Good lord this new Queens of the Stone Age record is fucking boring init? I assume it’s the rather shite state of rock that has allowed for Josh Homme and his floating crew that he bands together now and then to make records and have them declared as among the year’s best – and that Queens is always featured on top live bands lists and so on.
Hey, I’ve liked a few of the songs, sure. And I saw them live one time and they weren’t distinctly terrible – but big fucking deal.
…Like Clockwork is just another Queens of the Stone Age record, there’s some slide guitar that almost sears, there’s that shriek-croon that dips toward falsetto and then breaks off into a guttural wail.
I’ve spent a bit of time on this album – and it just plods.
I think I wanted to like it more than I could.
Better than Foo Fighters? Oh absolutely. Friends with Dave Grohl? Big bonus in the handing-out-kudos stakes.
I don’t think there’s any need for Queens of the Stone Age songs – or albums – to have titles. If you’ve got time to tell them apart then you’ve probably smoked too much weed.