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Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age

1998

Queens of the Stone Age

Album Summary

Queens of the Stone Age is the debut studio album by American rock band Queens of the Stone Age, released by Loosegroove Records on September 22, 1998. It was primarily written and recorded in April 1998 by founding member Josh Homme and his former Kyuss bandmate Alfredo Hernández, with Hernández playing drums and Homme singing and playing the rest of the instruments. Homme also produced the album alongside Joe Barresi. Bassist Nick Oliveri, also a former member of Kyuss, would join the band by the time of the album's release. Queens of the Stone Age received generally positive reviews from critics, who placed it in the stoner rock genre and drew comparisons to krautrock bands such as Neu! and Can, as well as to Kyuss and other metal bands. In 2011, Homme reissued Queens of the Stone Age through his Rekords Rekords label, having it remastered and adding three additional tracks–two from the album's recording sessions and one from two years earlier. The reissue received a positive critical response and was accompanied by a supporting concert tour. Working on the reissue and subsequent tour also inspired part of the band's approach to recording its sixth album, ...Like Clockwork, released in 2013.

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Rating

3.27

Votes

5231

Genres

  • Hard Rock
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Tue Dec 14 2021
3

Some nice but generic 2000s rock. Honestly, it feels more like a promising demo than a complete album. I liked it, but really not a ton draws me back. (Also, Josh Homme always feels like a dollar store Chris Cornell to me lol)

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

I like the dusty desert sluggishness of the album, and think with a bit more refinement this could be an excellent album.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

“Queens of the Stone Age” by Queens of the Stone Age (1998) Marginally competent stoner rock, but this ain’t Nirvana. Composition needlessly repetitive. Too much l/r separation and hanky-panky in the mix. Pathetic vocals. Senseless lyrics. I preferred the original vinyl LP cover art. 2/5

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

2.7 - Really nothing special. It's got a straightforward, commercial hard rock sound. Vocals never grabbed me. Uninteresting guitar parts - just a generic high gain drone with the same patterns: power chord-power chord-riff. Songs don't land anywhere emotionally. I'd hear this at a head shop and not give it a second thought. Chuck this album and listen to Superunknown instead.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
1

Too serious to make a virtue of their dumbness, too dumb to conceive of seriousness as anything other than vocal lassitude and fuzzy guitars. More proof that whoever wrote this book used spin the bottle to choose albums from the 90's.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

I consider myself a fan, but I must not be a true fan because I have to admit I started at Songs for the Deaf and never looked backward in their discography. This sounds fantastic. Weird to think that Josh Homme was only like, 25 when he made this. The QOTSA sound was already fully formed.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

