- Released: May 17, 2011
- Label: Rekords Rekords
Rolling Stone - p.704 stars out of 5
-- "[T]hey'd never again groove like this, with gurgling Teutonic drones swallowing Stooges chords and intercepted radio cross talk."
Spin - 1/99, pp.119-1207 (out of 10)
- "...While there's really nothing in this collection worth trading in those Melvins albums for, it's strangely compelling to hear how Homme and his cohorts killed many an afternoon in a thick THC haze with Can's TAGO MAGO, then worked it into their patented pedal abuse..."
Q - 12/99, pp.126-1274 Stars (out of 5)
- "...deriving maximum power from a sound stripped to its core elements (Homme's bone-hard riffs and mournful vocals and a juggernaut of rhythm section)..."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.52
"[With] an array of influences as wide-reaching and sprawling as its sound."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.933 stars out of 5
-- "Queens Of The Stone Age were edgy, sarcastic and perfect for rock and metal audiences sick of Korn and Disturbed."
Uncut (magazine) - p.914 stars out of 5
-- "[With] a belief in timeless, classic riffs and also more toothsome and unswinging structures..."
- 1.Regular John
- 3.If Only
- 4.Walkin' On The Sidewalks
- 5.You Would Know
- 6.The Bronze
- 7.How To Handle A Rope (A Lesson In The Lariat)
- 9.Hispanic Impressions
- 10.You Can't Quit Me Baby
- 11.These Aren't The Droids You're Looking For
- 12.Give The Mule What He Wants
- 13.Spiders And Vinegaroons
- 14.I Was A Teenage Hand Model
Queens Of The Stone Age includes: Joshua Homme (vocals, guitar); Dave Catching (lap steel guitar, electric piano); Scott Mayo, Fernando Pullum, Reggie Young (horns); Barrett Martin (vibraphone, steel drum); Nick Oliveri (bass, background vocals); Nick Lucero, Gene Trautmann (drums); Alfredo Hernandez (percussion); Nick Eldorado, Wendy Ray Moan, Rob Halford, Mark Lanegan, Mike Johnson, Pete Stahl (background vocals).
Recorded at Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, California from December 1999 to February 2000.
Personnel: Joshua Homme (vocals, guitar); Alfredo Hernandez (drums).
Audio Mixer: Joe Barresi.
Recording information: Ironwood Studio, Seattle, WA (04/03/1998-04/21/1998); Rancho de la Luna Studios, Joshua Tree, CA (04/03/1998-04/21/1998); Studio Monkey, Palm Springs, CA (04/03/1998-04/21/1998).
Photographers: Tony Tornay; Lisa Johnson.
Instead of trying to recreate the sound of his former band Kyuss, Josh Homme took a new approach to music. He crafted tight hard rock songs that were heavy on melody and light on vocals. While there is still a lot of fuzz coming from the amplifiers, the vocals are softly interwoven among the chords. There's no screaming or rock & roll antics, and the group takes an almost lo-fi attitude to heavy metal -- an interesting combination that produced instant radio gems like "Regular John," the extreme ranges on "Avon," and the smoky, blues-influenced "Walkin' on the Sidewalks." Queens of the Stone Age are creating a new blend of heavy metal that makes it acceptable to produce creative music that doesn't rely on testosterone as the driving force. ~ David Thomas