Album Review – Queens Of The Stone Age “…Like Clockwork” (Rock)

Queens of the Stone Age Like ClockworkWhat do Sir Elton John, Trent Reznor, and Dave Grohl have in common? Like Clockwork, the latest release from Queens Of the Stone Age. Their sixth studio album, Like Clockwork was released on June 3 by Matador Records in the UK and on June 4 in the United States. Self-produced by the band, it is the first Queens of the Stone Age album to feature full contributions from bassist Michael Shuman and keyboardist and guitarist Dean Fertita, who both joined the band in 2007 to tour in support of their fifth studio album, Era Vulgaris, and recorded its bonus tracks. Dave Grohl sits on the drum stool again for the most part, providing a solid base to the band’s sound – although the prominence of new bassist, Michael Shuman, should equally be underscored. Homme’s guitar work is stupefying and is clearly the core of both the band and its arrangements. Still flaunting mirroring in the realm of grunge/sludge rock, the overall result is tough, yet accessible, including some deeper moments. Homme’s vocal style shifts well into the slower numbers, creating a perfect drive the album as a piece. The end product is born out of some hair-raising songwriting, as ever. A number of significant others pop up to assist proceedings, including Trent Reznor, Alex Turner, Mark Lanegan and the volunteered services of a certain Sir Elton John. The point is- you need this album. I can’t tell my highlights, because the entire album has been the highlight of my month of music. 5/5 Dragons

Queens Of The Stone Age Online: www.qotsa.com & www.facebook.com/QOTSA/info

Review by Lana Nimmons

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