piss shit cum

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Ayahuasca is a psychoactive/hallucinogenic brew made from various plants and considered among the indigenous people of South America’s Amazon basin to be a ceremonial spiritual medicine. It is purported by many to be effective in treating things like chronic depression and addiction. Author Michael Pollan wrote an excellent book in 2018, 'How to Change Your Mind,' in which he also advocates the use of other psychedelics (namely, L.S.D. and psilocybin mushrooms) in treating disorders as well as offering spiritual insight and transcendence. Both shamans and modern scientific researchers, however, insist that these substances are only a first step, a jump start if you will, into a more sustainable practice of things like daily meditation for life-long wellness. And neither condone hallucinogens for purely recreational purposes. I got very close to taking an ayahuasca treatment a while back, met the requirements and had all but signed up and made travel plans to a location here in the U.S, but then finally decided against it. I was scared of the possibility of persistent psychosis that is also reported among persons who may have a history of psychiatric disorders. I have shown symptoms of mild borderline personality disorder, but this is only a self-diagnosis, unconfirmed by medical professionals. My personal belief, gut reaction/intuition, is that my emotional and behavioral issues are more accurately spiritual disorders, which I’ve been treating for the last few years with a twice daily practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation, among other things. It’s a slow, lengthy process, but I am making significant recovery back to health and wellness. The reason I bring this up is because of the nature of the ayahuasca experience as differentiated from L.S.D. and mushroom. Acid and ‘shroom trips can be both frightening but also quite pleasurable, ecstatic even. But ayahuasca, by contrast, is designed to plunge the recipient into the very heart of terror. The guidance being not to flee from one’s demons (and I’m using that term in a more Hindu/Buddhist/Taoist way rather than a traditional Jewish/Christian/Muslim understanding) but to face them and allow these deeply buried entities, now unearthed, to guide you to a better place. This is exactly what my meditative practice is also accomplishing, albeit in a much gentler, gradual, and less frightening way. As I was listening to 'Queens of the Stone Age,' I was very aware of lyricists Josh Homme and Alfredo Hernandez’s own potential disordered (perhaps even sociopathic, or worse, psychopathic) thoughts, at least as revealed in their lyrics, which are by design subject to a variety of interpretations. These fellas are talented and creative lyricists, no doubt. Still, there is a tremendous amount of violent cutting going on in this LP, among both the objects and subjects of the hellish scenarios they present. In ‘Avon,’ for example, the ‘Free range humans (are) all cooped up… I string ‘em up, I cut ‘em down.’ On the final track, ‘I Was a Teenage Hand Model,’ the protagonist peaks in the window, ‘lookin’ inside, the butcher’s got a fork in your face. I’m standin’ alive, and I was singin’…’ Most disturbing of all, on ‘You Can’t Quit Me Baby,’ we experience the actions of a ‘psycho in love,’ who breaks into his ex-lover’s home and kills himself: ‘I slashed and I cut and I do it for you. I want you to notice when I’m not around.’ And, ‘I’ll see you in hell.’ This is accompanied by a guitar solo that literally evokes a disturbed mind, and then an accelerated tempo at the end concluding in a cacophony of sounds which is quite effective in its artistic representation of insanity, despair, and bloody suicide. It was scary, and not in a fun-scary rollercoaster ride kind of way. (Allow me to make a quick comment here, off the subject. On the final track, a reference is made to the patience of Job. The intent of the story of Job has very little to do with patience, at least as I understand it. Furthermore, as much as I adore Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side of the Moon,' the Bible reads the love of money as the root of all evil, not simply money itself. I wouldn’t expect casual readers of either the Hebrew or Christian scriptures to know that, nor do I blame them for the mistake, but I just had to get that off my chest. You know, for the record. Ok, back to 'Queens of the Stone Age.') Musically, these boys are in my sweet spot. I do love me some stoner rock, man But these fellas have lifted their version up from the sludge of the Wishkah river where most play, and rinsed theirs off until its squeaky cleanier, sleeker even, and much closer to that wonderfully rich, deep Black Sabbath-esque vibe that is so influential to stoner rock bands, rather than the full-fledged grunge of, say, Nirvana. Josh Homme, while not as good a singer as Soundgarden’s late vocalist Chris Cornell, definitely echoes a similar mood. And he (also playing guitar, bass, and keyboards) and drummer Hernandez share musical surprises galore throughout, including an excellent understanding of dynamics, melodic guitar solos that are more concerned with serving the song rather than showing off (‘If Only’ is a good, but hardly the only, example), and even a taste of prog metal- a quirky 4/4, 4/4, 4/4, 4/4, 4/5 time signature on the LP’s sole instrumental, ‘Hispanic Impressions.’ I’m also a real sucker for that repetitive groove so common to the stoner rockers. ‘Walking On the Sidewalks’ produces a near trance-like state towards the end. They could’ve played that thing for ten more minutes (I’m guessing they just might in concert) and I would’ve been more than content to listen. Seeing as how the folks who create the 1001 LP list did not see fit to include any Melvins recordings (a true loss and major disappointment) I’m pleasantly surprised and relieved to discover this LP, 'Queens of the Stone Age,' as a close alternative. I love everything about this album, despite approaching the lyrics with a bit of caution. I’m emotionally mature enough, now, to take it. However, I would most certainly not recommend this while taking a hallucinogenic trip. It pretty much serves that purpose just fine all by itself. And sometimes the trip soars like an angel, but then it just as quickly takes an awfully scary descent. To smooth out the whole thing, I would recommend a big ol’ bong hit or two before dropping the needle to vinyl, or whatever musical platform you’re on (they’ve never come up with a term descriptive of the playing of virtual music that’s as good as the needle to vinyl image.) I mean, there’s a reason why they call this ‘stoner rock.’ Turn it up real fucking loud, too.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
1

Not my cup of tea; I like the general sound of QotSA, but this album feels boring, like the same bass and drums lines continue throughout the album. Meh.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

What a cracker of a first album. Still lots of Kyuss vibes but completely Josh starting something fresh.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

I love QOTSA. I would rate songs for the deaf, like clockwork and r rated above this album though. It’s a shame they are not on the list. But in there absence their debut is getting a 5. So much sex and swagger to this.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

I consider "...like clockwork" to be one of my formative albums and myself as a QOTSA fan but I had never listen to this one. Maybe I'm biased but this was excellent. strong and meaningful although that last track was confusing and uncomfortable with the headphones lol

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Weirdly had QotSA grouped with a bunch of forgettable post-grunge bands without really having listened to much. Turns out this is a actually a really good lo-fi garage rock album. Pleasantly surprising.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Steengoed album met vettig gitaarwerk. Nogal vreemd einde. Maar I like it.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Очень стоунер)

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Wooooow

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

This is the best Queens of the Stone Age album because it sounds the most like a Kyuss album.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

stoned and sleepy on you would know. I'm asher burns and I approve this album

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Wed Aug 11 2021
5

Always been an album I've loved. Stand out tracks - How to handle a rope, If only

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

We fuck to QOTSA

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

rainhas da era da preda

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

Probably my second favorite QOTSA album, but goddamn it gets me pumped. A near perfect combo of simple and repetitive structures with complex and intricate arrangements and rhythms and great melodies. The instrumental bonus tracks are unnecessary though and it’s weird that the reissue is the only version on streaming

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Queens of the Stone Age debut album, 1998. Desert rock / Stoner rock / Hard rock. Album received generally positive reviews from the critics. Homme remarked that he "just wanted to start a band that within three seconds of listening, people knew what band it was". And it is really damn good! Please generate me more stoner rock albums in this list! :)

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

There's just something about the way this sounds that's so pleasing to my ears

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Huge QOTSA fan,so obviously biased here

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

He he eindelijk weer iets uit mijn lijst van favorieten🤘

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

Heerlijk, wat een lekker album!!

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Awesome album. Some incredibly good songs. Doesn't get boring at all.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

brutal y sexy.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Muito fodaaaaa

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Crushing stoner rock. More refined and polished and less sprawling than Kyuss and probably better for it.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

Essencial

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Sonzao.

