QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

Mata­dor Records It’s of­ten a wor­ry­ing sign when the liner notes on an al­bum give a long list of col­lab­o­ra­tors, par­tic­u­larly when it’s a band with the re­pute of Queens of the Stone Age. Yet de­spite the ad­di­tion of Trent Reznor, Alex Turner and El­ton John (!), the prover­bial broth re­mains un­spoiled on the Cal­i­for­ni­ans’ sixth al­bum. Josh Homme’s role as ring­leader is never in doubt, whether he’s driv­ing I Sat By the Ocean’s stri­dent rock can­ter or the pe­cu­liar pi­ano bal­ladry of both the ti­tle track and The Vampyre of Time and Mem­ory. A gen­er­ous smat­ter­ing of heavy­duty riffs sates the ap­petite for rock, Homme ef­fort­lessly mod­u­lat­ing his voice to suit each song’s tone. All in all, this is QOTSA’s most in­ter­est­ing al­bum in years. qotsa.com

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