Monday, June 01, 2009

874. Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age (1998)

Track Listing

1. Regular John
2. Avon
3. If Only
4. Walkin' On The Sidewalks
5. You Would Know
6. How To Handle A Rope
7. Mexicola
8. Hispanic Impressions
9. You Can't Quit Me Baby
10. Give The Mule What He Wants
11. I Was A Teenage Hand Model


All I knew of the QotSA was the singles, and I quite liked them in a casual way. This album was therefore not a complete surprise, and I quite liked it indeed. It is nothing particular about the album that attracts me, just the general sound of it.

The album sounds very full, very "fat", so "fat" that most of the sound changes are made just by modulating. This runs throughout the whole album, and that makes it a pretty good album to listen to.

They have often been described as "stoner rock" and there is definitely something slightly psychedelic about their sound. This makes them more attractive to me than most metal... not that I'm a stoner or anything... not usually.

Track Highlights

1. How To Handle a Rope
2. Avon
3. If Only
4. Regular John

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The album features a riff-oriented songwriting style that Joshua Homme dubbed "robot rock", similar to the extended jam sessions of his previous band Kyuss.

In a September, 2008 issue of NME Magazine, Josh Homme stated that he was going to remaster the 1998 self titled album for a November 2008 release. Since, the release date has been pushed back to November 2009.

How To Handle a Rope:

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