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Best rock album of 2002,
This review is from: Songs for the Deaf (Audio CD)
Queens Of The Stone Age are a strange band. Sprung from the ashes of the mighty Kyuss, their first album was a superb cocktail of seventies-influenced psychedelic metal, with track after track of hook-laden riffs and choruses providing a refreshing alternative to the already stagnant Nu-metal scene so prevalent at the time of its release.
Their second album, however, was something of a disappointment, with half the album arguably as good as the first but the other half frankly too weird for its own good. It seemed that the majority of songs where Nick Olivieri sung were simply exercises in bog-standard hardcore or bizarre arty noise (a trumpet was even heard on one of the songs fer chrissakes!)
Thankfully, 'Songs For the Deaf' marks a return to form for the band. With Dave Grohl providing drums and former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan guesting on vocals on a few of the tracks, QOTSA have come up with the perfect album for the summer. 'No One Knows', 'Go With The Flow' and 'First it Giveth' are the catchiest tunes you will hear all year, and Lanegan's whisky-soured vocals complement 'The Sky Is Fallin' and 'Hangin' Tree' perfectly.
Of course, the ubiquitous stupid 'oddities' that were present on the last album are still here, but thankfully they have been marginalised to the idiotic electronic noodlings of the 'hidden' track - apparently called 'The REAL Song For The Deaf' - which can be found by rewinding the album past its apparent starting point, and 'Six Shooter', which is, quite frankly, crap. 'Mosquito Song' would be included in the 'pants' file if it weren't for the fact that it's actually quite good.
Aside from those follies, this album is superb. Queens have seen fit to introduce half of the songs using parodies of popular US radio DJs and this works extremely well. KLON ('LA's infinite repeat') and KRDL ('We spoil music for everyone') are actually quite funny little snippets (although they can get irritating if you're just waiting for the damn song to start) and the Mexican DJ introducing 'First It Giveth' is seriously funny.
Anyway, enough warbling - go buy it! I guarantee you won't be disappointed.