Queens of the Stone Age: Rated R (2000) – deluxe edition Reissue (2010)

Who : Queens of the Stone Age / Where: USA / Genre: stoner rock / 5 studio albums from 1998 to 2007

Related Bands & Artists : Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl), The Eagles of Death Metal, Kyuss, The Desert Sessions, Them Crooked Vultures, Scream (Mark Lanegan).

Queens of the Stone Age is without any doubt one of the great bands of the 00’s. Leaded by Josh Homme, and created on the ashes of the band Kyuss, they have built a musical environment which is at the same time powerful and melodic with a distinctive guitar sound. The famous “stoner rock” tag does not mean anything per se, except the feeling you may have when playing and listening to powerful music in a detached way (that’s my interpretation anyway when you put aside the drugs stuff…). All five albums are highly recommended and more especially “Songs for the Deaf” (2002) with Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) on drums all through the LP and the fantastic song “No One Knows” but I chose to focus on the 2nd LP which was the one that made them go higher musically speaking and that has just been reissued with lots of extra-tracks. Here are a few pictures of QOTSA at Rock en Seine 2010:

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The original LP was blue and the reissue is now red (very important nerdy detail). Beginning with “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” and listing all imaginable drugs in an enthusiastic way, it goes on with one of my favorite tracks ever “The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret” : great lyrics, Josh Homme sings better than ever, amazing bass and this amazing strength they often have in being at the same time “powerfully relaxed”. This is a pure classic album with at least three other amazing songs (“Better Living through Chemistry”, “Monsters in the Parasol” and “I think I lost my Headache” finishing the LP with.. horns!). The former crazy-bald-goatte wearing-on stage nude playing-bass player Nick Oliveri is even given the right to sing a kind of hardcore song which is great too. Overall, one of the 10 best LPs of the 00’s (9/10). The bonus tracks are excellent too and in particular the 2000 Reading Festival concert (7.5/10).

To read more stuff on Rated R:

– English reading: http://www.allmusic.com/album/rated-r-r479243/review ; http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14515-rated-r-deluxe-edition/

– French reading: http://www.w-fenec.org/rock/queens-of-the-stone-age.html

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