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Fri May 20 2022
5

5 easy

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Tue May 24 2022
5

There is no QOTSA track that I don't like. They are one of my more favorite bands. Have been listening since Kyuss.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Contains two of my favorite rock songs of all time, "If Only" and "You Can't Quit Me Baby." When the album came out, it was more accessible than Kyuss, far less cheesy/repetitive than Fu Manchu, and just odd enough - sonically and lyrically - to be cooler than mainstream hard rock.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Josh Homme's voice soars above the howling guitars. What a fantastic debut! And they went from strength to strength too.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

A personal 5/5

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Yarp

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Sun Jul 17 2022
5

Despite dismissing QotSA back in the day, I've mostly enjoyed this. Not ultra-keen on the novelty album aspect, but the tracks that rock rock hard. People who enjoyed this, be sure to listen to The Divine Comedy's version of Noone Knows. It's extraordinary.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

A great first album that I think gets overlooked a lot with QOTSA. I liked the raw grittiness of this.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

Regular John is such a strong opener - one of my favorite rock songs period. So danceable, I have hard time staying in my seat with this one. If Only has a similar vibe. Other gems: You Would Know (starts slow & builds really nicely). How to Handle a Rope Mexicola Give the Mule What He Wants Spiders and Vinegaroons I Was a Teenage Hand Model Picking up where Kyuss left off and getting more experimental, this is an iconic stoner rock album that defined the palm desert scene. The album is a bit uneven though. Not all songs go down smoothly. Some songs are experimental, as QOTSA find their sound. Some songs are just repetitive & boring. Also... as far as I can tell this is the only real Stoner/Desert Rock album on this list... so here's my ten-and-one Desert Rock albums to listen to before you get bored of the genre: 1/ this one. congrats you've probably already listened to it. 2/ "Vols. 11 & 12" by Desert Sessions ("Crucifire" if one song) 3/ "Sleep's Holy Mountain" by Sleep ("Dragonaut" if only one song) (San Jose's finest represent!) 4/ "Jalamanta" by Brant Bjork ("Too Many Chiefs - Not Enough Indians" if only one song) 5/ "Clutch" by Clutch ("Spacegrass" if only one song) 6/ "Welcome to Sky Valley" by Kyuss ("Demon Cleaner" if only one song) 7/ "Saint Vitus" by Saint Vitus (title track if you only listen to one song). This album was way ahead of its time. Early 80s. 8/ "Sunrise on the Sufferbus" by Masters of Reality ("Rabbit One" if only one song). 9/ "Dopethrone" by Electric Wizard ("Funeralopolis" if only one song) 10/ "Peace Love Death Metal" by Eagles of Death Metal ("Miss Alissa" if only one song) 11/ "Dead Roots Stirring" by Elder ("Gemini" if only one song... but it's 9 mins long!)

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Absolute banger. Will be listening again soon.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Regular John Mexicola You cant quit me baby Hispanic Impressions Give the Mule what he wants

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Fuck yeah

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Beautiful

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Class album, weird and interesting all the way through. Lacks any obvious singles apart from regular John but that probably makes it better.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

I’ve listened to this 100000 times already, and I’m so glad it made the list. I feel it gets overlooked a lot by QOTSA fans, but this to me is quintessential Queens (well, perhaps Rated R is but this paved the way). Robotic, hypnotic, weird… I don’t think there’s a song on it that you’d play at a house party compared to later records, but all the more reason for this being a rough little gem punching above its weight

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

This is rockin…. Much better than expected. Weird, yet familiar! Enjoyed!!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Honestly way way better than expected. Groovy licks and energetic vocal delivery put me in a good mood.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Skulle kunna få ett ännu högre betyg men för långt album och vissa låtar som inte håller måttet.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Nice one! Lots of quality songs; not the massive hits as other albums, but very solid overall!

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

QOTSA is always awesome, and has always been awesome. I had never confirmed it by listening to their debut, but I'm very happy I did now.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Distinctive sound. Good album

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

At first I thought "this isn't the QotSA album I'd pick", but I guess I haven't listened to it in a long time, as it's a banger. Lot of great tracks! Fave track - "Avon", maybe? "How To Handle a Rope" and "You Can't Quit Me Baby" are great too!

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

👍👍👍

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Eléctrico. Rock stone en ocasiones. Bien producido

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Worth listening to more. Just for the song titles.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Bigger fan of their later work, but still a great album.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Begint zeer sterk, maet mijn favoriete nummer van hen. Blijft eigenlijk tamelijk sterk, tot "These aren't the droids you're looking for" (love de Star Wars referentie tho) vanaf daar word het wat experimenteler. Heel bevreemdend einde, al bij al een goede plaat. 4.25/5

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Good

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Brilliant

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Hyped me up to get some work done

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Queens was pretty well fleshed out from the beginning, this record sounds like it could have come out next to their most recent. For a stoner rock record it has a pretty unique sound, it’s so dry that at times it seems like the band members are playing in different rooms. This does allow the listener to pick out each instrument individually at any given time, which is a neat trick. Has some of their best songs: “Regular John,” “Mexicola,” “How to Handle a Rope,” the record can drag a bit towards the end but overall worthwhile.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Love it.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

4/5

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

A cracker! I always thought they were very, very stoner rock but this has elements of keeping one eye on the dance floor. I think I'd kinda avoided it because everything I'd heard from Kyuss courtesy of Bennett didn't do much for me and incorrectly assumed the apple hadn't fallen far from the tree.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Not sure why this one was picked as every other album they've produced is better than this.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Pretty good album, I would give an 8/10 because it's very clean and yet feels very jagged at the same time.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

