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    Quote Originally Posted by henryeatscereal View Post
    Lullabies... is an underrated jewel, i always considered them among their best and most solid albums, "Like Clockwork..." is better of course, but "Lullabies..." gets no love IMO.
    "I never Came", man, that's a killer track!
    the (sadly vinyl only) bonus track "like a drug" is also soooooo fucking good (and used in one of my fav horror movies of the last decade, The Devil's Candy)

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    The lineup for Riot Fest will be announced tomorrow at 10am, but it's a safe bet that QotSA will be one of the headliners this year.

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    Stupid sexy Riot Fest. I didn’t want to go to a fest this year. Riot Fest, why must you bless us with one of the best lineups I’ve ever seen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zimbo View Post
    Stupid sexy Riot Fest. I didn’t want to go to a fest this year. Riot Fest, why must you bless us with one of the best lineups I’ve ever seen?
    That really is a ridiculous lineup. There are going to be some crazy good aftershows this year. If i didn't have a bunch of shit going on this fall I'd definitely fly in just for the Friday and Saturday latenight shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zimbo View Post
    Stupid sexy Riot Fest. I didn’t want to go to a fest this year. Riot Fest, why must you bless us with one of the best lineups I’ve ever seen?
    Absolutely incredible. Definitely my favorite festival in America (and still independent right?). I think most of the other ones are now either owned by Live Nation or AEG.

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    So I finally finished the rest of Queens discography (Not counting the b-sides), and what a ride! I finished out with... Like Clockwork, followed by the album a lot of fans seem to dislike, which is obviously Villains.

    ... Like Clockwork: 9/10
    This album definitely sticks out in their discography as a triumph, but in its own right. There is something that seperates itself from the rest of the bunch, and you can hear in the music itself, why it was approached the way it was. The sprinkled on, inspiration from the reissue of the Self-titled to get this album off the ground, makes sense to me. Sometimes, starting from where you began, can shake the barell of ideas in your head, and wiggle something loose that you never thought would be there. Out came "... Like Clockwork."

    The guest appearances on this one seemed more contained, musically, with bringing back long time friend, and former band members in Nick Oliveri, and Mark Lanegan (RIP ). They only did backing vocals for "If I Had A Tail" which is unironically one of the best tracks on the album. Grohl returns, Reznor adds some input, along with Elton John. While these appearances can be a "Blink, and you'll miss it" for casual listeners, it really is cool to decipher what they're doing in the respective songs they're featuring in.

    Every track here is treated with kitten gloves, really showcasing what Homme had in mind for this masterful release. The album really doesn't flow all that well if you cherry pick songs from the track list, with each song feeling like it is contained in its own atmosphere, but somehow, someway, when you listen in its entirety... It works like... Clockwork . There are some points during the album where it can drag, but for me personally, I need to kick back, throw on some shades, and soak in every minute the album has to offer. It really feels like a send-off album, if Queens Of The Stone Age were going to call it quits, so the fascinating allure of this band keeps on chugging along.

    If we were on an alternate timeline, this would be the bands best album. While I can understand why a lot of fans put this album at the pinnacle of their discography, I just cannot put it over Songs For The Deaf, nor their best effort in my opinion, Lullabies To Paralyze. Those albums are damn near perfect, and Queens at their absolute best.

    Faves:
    Keep Your Eyes Peeled
    The Vampyre of Time and Memory
    If I Had a Tail
    My God Is the Sun
    Smooth Sailing

    Villains: 8.5/10
    Ok...so here we are with the most controversial album of the bands entire discography, and rightfully so. Right off the bat, going with Mark Ronson as a producer was a very oddball choice for Homme to go with, with his pop music background, and that does show here without a doubt.

    What is so weird about this album is, the first 3 tracks are arguably the bands lowest point, even if I find "Feet Don't Fail me", and "The Way You Used To Do." very fun, I have no reason to ever revisit them again. "Domesticated Animals" is possibly their worst song to date; damn is it rough, and it makes the beginning of the album DRAG. The album really doesn't kick off until after "Fortress", which is a beautiful song, but where it all comes together is when "Head Like A Haunted House" comes rolling in, with heavy, kick-ass bass, and thundering drums and guitar. This song exploded into my list of all time favorite songs from the band, and sounds like what the first two tracks should have embodied, execution wise. It sounds as if Ronson had a lot of input for the first 4 tracks, and Homme just said "Fuck it, I'm taking over from here."

