By Rob Duguay
If I had to make a good ol' Top 5 list of my favorite rock & roll bands that have come out in the past 20 years, Queens of the Stone Age would be a no-brainer to put into that group with a bunch of other great bands being tied for the number 5 spot. One of those rare acts that album after album keep on going strong and never miss a beat, Queens of the Stone Age have those timeless dirty blues riffs that have an old-school alternative rock tinge. A timeless sound that can't be equaled, Josh Homme and his band of misfits have put out their sixth studio album ...Like Clockwork and it's definitely a piece of music to be reckoned with.
...Like Clockwork shows an established group of talented musicians showing no fear in pushing the envelope when it comes to progressing and trying out new things. When you create songs by collaborating with the likes of Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, punk rock goddess and Homme's significant other Brody Dalle, Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, returning contributors Dave Grohl, Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan along with the one and only Sir Elton John, you really can't go wrong when you combine all of these musical geniuses in one album. Queens Of The Stone Age pretty much enlisted a rock & roll all-star team and ...Like Clockwork is the closest thing an album can come to a home run, slam dunk and a hail mary pass for a touchdown all rolled up into one.
Yea, it's that time again. You might be tired of these introductions where I search through the pits of my wit for something clever to say. You might be sick of it or you might thoroughly enjoy it. Then again, should I actually care if you're sick of it or not? One thing I guarantee you won't get sick of is listening to the new Queens Of The Stone Age album over and over again. See what I did there? Enough of me being a cornball, here goes something.
"If I Had A Tail" has that bass line adding a teeny bit of funk with Homme singing about late night debauchery and how the city can infect you when the sun goes down with Oliveri, Lanegan, Turner and Dalle on backing vocals. "Smooth Sailing" makes me think that this track would have been a B-side during those Them Crooked Vultures sessions Homme, Grohl and Led Zeppelin's John-Paul Jones did a few years ago, no wonder Grohl is on drums in this one too. "Fairweather Friends" is a little softer than the others, but it has Elton John joining in on backing vocals and piano to make it a truly epic song. I know I only named a few but that doesn't mean you should be lame and ignore the rest. Every track off of ...Like Clockwork straight up kicks ass and each one deserves your undivided attention.
Queens Of The Stone Age are currently on a tour of Europe but unfortunately they won't be hitting up the New England area when they come back across the pond. Hopefully that changes someday but until Queens Of The Stone Age invade your neighborhood, grab a copy of ...Like Clockwork. It'll make you disregard time & space for about 45 minutes or so.