This started strong, but the middle was weak. Weirdly liked the last track though.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

This was pretty good, not as great as their later stuff -some of it was very simple and similar, but enjoyed it a lot

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Probably the first albums of this challenge that I actually enjoyed. Rating: Sick Guitar Riffs/10

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Literally this rocks

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

I used to own this album, but sold it as I rarely listened beyond track 3 and Mexicola. It's interesting to revisit it 20 years later, and now that QOTSA are a big festival headlining band. As it turns out, I still really enjoy the first three tracks (Regular John, Avon and If Only), and although I'm still not keen on Walkin' on the Sidewalks (track 4), the rest of the album is a really enjoyable listen. It gets into a groove and chugs along nicely. I guess this is at a point somewhere between Desert Sessions and the later, more mainstream, QOTSA albums. This is more subtle than the next two QOTSA albums, Rater R and Songs for the Deaf, but stands up with them in terms of quality and is very much a single and consistent piece. 3.5/5.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

it's no Kyuss but it's still some damn good desert rock.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

I was already thinking I should get into QotSA before this, so it was nice to see the generator spit out something I can cross off my backlog, and even nicer that I enjoyed it. I really like the heavy yet borderline radio-friendly sound the band has (and even the hazy, jaded-about-everything-and-nothing-in-particular lyricism fits the bill well), but Josh Homme's vocals are as vital an instrument as anything else, so it's hard to treat the instrumental wankery included between many of the vocal tracks as anything more than an obstruction. Even so, the majority of that is added through the bonus tracks, and it's worth putting up with considering said tracks include "The Bronze," a highlight of the 2011 reissue that I listened to. I'm definitely digging deeper into the band after this, and maybe even checking Kyuss out. Key Tracks: Walkin' on the Sidewalks, How to Handle a Rope, You Can't Quit Me Baby

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

I'd be lying if I didn't say it's a generous 4. I like this album fine but I can't help compare it to some of their later works which are some of my favorite albums. it's lacking a bit of punch

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

so close to being a great album :/ if everything was more interesting and like, 15 min shorter, id give it a 5

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Soft 4 stars. Never heard this debut and I consider myself a QotSA fan. Their roots with Kyuss are definitely evident, but with more musical diversity on this one.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

I dug this, would go back and listen. Good post-Nirvana grungy ish sound

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Un bon album rock, j'aime bien le style. C'est un bon band et un bon album. 4.0

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I got ABBA right before this one and this is the perfect palate cleanser after that slick, syrupy pop so maybe that's part of it... But this is an easy win for me. I'm already a QOTSA fan. I've seen them live at PJ20 and I actually just re-purchased Rated R on vinyl. Wouldn't call myself a huge fan though. I actually haven't listened to this one much before. I really liked Rated R and Songs for the Deaf. I kind of lost track of them after Lullabies but a few weeks ago I spent some time catching up with their more recent work. But for some reason I always kind of skipped this one (maybe I listened to it once and wasn't impressed, maybe it's the kind of terrible album art... not sure.) This is great! I think I'd still rate Rated R and Songs for the Deaf above it but it's clearly QOTSA. Love Homme's guitar sound and the big stoner riffs. Great stuff.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Brings together some of my favorite musical pleasures: stoner metal heaviness and krautrock grooves. Sprinkled with an almost poppy melodic flourish in the vocals. Hypnotic and catchy.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

You can’t trust someone that doesn’t like QOTSA

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

kind of heavy grungy. If only is a cool song. simple fuzzy rock. you would know. You can't quit me baby, great song.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

As their debut studio album, Queens of the Stone Age took on a stern yet explorative form of hard rock. Through creative use of psychedelic tools in the form of fuzz-guitars, repetitive bars, and an assortment of arrangement styles, 'Queens of the Stone Age' (album) manages to manifest the 'stoner culture' in their direction of sound. Systematic yet colorful, direct yet thought-inducing, this record has its fair share of CHBs therefore earning its credit.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

With this acid guitar riffs I would say is stoner-rock for the masses. (7/10) FT: If Only, Regular John

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Good upbeat album. With QOTS you know what you’re going to get

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

The best of this album IMO: - If Only - You Would Know - How to Handle A Rope (A Lesson in the Lariat) - These Aren't the Droids You're Looking For - I Was a Teenage Hand Model It's very good. Some chord progressions are unexpected, which I like. Many catchy songs. Some tunes are a bit on the weird side. 3.7/5

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Would this band have been better named Stone Age Monarchists, or just Stone Age Monarchy? Rock band debut albums tend to be a bit rough, and this is no exception, minus one, and that it is a good one. Josh Homme has a benign vocal style, and QotSA in general showed early on that they had technical prowess to go with their musical talent. This much is evident on "Walkin' On The Sidewalks" with its repetitive bass and rhythm guitar line, screeching guitars that join rather than interrupt, so much so that it is noticeably intentional. Benign vocals for this listener is sort of what gives QotSA its charm. The band, in spite of revolving members over the years, manages to keep QotSA as their branding. Credit should rightfully go to frontman/founder Josh Homme for managing that in spite of the inevitable controversies that plague frontpersons. This is a solid rock album, as though it were recorded in an actual garage and then being mastered in a studio. It carries a 'real, genuine article' feel that precedes QotSA's eventually steady rise in the mainstream.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

good rock album, I liked it.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Pretty good rock and roller.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

their early sound is great, really raw guitar sound

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

This was a great listen. Way “sludge-ier” than their later work. Oddly Homme played the bass on this album so it was before even Olivieri joined the band. I dug it overall. Fav tracks: “Regular John” “These Aren’t The Droids You’re Looking For”