    The first half of the album, next to the second half are night and day, with the second half being the saving grace. I find myself revisiting the last 5 tracks on Villains over and over as of recent, even more so than Clockwork, and I'm sure I'm in the minority with that take lol. "The Evil Has Landed" is so fucking good, with an awesome, balls-to-the-wall outro, leading into another one of Queens best tracks, "Villains of Circumstance." That track is gorgeous, and I adore the chorus and the little things going on in the background.

    Villains is such an anomaly of an album, but I feel it gets lost in the mix, along with Lullabies which nobody seems to ever speak on, which is a tad odd since that album in my opinion, really showcases what the band is made of, and what they're all about. Villains sounds like the band was able to breathe a little bit, and having a lot of fun that even Era Vulgaris put off in energy. The first album with no guest appearances, the same line up from Like Clockwork, with the addition of Jon Theodore helming full drum responsibility is refreshing to hear. If the album started as strong as it finishes, I would gladly put this over Like Clockwork.

    Faves:
    Head Like A Haunted House
    Un-Reborn Again
    Hideaway
    The Evil Has Landed
    Villains Of Circumstance

    So, after hearing almost everything Queens Of The Stone Age has to offer, they are definitely one of my favorite bands to date. Not only are they a staple in modern rock, they subtly just keep pumping out quality music. I gave Emotional Sickness another go, and it still remains as just a by the numbers QOTSA track. But I will hold off completely counting it out, since it IS track 9 off the new album. So maybe, a more cohesive listen will change that thought.

    Final rankings:

    Lullabies to Paralyze - 10/10
    Songs For the Deaf - 9/10
    ...Like Clockwork - 9/10
    Villains - 8.5/10
    Self-titled - 7/10
    Rated R - 6/10
    Era Vulgaris - 5/10


    Cheers, y'all!
    Last edited by Self.Destructive.Pattern; 05-17-2023 at 10:04 PM.

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    i really gotta dig back into the catalog. Clockwork and Villains are the only two I spin anymore but you guys are getting me motivated to revisit.

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    Sick tune, can't wait to hear the whole thing!

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    Carnavoyeur

    It seems that a vinyl rip of 'Negative Space' is out there but the thread on r/qotsa was deleted.

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    I was listening to all the old albums this past weekend, and I honestly don't think they have a single bad song.

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    Absolutely love that new song. Hope the leak appears somewhere where it can be found by people who are looking for it or may be able to describe such a thing to others.


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    Negative Space - Shitty Quality rip (with a few seconds of Time & Space at the end)

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    Jealous of anyone who is going to Margate or Glastonbury

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    Official YT link


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    there's also a lyric video if you want to read along.


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    In my opinion, with their new mixer since Like Clockwork, their music feels kind of shallow and doesn't have that stoner rock punch with those heavy basslines that I like about them. Do you know what I mean. I have the same feeling with those new songs

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    I was browsing around and found this again so sharing here
    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
    SONGS FOR THE DEAF (2002)

    "Finally Radio Free - DJ Skits removed"

    00 The Real Song For The Deaf
    01 You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire
    02 No One Knows
    03 First It Giveth
    04 A Song For The Dead
    05 The Sky Is Fallin'
    06 Six Shooter
    07 Hangin' Tree
    08 Go With The Flow
    09 Gonna Leave You
    10 Do It Again
    11 God Is In The Radio
    12 Another Love Song
    13 A Song For The Deaf
    14 Hidden Track
    15 Mosquito Song

    While amusing at first, over the years the radio skits that pepper QOTSA's classic album 'Songs For The Deaf' have become increasing annoying, getting in the way of an overwise enjoyable listening experience. I need the songs, not a saga.

    So I decided to take the time to carefully remove the skits, patching up the few song intros and outros that they (slightly)
    overlapped, using other sources available:

    Millionaire - 'WWF Tough Enough 2' compilation
    No One Knows - 'Sample This School Boy' promo
    First It Giveth - CD single
    Hangin' Tree - leaked demo version (mastered by thir13en)
    Go With The Flow - CD single
    Do It Again - leaked demo version (mastered by thir13en)
    Another Love Song - leaked demo version (mastered by thir13en)
    Song for The Deaf - leaked demo version (mastered by thir13en)

    Care was taken to ensure that edits are audibly invisible, and that the new gap transitions between songs are suitable.

