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Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the DeafSongs for the Deaf (2002)
Universal Music Group

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Browsing through a wide variety of reviews, I can see why a lot of people might disagree with some posted here. In all honesty, punk reviews ARE more fitting for a site called punknews.org, but who cares? Some albums shouldn't go unnoticed, and this is one of them.. Queens of the Stone Age never .
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Browsing through a wide variety of reviews, I can see why a lot of people might disagree with some posted here. In all honesty, punk reviews ARE more fitting for a site called punknews.org, but who cares? Some albums shouldn't go unnoticed, and this is one of them..

Queens of the Stone Age never fail. I don't think I've ever listened to a song by these guys and thought "Man, this is terrible." Even their weakest songs are stronger than a lot of the pap being played today (anyone pick up Dark Horse by Nickelback? I didn't think so).

While a lot of their stuff is considered by many to be "frat anthems" and "bro music," I think that's bullshit. Songs for the Deaf is one of the greatest hard rock albums to ever grace my ears. I actually went out and bought the CD on a whim a few weeks after it came out and haven't stopped listening to it since.

Starting out as a concept album, Songs for the Deaf details a drive from L.A. to the Mojave Desert and the radio stations heard along the way. The standout tracks here are many, and the listener is rewarded by the band who keeps up with amazing songs that aren't "Go with the Flow" or "No One Knows."

For instance, the screamed "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire" is a heavy anthem with duel guitars that start at just Track 2, a sign of things to come. Then of course, "No One Knows" chimes in after, but we've heard that one before.

"First It Giveth" is a masterpiece in itself. The use of heavy bass from Nick Oliveri and again two guitars in perfect harmony sound great here. I really enjoyed the ending harmonies on this one; Josh Homme sounds better than ever on this album.

If I could describe this album in one word, it'd be "brooding." I felt like I was in an aural haze by the end of the album, which left me satisfied and craving more by the band. One song in particular never fails to make my playlist -- "Song for the Deaf." If darkness, depression and anger needed a song by these guys, this would be it. From the twangy guitars at the beginning of the song, Homme launches into an all-out assault here, which makes for an amazing, almost seven-minute epic with righteous sounding solos and chorus harmonies that fit perfectly.

"Do it Again" is a hard number that strides in at Track 11. It stands out as one of their best as well. Other great ones include the haunting "God Is in the Radio" and "The Sky Is Falling," which starts with echoing vocals before Homme's guitars make their entrance.

Overall, this album is their best and was one of my favorites of 2002 (aside from Dillinger Four's Situationist Comedy). It has some amazing guests as well, who range from Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters on drums to Dean Ween on "Mosquito Song." It's a shame Nick Oliveri left or was "kicked out" of the band. These guys were at their best when he and Josh Homme wrote and composed the majority of the songs.

For anyone into metal or hard rock (whatever THAT means), go buy this album and support a band consistent in putting out mind-blowing records. For the first-time listener, there's no better starting place than Songs for the Deaf.

 

 
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ryannn (December 19, 2008)

Song for The Deaf is a Jam, besides the singles it is the only song i find myself returning to again and again on this record. I love Homme's guitar tone.

yousurewearpantsalot (December 18, 2008)

queens of the trust fund

mevsall (December 18, 2008)

This album is terrible. There is no way that listening to this album could be an enjoyable experience.

Ikari (December 18, 2008)

MY favorites on this are the ones where Lanegan sings. I definitely like this better than Lullabies and way more than Era.

Xote (December 17, 2008)

Consdering how this band falls more in the catagory of 'stoner rock' I think it does deserve it's place on Punknews. They are more or less an underground band and a good one.

Laurier (December 17, 2008)

I found this and Lullabies to be extremely weak record compared to, especially, their s/t and Rated R. I even found Era Vulgaris to be of a higher calibur than this one.

consider_the_ravens (December 17, 2008)

i cant get into this band

american_666_jesus (December 17, 2008)

I listened to this today based on this rave review, but I was thoroughly disappointed. I am a big fan of their singles and I certainly didn't expect a grunge record from the rest of it. I found myself only able to get into the radio singles and a few of the heavier songs. Perhaps I need to give it another listen.

snorkie (December 17, 2008)

I love this band. But Rated R is better.

jacknife737 (December 17, 2008)

Their best work so far. Millionaire is such a great song.

el_matt (December 17, 2008)

I remember i bought this album when i heard "No One Knows" on the radio, having heard nothing from this band before. I got a very different record than what i expected and at first i hated it. Over the years, though, it has grown on me a lot.

First it Giveth is truly a masterpiece. I love that song.

chrisafi (December 17, 2008)

Lullabyes to Paralyze is not better than this but both are better than Rated R and Era

wearestillalive (December 17, 2008)

Their best record, easily. The only one I still bother to listen to if it's not being played by my flatmate. man, he loves queens.

genebuonaccorsi (December 17, 2008)

The drumming in No One Knows is stellar. tight and not too flashy.

spoon_of_grimbo (December 17, 2008)

awesome album, the only QOTSA album i've ever really got into. "song for the dead" is a fine slice of badass freakery.

Misanthropee (December 17, 2008)

Fair review. Good album, but it could have been the 'Nevermind' of post-stoner metal, or something. If there exists a better soundtrack to eating peyote and snorting freshly smuggled coke in the Mojave (or Sonora), I have not heard it.

Or maybe I have. Like Sleep's 'Dopesmoker.' Or the Sunn/Boris split.

Whatever. Left the bong in the freezer too long now.

the_other_scott (December 17, 2008)

i like Rated R and Lullabies to Paralyze better, but this one has some great tracks.

some clown on this site called this hippie music the other day. this shit is fucking balls to the wall rock. i once read josh homme call milo goes to college his favorite album

smelltheglove (December 16, 2008)

One of the greatest rock records of all time. I loved it since the first time I heard it 6 years ago.

mattp330 (December 16, 2008)

awesome. but lullabys to paralyze is better

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