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Love Mexicola especially

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Still as good as I remember it - and still holds up well. Not their best album but it’s a good one.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

3.5 moody

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Niet hun beste album. Dat zijn wat mij betreft de twee daarop volgende platen. Je hoort heel goed waar het allemaal toe ging leiden, maar de plaat is nog wat wisselend en Josh zong hier ook nog niet zo goed. Maar nog steeds top.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Cool rock album. Nothing super special but some solid rock tunes.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

Yes. Hell fucking yes. This wasn't my first Queens album, but it was certainly the first album to permanently drag me into the fray of fuzzed-out, lo-fi garage rock that pulled no punches and took no prisoners. The lack of polish on this LP is a feature, not a bug - the grimy guitar, punchy drums, and absolutely sinful growl of the bass unify to form some sort of primal roar, a sound dwarfing the expected output of a usual rock threesome. Already the vestiges of future QotSA albums are present in the straightforward rock charts augmented with off-kilter, skittering accents that suggest something is not quite right, that perhaps the sex, drugs, and rock n' roll this song describes belies some greater horror. An unbelievably deep first outing for a band (thanks in part to Homme's time with Kyuss) and an album I return to whenever there's the need to kick some metaphorical teeth in.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Surprisingly well put together, but the lyrics could use some work.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

Quite some good rock there I think.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

já curtia demais esse som, essa fase inicial deles que vai até o songs for the deaf é maravilhosa, aqui o josh ainda tá com sequelas do kyuss então as riffaradas são bem violentas, os hitszinhos radiofônicos que caracterizaram a banda ainda não estão tão marcantes, apesar de já ter um apelo mais comercial na pegada do som. gosto MUITO de mexicola e de avon, que é um contender forte para minha musica favorita desses caras.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Inte lyssnat på den här förut! Inte QotSA:s bästa kanske men tycker det är gött gung ändå

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Regular John, If only, You would know, Mexicola

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

I haven't listened to this one before. I'm surprised an album like Rated R or Like Clockwork is not on here, but it makes sense that the debut makes the cut, considering that the QOTSA sound is pretty consistent. If anything, one of my gripes is that the album can get a little too samey. Also, on the Spotify version of the album, it sprinkled the bonus tracks within the original track list, which is bizarre in general, and especially for the sake of reviewing. Hispanic Impressions is a solid track, as are the other instrumentals. My other favorite song is You Can't Quit Me Baby, with a solid buildup at the end, and even a Radiohead reference. A lot of the Kyuss sound is still there, and that is probably why this record is so enjoyable to me. Just wish that Welcome to Sky Valley made the cut.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

As a newer QOTSA fan, this is enjoyable and has the sound I was expecting and a lot of nice guitar riffs. However, for me this is not as good as their newer albums such as "Villains" and "Like Clockwork"

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

"Spider and Vinegaroons" <3. 8.5/10

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

So until about 2 years ago I thought Queens of the Stone Age started with No One Knows off of Songs for the Deaf. But it turns out they had two albums prior to that and this one (their debut) is really good. It's a shame no singles were ever released - the first three tracks alone are smashes in my opinion. Regular John and If Only are what got me into finding out more about the Queens. I guess these guys (or them in their former bands) were too off the beaten path (too nu metal?) prior to this. But the pounding melodies are great - i.e., buzz from backing guitar & bass plus intermittent lead guitar intricacy and high fret change of pace. To me, this was one of the best examples of post-grunge alternative creativity, even though few went in its direction. I wish it had more staying power or influence. Very cool album, though it dragged a bit at the end.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

There are some really strong tracks here; I really enjoyed things like "Regular John." "I Was A Teenage Hand Model" was... interesting, but it kind of meandered a bit. I listened to the reissue, and I think if I listened to the original I would have liked it more. It would have been tighter, and not all the chaff. I obviously had heard of QOTSA before (particularly the stuff from the radio and such) but the stuff on the album I liked I REALLY liked. I just wish the electronica stuff wasn't so noodle-y. So yeah, I will give 4 stars. Definitely a band I want to check more of.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Very groovy stuff

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Never really gave them a listen before. It was better than I was expecting and I listened to the whole thing. Nice discovery!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Rock. Muy bueno.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

I'm a long term QOTSA fan, but had not listened to this album before. Found it a little disappointing at first, but it repaid a few repeat listens

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

QOTSA are one of those bands that's been around my entire adult life and I've never really listened to them outside of what's played on the radio and going to one of their shows once. I've never been in love with Josh Holmes's vocals. They're almost too melodic against that hard rocking sound. But all in all, this is a really great album and I'll be listening to more of their stuff as well as going back to Kyuss.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

4.5/5. QotSA. Ofc it’s epic 😎🤘 (not as good as rated r or sftd or like clockwork doe)

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Heavy and filthy. Songs sound very similar to each other. Mexicola slaps

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

I've been a fan for a long time. It's not their best, I believe the two following albums are superior. This is sort of a Josh Homme solo project with a good amount of his previous band Kyuss's sound. Home is a good enough singer but it's the riffs that are the star attraction. Side note: it sucks that the original album isn't available on Spotify. The bonus tracks are fine especially The Bronze, but they make the album a bit too long

