Producer: Josh Homme, Queens of the Stone Age, James Lavelle
Label: Matador, Rekords Rekords
US-billboard #1, UK-chart #2
– My God is the Sun
– I Sat by the Ocean
– Smooth Sailing
Many waited for this album than the moon rising. Era Vulgaris was slightly unbalanced clinking. Many longed for a more conventional QOTSA-album.
The first single (My God is the Sun) was guaranteed stoner-rolling. There’s a story that album’s moving loosely around some kind of theme. When the album is playing, you can hear a dark and cynical view of the world. There’s also a little hint of fear of death. Again material requested more than one listening.
Troop led by Josh Homme is currently quite a clever band. The arrangements are fine, but atmospherically very strange. If not today, maybe there was a time when the orchestra used the mind augmenters. There is so dark stuff. After all, there are a lot of guest artists such as Elton John, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl and Mark Lanegan.
I Appear Missing has become personally the most important piece on this album. It has a quite a message that the video supports quite well. Without the video, it works just fine, including a small spark of hope. Musically, in the C-section you can found a drum beat that others just do not do.
“I go missing,
No longer exist
One day I hope
I’m someone you’d met”
– I Appear Missing
If the previous Era Vulgaris was confusing, so this album is not. I would like even more chaos at times. Perhaps the desert rock kings calm down as they get older.
Homme has served as head of production, when rest of the band acting as a sidekick. Nicely produced. This should listen to lay low in my bed, when children are sleeping. The lyrics in your hand and so on.
THE BEST MOMENTS
- God is the Sun – Shocking gig-starter! Basically, direct rock song, but contains enough spice from the QOTSA’s wizardry.
- I Appear Missing – Glooming blues in spirit of stoner rock. The lyrics captures your mind.
NOT SO BRILLIANT
Keep Your Eyes Peeled – Tacky starting to the otherwise competent album.