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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I HEART THIS DISK
The Desert Sessions albums, recorded at Rancho de la Luna, are collaborations led by Josh Homme (QOTSA). This CD includes Volume 9 – “I see you hearin me” and Volume 10 – “I heart disco” For this instalment PJ Harvey has come along for the ride with stunning results. Her vocals are perfectly complimented by Homme’s all the way...
Published on 17 Nov 2003 by neomaltloaf_kevster

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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality CD
The CD is poor quality and can only be read in my Car CD player and none of my other devices.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I HEART THIS DISK, 17 Nov 2003
The Desert Sessions albums, recorded at Rancho de la Luna, are collaborations led by Josh Homme (QOTSA). This CD includes Volume 9 – “I see you hearin me” and Volume 10 – “I heart disco” For this instalment PJ Harvey has come along for the ride with stunning results. Her vocals are perfectly complimented by Homme’s all the way through the album. An outstanding example of this is on the brilliant “Crawl home” where PJ also cuts a cracking bass-line. Other high points on the album include “Wanna make it wit you” an upbeat pop-ish number sung by Homme with the irreplaceable PJ backing him up. “A girl like me” is arguably Harvey’s best song, her husky vocals are interwoven with a superbly atmospheric layer of sound, to create a catchy toe-tapping track.
“There will never be a better time” is truly haunting; hard to believe it was only performed once. Mr Homme aka “J-Ho” gets a well deserved break, with. Harvey wailing to a Spanish style rhythm, manically strum by Chris Goss (Masters of Reality).
In short this album contains something for everyone, from the insanely funky “Subcutaneous Phat” to the utterly bizarre “Sheperds Pie” (No points for guessing what this ones about!) This album is well worth a look, a marvellous creation that took a meagre 8 days to produce. Now go out and give this CD a Homme.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Near-Perfect Album, 4 Oct 2003
Josh Homme is best known as the genius behind Queens Of The Stone Age, one of the greatest rock bands of recent times. But the singer, songwriter and expert guitarist also works on numerous low-key side projects, including the Desert Sessions - a collaborative effort where he recruits some of his musican friends to spend a week writing and recording a full album’s worth of material in one week at the Rancho De La Luna studio in Joshua Tree, California. Volume 9 & 10 is the latest installment of the Desert Sessions series, and the guest list is more interesting than ever: QOTSA bandmates Joey Castillo and Troy Van Leeuwen, past QOTSA contributors Dave Catching and Alain Johannes, Masters Of Reality frontman and Rated R producer Chris Goss, ex-Marilyn Manson/A Perfect Circle guitarist Twiggy Ramirez, Ween maestro Dean Ween and English rock goddess PJ Harvey. And the results are not disappointing. In fact, Desert Sessions 9 & 10 is a must for all QOTSA fans.
The opener Dead In Love is one of the standout tracks, as good a song as any Homme has set his name to. Carried by his own powerful, soulful lead vocals, it’s a heady, dizzying guitar-and-saxophone meltdown that manages to be menacing, sinister and sexy in the way that only QOTSA can. I Wanna Make It Wit Chu is an irresistably tongue-in-cheek, booty-shakin’ funk number whose chorus will be firmly lodged in your brain after one listen. Bring It Back Gentle is a relentless narcotic drone reminiscent of The Sky Is Fallin from QOTSA’s brilliant last album Songs For The Deaf.
One of Desert Sessions 9 & 10’s strongest features is the presence of the great PJ Harvey, who sings on four tracks and also plays piano, bass, saxophone, melodica and tambourine. This is the first new material Polly Jean has worked on since her masterpiece Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea three years ago, and I hope it’s an indication of where she’s heading on her next album. Her vocals are in stunning form. There Will Never Be A Better Time is a unique free-form epic in which she wails passionately over a flamenco guitar mantra that loops over and over in hypnotic circles. Powdered Wig Machine sees Harvey moaning and panting breathily like a stray cat over a warped, twisted lo-fi electronic backdrop unlike anything you’ve ever heard from QOTSA before. And then there’s the excellent first single: Crawl Home is a blistering duet between Homme and Harvey. Dark, angry and powerful, it weaves a web of gothic guitar atmospherics, densely distorted basslines and pounding industrial beats alongside a naggingly catchy chorus of “It took you such a long time to figure it out”. With its striking Hal Hartley-directed video clip (the pair in a car having a lovers’ row that turns physical), Crawl Home deserves to become a big hit.
Don’t let this sparkling little gem of an album be overlooked in favour of the usual crap that clogs up the charts, radio and MTV these days. Take a risk.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Music, 4 Oct 2003
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Can this man do no wrong? Two legendary bands, numerous fantastic side projects & it just gets better & better. With an inspired move to bring in the amazing PJ Harvey as well as roping in the usual suspects (Chris Goss, Alain Johannes etc) Mr Homme has done it again. 'There will never be a better time' is PJ to the max, a coruscating vocal teamed with a flamenco-ish giutar for maximum effect, 'In My Head...Or Something' sounds like QOTSA covering a happy Joy Division and 'I Wanna Make It Wit Chu' is the coolest lounge song I've ever heard.
