the best bassists i've ever heard, besides Victor Wooden. Wynona's big brown beaver, Year of the parrot, Southbound pachyderm and Over the electric grapevine are the best tracks on the album. If you play an instrument you'll LOVE this.


Muchas Gracias: The Best of Kyuss
Muchas Gracias: The Best of Kyuss
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best Of?........maybe not, 13 Mar 2004
This is the first Kyuss album i bought, and to be honest was probably the worst. It gives you a cross section of Kyuss that hardly encompasses their four albums, but it does offer you tracks that aren't included on these: Mudfly and Shine. This record also has four live recordings which give you a real taste of their live set; with screams of "Hell Yeah" from psyched-up members of the crowd filling the intervals between songs. For any Kyuss fan, this is a must have because of these features, but for anyone who is just getting into Kyuss, i would recommend "Sky Valley". Kyuss truly rock, but this record doesn't really go along way in capturing it.


Blues For The Red Sun
Blues For The Red Sun
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A taste of things to come, 4 Mar 2004
This review is from: Blues For The Red Sun (Audio CD)
Blues for the Red Sun follows Wretch and shows huge progress. This album is the first in a long line of Kyuss albums to be produced by Chris Goss, and truly shows his talent. Kyuss find a sound that is closley linked to desert rock, sludge rock and goes a long way into establsishing Kyuss as one of the most influencial stonor rock band to have ever existed. Josh Homme, who i cannot praise enough writes some achingly heart warming riffs like the lead on Thumb, but combines it with a really dirty sludgy riff. This is one of the main appeals to Kyuss, and something that they failed to achieve with Wretch, that can be seen more as a garage rock album. Kyuss'musicianship is shown with instrumentals like Molten universe and Apothecarie's weight, and your never far from a really heavy riff like Freedom Run. Garcia's vocals will know you over and catch you at the same time and all of this is magnified when you indulge in Kyuss' own excess. This is a taste of things to come with their Sky Valley masterpiece follwing this Sun-Kissed album.


Welcome To Sky Valley
Welcome To Sky Valley
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kyuss' masterpiece, 4 Mar 2004
This review is from: Welcome To Sky Valley (Audio CD)
Sky Valley can be seen as Kyuss' best album. For anyone just getting into Kyuss and considering buying an album, start here. Kyuss can play heavy sludge rock that seers through your temprement like Gardenia, but can create a calming almost mystical feeling with songs like Space Cadet. Produced by Chris Goss, whose ability to manipulate Kyuss' mixed temprement conjurs up imagery of the desert, drugs and sun-kissed grooves upon the listener. The raw talent of Homme's songwriting is apparent in tracks like Demon Cleaner, and prove that Kyuss are more than just a heavy tempered rock band.


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