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Great disc, it's sounds like Foo Fighters jaja, but overall great

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

This is the sound of locking yourself up in a motel for the weekend with hookers and drugs. Sounds fun, but, it just turns ugly and you become paranoid. Would you do it again? No. But, are you glad you did? Yes.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Some songs too long

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Pretty good. Starting to appreciate more 'dad' alternative these days

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Dont know why I never listened to these guys before. Very good. Cover art 2/5

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

This was really cool, not so out and out commercial sounding

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

7/10. Pretty good, don't know why they have to end the album with an assault on my ears though.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

8/10 really good, but it's pretty annoying when the rereleases of albums intersperse the bonus tracks throughout the whole thing.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

I've always enjoyed them.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

My Queens of the Stone Age experience began with their second, "Rated R," and third, "Songs for for the Dead," albums. This is their debut. Written and performed by Alfredo Hernandez (drums) and Josh Homme (everything else) in the wake of their band Kyuss. Put in the Stoner Rock category. I definitely hear that but would just call it hard rock. Trance-like rhythm guitars and a grunge-like rhythm section drive these songs. This is basically a more raw and less guitar complex version of their next two albums which is fine with me since their next two albums are great. To say their lyrics are cryptic would be a generous use of cryptic. I would say most songs are about sex and some aspects of relationships but....again, this is classified as Stoner Rock. "Regular John" starts the album and is maybe the most "Queens of the Stone Age" song I've heard with its driving guitars: a definite rocker. Other song highlights, "Walkin on the Sidewalks" - three guitars, more heavy and grungy, "Hispanic Impressions" - impressive instrumental and "You Can't Quit Me Baby" - nice Stoner vibe, tempo changes. The style of Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA) has also been described as krautrock. I had to dig to hear that comparison; at first, I couldn't hear it and eventually listened to a Can album (not entirely bad). The kraut-rock aspects of QOTSA are the constant, trance-like groove and the addition of layered guitars as the song progresses. There are areas where QOTSA and Can don't match up but I don't think that has anything with krautrock. Anyway, a very good album laying the foundation for some great Queens of the Stone Age albums and songs in the future.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

It’s impressive to see how solid QOTSA was since the beginning of their career. All their characteristics elements are there, thou not fully developed, but can be perceived.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Why have I never gotten into Queens of the Stone Age? Better late than never.

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Sun May 01 2022
4

Great stoner rock - riffs, solos, weird subject matter and some amazing song titles. Best Tracks: Regular John; If Only; Mexicola

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Mon May 16 2022
4

I love the overall atmosphere of the first few QOTSA albums. The driving drums, fuzzy guitar, and Homme's vocal performance make for a tasty treat.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Bändi on kyllä saavuttanut jonkinlaisen klassikkorockin kulminaatiopisteen. Rouheaa jytää, 4/5.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Ah, fiilaan Kyussia ja tää on mukavan lähellä sitä. Tunnelma ihan mint aavikko ja hiekka. Tasaisempi kuin Qotsan hittilevyt.

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Tue May 24 2022
4

Pretty impressive. This was a great example of grunge. Sounds like it was late enough in the movement to benefit from a lot of different influences, and early enough that it wasn't yet cliche.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

These queens don't miss, I tell ya hwat boy!

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

The mere fact that this list includes the eponymous first album by Queens Of The Stone Age and NOT *Songs For The Deaf* speaks TONS about Dimery and his collaborators' shortsightedness sometimes. This one here is a good record, no doubt about that. But everything in *Songs For The Deaf*--the sound, the songwriting, the performances--is at least TWICE better in that later, far more legendary album. And even for a second slot in a ranking of the band's discography, *Rated R* is actually probably more convincing overall than *Queens of The Stone Age*. It thus seems that stoner rock here joins the other genres where this list is quite wrong (jazz, post rock, punk hardcore, post-hardcore, metal hardcore...), either leaving out key albums of said genres or just lazily quoting first efforts by a few famous acts without ever trying to dig further into the close future to highlight the real true gems in those acts' discography. Dimery and friends only really do so for indie rock and britpop, sometimes with a few bizarre choices that don't necessarily make sense in the light of those other blatant omissions elsewhere. I blame some sort of shortsightedness that's clearly British in its origin--the *1001 Albums...* book's writers are all British, aren't they? It's not that American critics are right all the time either. But being French, and from this particular point of view, I think that a middle ground could be reached so as to find a more balanced view of recent music history in a (mostly) anglo-saxon context. Of course, all those considerations couldn't be further removed from the contents of this album (and its kinky cover). This record here is a nice entry point into the Stoner Rock/ Desert Rock sound of QOTSA (or even other bands like that). Go listen to it if you don't know that sort of sound yet, and if you're interested in motorik highways, heavy guitar riffs, tales of desert desperados, and mellifluous vocals mixed with a few howling and yellings here and there... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 893 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 57 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 28 (including this one--*Songs For The Deaf* should be included *first*) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 23

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

Not my favorite QOTSA album, but it's still enjoyable.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Pure guttural rock

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

trur dette er det quotsa albumet eg har høyrt minst på

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

At first this sounded like basic 90s rock music-definitely stoner rock-but then the last track of the album really elevated the whole thing for me and made me go back and listen to parts of the album again. So hats off to I was a teenage hand model for getting this album from a 3 to a 4

