This release is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated rock albums this year. Is it a good album? And does it live up to expectations? With an army of guests and collaborators; Dave Grohl, Alex Turner, Trent Reznor, Jake Shears and Sir Elton John just to name a few. Each lends their own trait to the songs and creates something utterly pleasing about every song. But ultimately the core of the album is a Queens of the Stone Age album and that is where the magic lies.
The near sludgy ‘Keep Your Eyes Peeled’ sets a dirty bluesy vibe which metamorphosed into a sickly cheery sensation created in ‘I Sat By The Ocean’. Beautiful subtleties are explored through songs like ‘The Vampyre Of Time And Memory’ which sounds like a disturbing Beatles song. This beauty is again distorted through the song ‘Kalopsia’ which resembles a David Bowie hit. All good songs. But herein lies the album’s weakness, the songs are all round good, asides from the aforementioned ‘Kalopsia’, ‘I Appear Missing’ and one or two others, nothing is exceptionally striking. Filled to the brim with catchy melodies and memorably passages but nothing truly hits you. Perhaps it’s a drugs thing and the true emotion can only be unlocked through some spiritual journey or state of intoxication.
One of the album’s downfalls was the build up with the soiree of guest collaborates. Their input is good but the mark was set way too high, and sadly falls a bit short. Oddly the short videos and songs release were exciting and magical, it’s strange how it doesn’t quite add up.
It’s an enjoyable album and though initially not incredible, it will definitely get better over time and people will pick it up in a few years and realise it’s beauty. At which point it will get a re-review from many writer, for now though…
Verdict 3/5 Stars