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5.0 out of 5 stars A review for the blind, 5 Oct 2003
This review is from: Songs For The Deaf (Audio CD)
The very first thing that must be said about this album is the level of expectation behind it: As well as the high profile of Messrs Homme and Oliveri, there is of course the fabulous voice of Mark Lanegan and the powerhouse that is Dave Grohl playing drums… yada yada yada. So far so interesting, we’ve heard all this before as well as the allegations of being a ‘supergroup’ that only serve to set up bands for a fall. The thing is, that no matter who recorded this album, it would be excellent, the guitars switch between hardcore punk and psychedelic blues as well as everything in between, the lyrics are powerful, emotive and all delivered in the voice Ian Astbury wishes he had… Oh yeah and they have a naked bassist and some bloke on drums called Grohl, who seems to play with such energy you wonder what they’ve been doing to him to make him this pissed off.
‘Songs for the Deaf’ delivers fascinating, brilliant rock music that will stay in your head and on your CD player for weeks after the first rush of enjoyment. Although some songs don’t seem to fit with the standard ‘Queens…’ songs, (‘six shooter’ and opener ‘millionaire’ are pure screaming punk) this only adds to the diversity of the record and make it even more fascinating. Possibly the most interesting track is the hidden track ‘Mosquito song’ with it’s a hauntingly dark lyrics and string arrangement contrasting the gentle acoustics of Homme’s guitar to provide an epic rock track that ebbs and flows leaving the listener simultaneously exhilarated and drained.
A stunning rock album from four stunning musicians with bonus tracks, hidden tracks (rewind from the very first track, see what happens) and a DVD. Superb.
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