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

Not enough to hold my attention but loved the sprawling feel.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Wish it would have been a later qotsa album, but I can understand this choice. I do like their newer stuff more, but this is still a really good album.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Yes I love this! Maybe I am a bit biased cause I listened to a lot of QOTSA growing up. But I just love this grimey-sounding rock music.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

I am a huge Kyuss fan, and really liked the more rockin' QOTSA albums. I am surprised that this is the only QOTSA album on the list, and especially given that it has been so hard to find, and made (frankly) little impression. But it is a bit of a transitional piece, with some recognizable Kyuss qualities (yay!) and a clear indication of where QOTSA was heading. Josh Homme's guitar and vocals are distinctive, and his penchant for a nice vocal melody make his work int he field of heavy rock stand out. I am really surprised that they chose this record over Rated R or Songs for the Deaf (which are in this mold, but also sold a gazillion copies, at a time when rock was not fashionable). 4/5 would recommend, would listen again, would buy.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

7/11/2022 - ALBUM #165 Today's Album: "Queens Of The Stone Age" by Queens Of The Stone Age - Queens Of The Stone Age is a band that I have heard held in high regard and their albums Like Clockwork and Songs For The Deaf being acclaimed as some of the best modern rock albums. Now from my personal experience, I turned on Like Clockwork a few years ago and flat out didn’t get it so I turned it off. Now, with hopefully a bit more of an open mind when it comes to music, I have to say I walked away from this album, their debut album, with a lot of excitement and eager to hear what they did next. Now, unfortunately I won’t have an opportunity within these 1089 albums to cover their later works as they aren’t included, but with how promising this piece was, I can only imagine scores in 8s and 9s for them. Now why is this album getting me so excited for their next albums? This album just has such a great sound to it. From the blasted out guitars that are mixed perfectly between the channels, to the crisp, clear, and at times insane drum playing, to the chunky and dirty basslines, the mix just hugs your ears from start to finish. From the starting riffs off of Regular John it’s apparent that this album is going to play around to what’s going into your ears. It’s such the case in fact that I feel like my second listen over headphones far exceeded the experience of my first listen over speakers because the mix is just built for it. The whole project just has such a great sound to it and the playing is so unwaveringly lively and full of personality. When this band is firing on all cylinders like they do on many of the highlights here, it sounds like the best possible mix of messy grunge aesthetics/experimentation and clean, almost alt-rock-esque songwriting. However, there are some moments on this record where it feels like the band isn’t cranking out their best stuff and the overall immaturity of the group starts to show. For instance, the track Walkin on the Sidewalks feels sort of off with these clunky rhythms and some bass and guitar riffs that are a bit too harsh to be replayed for as long as they do. Another track that’s a bit weaker than the bunch is These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For, which starts with a bunch of abrasive and random riffing that’s thrown around from channel to channel and once the song opens up, the guitar tone is just really shrill and piercing to the ear. It starts on the right channel and is somewhat of a cute addition, but as soon as you think it should be wrapping up, it spreads to both channels and makes the rest of the track practically unlistenable. I wouldn’t say all of the sub-pat tracks are necessarily bad, but these moments merely highlight the band exploring and experimenting with their sound and not quite having all the ins and outs worked out yet. Their batting average overall with this album is pretty strong with standout tracks like Regular John, Mexicola, and Spiders and Vinegroons, so the overall listening experience is hardly tainted by the tracks that don’t hit the ear as nicely. Overall, this album is full of kickass moments and some really well crafted songs, both musically and sonically. Although there are some moments that drag this record down, they mostly come across as a byproduct of this being the band’s debut project and only help to strengthen my excitement and anticipation for listening to their later works. Give this one a listen if you’ve heard of this band and want to hear an early and pretty raw demonstration of their sound. Highlights: Regular John, The Bronze, Mexicola, Hispanic Impressions, You Can’t Quit Me Baby, Give the Mule What He Wants, Spiders and Vinegaroons, I was a Teenage Hand Model Score: 7/10 Kickass debut album from a band that only went up from here

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Can hear the makings of early Alt-rock here will be another album I’ll be looking to add to my collection

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Drones in places, but overall great!

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Love Queens of the Stone Age, but never actually listened to this one. I started with Songs for the Deaf and have kept up going forward. Haven't spent much time listening to their earlier work, but that will change. Can definitely see how they have evolved over time while staying true to their roots. Some songs were a tad repetitive or not really ear-catching but for the most part, solid debut album.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

3.5/5. This is good. I didn’t know what to expect coming into this, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

Rated r is my favorite but this album rips. Over and over found myself bobbing my head to the next song. Will probably pick this one up next time I see it in a record store

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

sludgy guitar rock was nice but nothing special— the more experimental electronic bits take it from a 3 to a 4 for me

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

I like grunge but it wasn't that interesting

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Man this is some satisfying rock! This is another band that I've heard so much about, but i guess i heard one song i didn't like and just wrote them off. Plus the album cover is really creepy - don't want that to pop up in carplay in the minivan with the kids! Anyway, the crunchy guitar, I can't get enough of, and plenty of rockin' hooks and fun rhythms, just a clean sound that makes me want to be productive.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Terrible album cover, great music. Second best Qotsa record?

