0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
QOTSA at the top of their game,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Like Clockwork [Deluxe 2LP] [VINYL] (Vinyl)
There is'nt a lot that I can add to the mix of generally good reviews for this new QOTSA album.
I always find it hard to choose my favourite of their albums to date as I like them all a lot. I guess I would say that RATED R just pips it but it's a close call between them all with ERA VULGARIS taking the bottom slot.
I would perhaps place LIKE CLOCKWORK third place in the rankings just above LTP and TCV.
There are no weak songs at all on this record and while it may not have the bludgeoning impact of SFTD or RATED R it more than holds its own with mood and atmosphere. The band's sound has subtly evolved over time but not in a bad way and they certainly have not gone soft. You could argue they sound at the very top of their game and comfortable in their own skin more than ever.
The highlights of LIKE CLOCKWORK are 'I Sat By The Ocean', 'If I Had A Tail', 'My God Is The Sun', and 'I Appear Missing' but every song in reality is from the top drawer and there are no passengers amongst them.
One marked improvement on this album over all previous outings is the production. There is real clarity in the sound, good separation of instruments and a punch to the overall sound that gives the album sharper teeth with which to chew your ears and rag your head around with. The vinyl copy plays like a dream.
The deluxe package is so lush and fantastic to the point where it almost feels a little too grand for a mere ten songs and there would lie my only ctiticism. Ten songs was great in the days when bands released new albums every year but is a rich but meagre diet of music if we are to wait for three years or so until our next feed. Still five stars all day long though. Great album.