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Queens of the Stone Age [Special Edition]
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  • Queens Of The Stone Age includes: Joshua Homme (vocals, guitar); Dave Catching (lap steel guitar, electric piano); Scott Mayo, Fernando Pullum, Reggie Young (horns); Barrett Martin (vibraphone, steel drum); Nick Oliveri (bass, background vocals); Nick Lucero, Gene Trautmann (drums); Alfredo Hernandez (percussion); Nick Eldorado, Wendy Ray Moan, Rob Halford, Mark Lanegan, Mike Johnson, Pete Stahl (background vocals).
  • Recorded at Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, California from December 1999 to February 2000.
  • Instead of trying to recreate the sound of his former band Kyuss, Josh Homme took a new approach to music. He crafted tight hard rock songs that were heavy on melody and light on vocals. While there is still a lot of fuzz coming from the amplifiers, the vocals are softly interwoven among the chords. There's no screaming or rock & roll antics, and the group takes an almost lo-fi attitude to heavy metal -- an interesting combination that produced instant radio gems like "Regular John," the extreme ranges on "Avon," and the smoky, blues-influenced "Walkin' on the Sidewalks." Queens of the Stone Age are creating a new blend of heavy metal that makes it acceptable to produce creative music that doesn't rely on testosterone as the driving force. ~ David Thomas
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Rolling Stone (p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey'd never again groove like this, with gurgling Teutonic drones swallowing Stooges chords and intercepted radio cross talk."

Spin (1/99, pp.119-120) - 7 (out of 10) - "...While there's really nothing in this collection worth trading in those Melvins albums for, it's strangely compelling to hear how Homme and his cohorts killed many an afternoon in a thick THC haze with Can's TAGO MAGO, then worked it into their patented pedal abuse..."

Q (12/99, pp.126-127) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...deriving maximum power from a sound stripped to its core elements (Homme's bone-hard riffs and mournful vocals and a juggernaut of rhythm section)..."

Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "[With] an array of influences as wide-reaching and sprawling as its sound."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Queens Of The Stone Age were edgy, sarcastic and perfect for rock and metal audiences sick of Korn and Disturbed."

Uncut (magazine) (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a belief in timeless, classic riffs and also more toothsome and unswinging structures..."
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