It's taken a while but finally Queens Of The stone age have reissued and remastered their self titled debut album. This album unless you bought it back in the day is very hard to find any where for a reseanoble price, i can still remember finding my copy back in 2002 (just after Songs For The Deaf came out) in an Traditional Irish Music shop!! strange but true. The album was released on an independent label back in 1998 by Loosegroove records in the US and Roadrunner Records in Europe and now get's the reissue treatment courtsey of Rekords Rekords. This was Josh Hommes first record since the end of Kyuss and and a brief stint in The Screaming Trees and while it sold okay it wasn't untill their next two albums Rated R and Songs For The Deaf broke the band to a wider audience that people wanted to go back and buy the debut record.
The album is almost entierly played by Josh Homme as he play guitar, bass(under an alias of carlos Von Sexton) and piano as well as all vocals, Alfredo Hernández(Kyuss, Brant Bjork) plays most of the drums on the album. Regular QOTSA contributors Dave Catching, Hutch and Chriss Goss also appear. Despite being included in the album artwork and appearing in a phone message on the end of the album Nick Oliveri does not play on the album.
The album itself has stood the test of time and is full of unforgettable riffs and songs that still get played live to this day. there's not many better album openers than "Regular John" which is still one of the finest songs Homme has ever writtten and when played live can usually go on for 10 minutes, second track Avon originally apperared on Desert Sessions' Volume 3: Set Coordinates For The White Dwarf!!! in a slightly different form. "If Only" originally apperared under the name "If Only Everything" on a split Queens Of The Stone Age/Kyuss cd. "You Would Know" shows the talent that Homme has for delivering quality riffs, How to handle a rope picks up the pace on the album with it's banging drums and once again a riff to die for. "Mexicola" starts of with a pounding bass that will have your bass speaker tested to the full, There is 3 unreleased tracks included on the album, "Spider and Vinegaroons"(familiar to anyone who has the Live dvd Over the years and Through the woods as it's used on the various title screens), "The Bronze" and "These Aren't the Droids Your Looking For" interestingly enough they are not just tacked on at the end instead they are spread out through the album giving them more of a feel that they belong on the album in the first place.
Another track that should be familiar to people who don't own the album is "You Can't Quit Me Baby" which has also been a live staple through the years, it features a great Homme riff as well as a deep bass sound that holds the song together for it's near seven minutes running time it has been featured on the live cd/dvd "Over The Years and Through The Woods" as well as the deluxe edition of "Rated R". "Hispanic Impressions" is an instrumental track that shows off what a fine muscian Homme is.
It's very hard to find fault with this record and it's great now that fans can know own a copy of this album as before "Rated R" and "Songs For The Deaf" there was this.