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Having this here makes me curious about the inclusion criteria for the book. Should QOTSA be represented? Absolutely. Is this an interesting album? It is. (The phrase "math-grunge" popped into my head for one of the tracks.) Should QOTSA be in the list more than once? Probably not, in my view. And is this better than Rated R or Songs for the Deaf? I'd find that a hard argument.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

more like stoned age

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

listened to again raw and unfiltered 90s rock

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

This is fuzz heaven. Great riffs delivered with raucous and distorted abandon. The vocals could perhaps be stronger, but it’s a really terrific first album by this group.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Love it.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

I hadn't listened to the 1st album, it was fantastic!

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

4.5/5. Only QOTSA album that I haven’t listened to yet, amazing.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Did not listen to this queens of the stone age album before, it was a bit more raw, but I liked it.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

I've been a fan of QOTSA for a couple of years now but for some reason I'd never listened to their debut the full way through before. Regular John, If Only and Mexicola are stand outs to me. Overall it's a very solid album, although some songs were a little boring in places. Definitely doesn't come close to ... Like Clockwork, but definitely an enjoyable album regardless.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Only ever listened to songs for the death before... Which is quality Really liked most of this too. Some towards the end was a bit different and experimental sounding but most of it sounded exactly how I would expect a qotsa album to sound.. Nothing new here really, which is no bad thing if you like their sound, and I do! Songs for the death is better though

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

As others have said it's not as good as SFTD but I did really like it. Highlights for me were "Mexicola" and "Regular John".

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Qotsa is always nice!

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

This definitely has "something" - I can't say I'm sure what.

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Tue Dec 06 2022
4

I can't really fully explain why, but QotSA have always kind of done it for me. I love the edgy, unique instrumentals combined with the kind of lazy, soaring drawl of the vocals. Hypnotic musical qualities permeate throughout with a fair amount of dirty post-grunge metal sound. What results is some kind of weird rock sound that is just slightly off kilter from the rest of what rock has. Nearly every track hits the mark here. This is another example of a band that tuned into their sound early in their careers; QotSA continues to push this sound in their music and highly succeed with it. They continue to be fairly unique, as well; this music was alternative when it came out, and it is still alternative by today's standard, never quite getting absorbed by mainstream rock sound. This album is also incredibly impressive when you further consider that only two band members put this together, one member playing drums and the other playing every other instrument and singing.

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Tue Dec 06 2022
4

i don't know what to really talk about in my review, partly because this is the first time i've listened to queens of the stone age for more than one song and because queens' style is unlike anything i have ever heard before. they createD such a unique sound. the instrumentals are amazing--the drums seem to always, always stand out, but the guitar is well done, too. they get a little weird at times, like at the end of "i was a teenage hand model" with static and other noise and it isn't always great. but on the whole, a great listen.

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Sun May 23 2021
3

Don't mind a bit of QOTSA, couldn't say they'll ever be my favourite band or anything but I always enjoy it. I don't think I've heard this album before, but so far sounds pretty cool. I want to give it a 4, but it'll probably just be a 3.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

6/10. Very early qotsa FT: Regular John

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

Real solid and shows the potential this band has, but not my favorite QotSA. The Josh Homme guitar tone is sick

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

I was really into this type of music back in the day, but listening to it now, it's clear that I just didn't know any better. This was okay. Best track: Regular John

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Tue May 11 2021
3

O.K.!

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Tue Mar 09 2021
3

It’s ok- they weren’t on my radar til No One Knows. I can see why.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Early QOTSA. Before the record I know, but still legit. They’ve always sounded very earthy and organic to me.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

I wonder if I'd like this without knowing what comes after it, because they get so very much better in subsequent albums. There's so much promise here, they just weren't quite there yet but you can hear it coming over the horizon. They already had such a distinctive sound. The potential is an interesting listen.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
3

Not like their later albums

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

not really my thing

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

Solid album, in regular rotation for me already.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

Too lengthy rock

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Sat Feb 13 2021
3

A good listen. I hadn't heard of singer Josh Homme before his venture into QOTSA but I found his music good to listen to. Though they're not as heavy a sound as I would prefer it still had an almost metal edge to it and I didn't mind that about half the songs on the album were under 3.5 mins in length. But I found the singing was a little underwhelming and soft at times. But the guitar work was pretty good and I enjoyed it for the most part.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

good stuff

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Meh

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

Not my favorite album of theirs

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

CTE opened for them when they were starting out, good listen overall

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

I like QOSA, but this album is not excptional

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

Good

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

I'm honestly not sure what to say or rate. Overall, it's likeable, nothing more.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

3.7

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

First song has a garage-type feel to it that I really like. Other songs starting to sound a bit more metal, but like pop metal you would hear on a mainstream alternative station. Not really something I’m totally into. Actually like the last song as well. It’s a bit more mellow.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

Good stuff.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

I had their second album as a teenager, and went through a phase with it. Never checked out their other stuff. This one has firmer roots in stoner & psych rock. But it's stripped back to the rock basics. Guitar sounds good. I always liked his voice and what I can hear of the lyrics sound intriguing. I prefer the bigger sound of the follow-up personally. Also massively not a fan of this trash album cover, but I won't factor that in.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

cool

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Crunchy.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Decent overall sound. Lots of crunchy guitars and bassy tones. Vocally there's not much there and it's a bit too long for my liking. Not bad though.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Good punky album, uniform feel, liked the vibe. Nothing special

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Some good songs. Some musical nerd stuff. Some duds.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

It's a good sound, but it gets boring pretty quick

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