    I'd be surprised if this hasn't been done in some form by someone somewhere before, but as far as I know this is
    the first time such a version of the album has been distributed over the interweb.

    Given the difficulty in playing and ripping the pre-gap track 'The Real Song For The Deaf', I've included it here as a stand alone track for anyone interested, along with the 'Hidden Track' (the rhymthic laughing version of 'Feel Good Hit') which you may or may not want to include in this skit-free version of the album (I prefer not, personally).

    This was a very satisfying project to work on, so I hope you enjoy the radio-free listen as well.

    Compiled by ridleybradout, June 2013.

    SOURCE: Original CDs > FLAC > WAV > edits made in Nero Wave Editor > WAV > FLAC > TLH to fix SBE > FLAC
    Download link

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    Quote Originally Posted by dominik View Post
    In my opinion, with their new mixer since Like Clockwork, their music feels kind of shallow and doesn't have that stoner rock punch with those heavy basslines that I like about them. Do you know what I mean. I have the same feeling with those new songs
    The old desert stoner sound is largely gone. "The Evil Has Landed" off Villains felt like a throwback to earlier QOTSA, but the last two albums have a particular sound to them that's hard to really peg. Lots of harmonic guitar work, less chonky riffing, and 70s elements like spring reverb and Moog leads. One of the things I find interesting is that there are more elements to the mix, and the compositions are more complex, but it somehow feels more lean, skeletal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leviathant View Post
    One of the things I find interesting is that there are more elements to the mix, and the compositions are more complex, but it somehow feels more lean, skeletal.
    What an accurate description of their modern sound. Lots more stuff going on, but mixed in a way so it still feels kind of garage rock, maybe even more so than some of their earlier albums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss k bee View Post
    Jealous of anyone who is going to Margate or Glastonbury
    What about Cardiff? Haha. I'm doing a DJ set afterwards if anyone is going, send me a DM for more info

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegate View Post
    there's also a lyric video if you want to read along.

    I can't get enough of "Carnavoyeur", this one is the one that has the most "Like Clockwork... vibes", from all the music released so far...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpiusdiamond View Post
    What about Cardiff? Haha. I'm doing a DJ set afterwards if anyone is going, send me a DM for more info
    Well i'm jealous of anyone getting to see QOTSA live this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdm View Post
    my buddy got picked to go to the one in Soho. I'm currently kissing his ass to take me with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leviathant View Post
    "The Evil Has Landed" off Villains felt like a throwback to earlier QOTSA
    Funny you should mention that, because that song has always given me a Them Crooked Vultures vibe so hard that I can't help but think it was either an unfinished leftover from that album, or something he might have been tossing around for a follow-up, but, when he realized it wasn't going to happen anytime soon, he just worked it into a QOTSA song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyson View Post
    Funny you should mention that, because that song has always given me a Them Crooked Vultures vibe so hard that I can't help but think it was either an unfinished leftover from that album, or something he might have been tossing around for a follow-up, but, when he realized it wasn't going to happen anytime soon, he just worked it into a QOTSA song.
    That's sorta what has happened. There's somewhere a video of JHo explaining that he had Evil main riff written years ago, and that he only just now found a way to make a song around it. I think it was some sort of song-by-song commentary on youtube from when the album was fresh.

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    Looks like recent social media posts are confirming that the new album is the final album of a trilogy. I think it had been suggested before too, but Iíve only just seen it myself.

    I had no idea Villains was meant to be in some way linked to ÖLike Clockwork

    So is the order meant to be Times New RomanÖ Villains ÖLike Clockwork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpiusdiamond View Post
    Looks like recent social media posts are confirming that the new album is the final album of a trilogy. I think it had been suggested before too, but I’ve only just seen it myself.

    I had no idea Villains was meant to be in some way linked to …Like Clockwork

    So is the order meant to be Times New Roman… Villains …Like Clockwork?
    No, release order. I don't think is THAT kind of conceptual trilogy tho... but I think they'll go "Sleep Token" with the ending of the last song tying up with the beginning of '...Like Clockwork'.

    Edit: it seems you were right with the reverse order.
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    Their last two albums certainly share a vibe, the new single shares it. Really hard to describe, too. But the last two albums were big growers on me, they took a minute to "click" so to speak. Which is a rewarding feeling, since so many albums have this catchy immediacy that over time, end up sounding very dated. Quite excited for this new album.

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