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Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

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Release Date: June 3, 2013
Producer: Joshua Homme
Label: Matador

How to become Indie.

Elton John one day called QOTSA’s frontman and simply said: “Hello Josh, this is Elton, the only thing missing from your band is an actual queen!”

A recovery of four months following complications from an operation undergone by Josh Homme, resulting in a deep depression of the frontman, the departure of drummer Joey Castillo: This is the background … the sixth studio album Queens Of The Stone Age.

“…Like Clockwork” is composed up of 10 tracks and was produced by Homme and the band at Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, California. It was recorded by Mark Rankin with additional engineering by Justin Smith. The album features a list of guest artists, including Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, and Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters.

The album is more balanced than ever before, more real, direct and extremely catchy with original guitar riffs. Homme’s lyrics are brilliantly delivered by his trembling baritone vocals. Every song clearly has input from each member of the band, including the subtle keyboard from Dean Fertita. Despite Joey Castillo leaving less than halfway through the production of the album, Dave Grohl fills in nicely: every song has groovy drum beats.

Homme and friends are having a lot of fun. The breaking of glass. The opening track is a dark entry in the desolate city full of danger. I Sat By The Ocean is a slow-burning slice of psychedelic rock. The album is a constant part in the procession, A piano ballad, simple in structure is a land unexplored by the band that with The vampyre Of Time And Memory,  ends up being one of the most tender and intimate moment to date. A mixture of pop and psychedelia that sounds harmonically unusual like Kalopsia.

Like the breaking rays of dawn If I Had A Tail‘ feat. drums from Dave Grohl and backing vocals from Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys and former QOTSA bassist Nick Oliveri, is a warm wave of revitalizing energy. Sexy and shameless.

Simple parts, but irresistible groove like My God is The Sun is just another instant QOTSA classic. Rather than leaning on guest collaborators as a crutch, Homme has subtly interweaved their contributions to make a layered and intense listening experience. So, for Fairweather Friends forget everything you thought you knew about Elton John.

“Shock me awake – tear me apart” goes the pretty grim chorus as Homme and Co. bring the mood back with one last slow-motion charge through fire and brimstone in a tale of a conflicted identity. Clocking in at just over six minutes, I Appear Missing is the longest and most meandering track on ‘…Clockwork’ and one of Josh’s most tortured insights.

“Holding on too long is just  / Fear of wanting to show / Because not everything that goes around comes back around you know / Not everything that goes around comes back around you know /  One thing that is clear / It’s all down hill from here”. [Like Clockwork]

The new sound works very well: it is less screamed, less heavy and more refined. It shows there has been a complete evolution. The best music is often born of pain and patience. QOTSA have long been one of the most respected rock bands on the planet. With this album the fog has definitely cleared.

Antonello Furione

Current lineup:
Josh Homme – lead guitar
Troy Van Leeuwen –  guitar (A Perfect Circle)
Dean Fertita –  keybords (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather)
Michael Shuman –  bass (Jubilee, Wires on Fire)
Jon Theodore –  drum (The Mars Volta)

Tracklist:
1. Keep your eyes peeled
2. I sat by the ocean
3. The vampyre of time and memory
4. If I had a tail
5. My god is the sun
6. Kalopsia
7. Fairweather friends
8. Smooth sailing
9. I appear missing
10. … Like clockwork

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