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Them Crooked Vultures

Them Crooked Vultures – Self-titled record

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Although not without its highlights, Queens of Them Crooked Vultures is less supergroup, more new Josh Homme record.

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Them Crooked Vultures, as anticipated as this release may have been in certain rock circles, serves more as the new offering of Queens of the Stone Age. Josh Homme’s deadpan delivery, even when melodic, and his signature desert rock guitar tone take center stage, relegating the other talented players on the record to fill-in status.

Parts of the tracks “Elephants” and “Gunman” do reveal some Zeppelinesque influence from John Paul Jones, but these occurrences are few. And though it’s great to hear Dave Grohl on drums again, how much difference does it really make on a record like this? His play is sloppy and inspired, same as most Homme-led bands.

Although not without its highlights (“No One Loves Me…” and “New Fang”), Queens of Them Crooked Vultures is less supergroup, more new Josh Homme record.

Haiku:
Queens of the Stone Age/
Needs no new album, not since/
Them Crooked Vultures

Haiku:
Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones/
backing up Joshua Homme/
That is how it seems

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