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Written by Shantanu David
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Published: September 7, 2013 3:44:00 am


Album: Queens Of The Stone Age… Like Clockwork

Band: Matador

Price: Rs 520 (roughly) on Amazon

Rating: ****

There are instances,when the job of a music critic is rendered delightfully easy by the very nature of an album. The new Queens of the Stone Age (QOSTA) album,Like Clockwork,is one such occasion. The band’s sixth studio album after a spot of six years,the mockingly titled Like Clockwork,is haunted by a number of demons,not least frontman Josh Homme practically “dying” in 2010 and being introduced again to life by way of a defibrillator and long-time drummer Joey Castillo leaving the band abruptly. But it manages to shrug these off by enjoying to its energy and maintaining the listener riveted by its sheer mastery over its materials.

The first track Keep your eyes peeled begins with,actually,a rattle and the sound of glass breaking. Within just a few seconds,it breaks out in a machismo of drumming and a dirty bass line earlier than Homme’s attribute vocals spill out of the audio system. The subsequent observe,I sat by the ocean,is traditional QOSTA with layers of electronica in between grunge sound. The vampyre of time and reminiscence has hints of rock amid loads of piano and electronica,together with the nice previous Moog synthesizer. This is,maybe,essentially the most introspective track within the album with clear references within the lyrics to Homme’s brush with dying.

The album takes an upward swing with the following couple of tracks — the blues-heavy If I had a tail,and the declaratory My god is the solar. Meanwhile,Kalopsia,the sixth observe,is extremely distorted,with time lapses aplenty. Smooth crusing is our favorite observe — Homme effortlessly switches between gentle notes and menacing overtones,producing a excessive octane observe.

The album is notable for its star points of interest together with Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys,Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters,Trent Reznor,and the unique star himself,Sir Elton John (who jocularly remarked that the album wanted an actual queen in it) all,variously,offering piano,percussion,guitar and backing vocals. They come collectively for the seventh observe,Fairweather pals,making it one of many strongest tracks within the album,musically. Since Castillo’s departure meant loads of tracks could be with out drums,Grohl has achieved percussion for half the tracks. However,Jon Theodore of the now-disbanded Mars Volta has since taken over drumming duties,making the following album one thing to pay attention out for.

shantanu.david@expressindia.com

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