In short, its everything you would expect from the Desert Sessions & more - wildly eclectic (the brilliantly titled 'Subcutaneous Phat' is a dance record sounding not too disimilar to The Chemical Brothers), throwaway tracks like 'Shepherds Pie' (a song about shepherds pie) but mainly containg such moments of raw beauty that you just wish every record could be recorded like this one.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius,from the middle of nowhere, 20 Oct 2003
This was the first Desert Sessions that I had bought but my interest in Josh Homme's previously mighty project[KYUSS]and his current mightier project[QOTSA]led me to believe that this unique album was an essential purchase.The songs certainly didn't disappoint.The opener,'Dead in Love' manages to be both chilling and insanely cathcy,with Josh[who refers to himself as J-HO on the inside cover]supplying typically drugged out harmonies over a mesh of twisted guitars.The song concludes with an atmospheric piano piece from the infinitely talented PJ Harvey,who is a welcome and prolific contributor to the album.Any notion that the album will be dark and moody throughout is quickly dispelled with the sublime second track, 'I Wanna Make It Wit Chu'.This is a blissful pop song which if released by a boy band would probably stay at no.1 for the rest of time;but which will no doubt only be listened to by the lucky few.Anyway it has J-Ho softly murmuring the lyrics with a roomful of backing vocals,with a beautiful result.PJ Harvey dominates the later track "There's never Been A Better Time"which basically has old Polly wailing over a hypnotic guitar rhythm.She creates the sort of cathartic wailing not seen since a Gwyneth Paltrow acceptance speech.J-Ho and PJ actually combine on the song "Crawl Home", which is arguably the highpoint of the album.She's the call,he's the result and what comes out is funkier than Beyonce at a roller disco.The album carries on in this vein with the stand-out tracks probably being "In my Head....Or Something" which is another pop gem and "Bring It Back Gentle",a musical opus that features about 10 artists playing at the same time.Buy this album and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Desert Sessions rivals if not surpasses Queens, 20 Aug 2008
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What attracted me to this album was Desert Sessions performance on Jools Holland with the cool bass driven Crawl Home and the melody blues fusion of I Wanna Make it With Chu, which are both stand out tracks from the Desert Sessions Volume 9 & 10. Both tracks feature the sublime PJ Harvey whose vocal talents range from commanding in Crawl Home to the dawn right haunting of There Will Never Be a Better Time backed by folk. That is what is different from Josh Homme's equally excellent Queens of the Stone Age, there are mixtures of stoner rock such as the brilliant opener Dead in Love and Holey Dime. Listeners will also experience folk music and blue grass such as Im Here For Your Daughter and Creosote. Tracks such as In My Head or Someting and I wanna Make it With Chu both appear on future QOTSA albums (Lullabies to Paralyze & Era Vulgaris) respectably but both are in my opinion better through Desert Sessions. In conclusion if you are a fan of Queens of the Stone Age I implore you to acquire this album as it is that good and cements Josh Homme as a true talent among rock music to be able to pull something completly different out of the hat. We all know anyway the amazing talent of PJ Harvey and this is just another feather in her distinguished cap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The queens friends turn up and smoke it out, 28 July 2005
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This review is from: Volume 9 & 10 (Audio CD)
Those of you familiar with Josh Homme and previous desert sessions will probably own this and know just how good it is.
For those of you that don't, Josh(Queens of the Stone Age front man) gets some of his firends out in the desert for two weeks and they make an album, simple...... for these guys anyway it appears.
Guests are from many like minded individuals such as Maters of Reality, QOTSA and Perfect Circle.However the most stand out of all these for most will be PJ Harvey. She lends a banshee like quality to Josh's laid back singing.
Her solo track (There will never be a better time) pushes her to her vocal limits, talk about holding a note!!! The duet with Josh on Crawl Home was so good they released it as a single.
For QOTSA fans there are tracks like Dead In Love and I wanna Make It With Chu. The rest are tracks that all the individuals like making when not being pinned in by their band genres.
Listen and enjoy...... when's the next one??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!, 25 Feb 2012
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This album is a must have for fans of Queens Of The Stone Age, the chunky riffs are in place and the additiion of PJ Harvey on tracks such as Crawl Home and There Has Never Been A Better Time gives a very distinct sound. Buy it and say thanks Josh Homme....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music, 28 April 2014
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Mr. J. Cooper "big ears" (maidstone kent uk) - See all my reviews
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No complaints from me or the boy item arrived on time and in good order so thank you for that no doubt we'll be back
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4.0 out of 5 stars dessert sessions 9 and 10, 13 Dec 2011
this really is a cracking album,if you like queens of the stone age,mondo generator,screaming trees and/or PJ harvey then there is a track on here for you.The haunting vocals of PJ Harvey and Josh Homme work together perfectly.Every track is excellent with the exception of "Sheppard's pie" which is silly and doesn't fit in the stellar tracks it accompanys.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Desert Sessions 9 &10, 14 Jan 2004
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Very good album - saw them on Jools Holland and heard "Crawl Home" that made me buy it - haven't been dissapointed!
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