A rock supergroup – Josh Homme (QOTSA, Kyuss), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and John Paul Jones (Led Zep) which is for all intents and purposes the next QOTSA album (Dave Grohl drumming on the excellent ‘Songs For The Deaf’ album in 2002).
I first heard the album on the band’s website when they streamed it a week before release and straight away got addicted to ‘Bandoliers’ – it’s the riff as well as the amazing drumming and structure of the song (it breaks down to then come back with Josh shouting ‘Just to let you know, this is goodbye’) and it reminded me of ‘You Can’t Quit Me, Baby’ from QOTSA’s debut album. When I bought the album on the Monday ‘Scumbag Blues’ followed (with another excellent Homme-style riff) and now so has ‘No One Loves Me & Neither Do I’ and a few others are joining them.
It’s hard to review an album you’ve been looking forward to for ages in an objective way, so I’m going to compare it to ‘Songs For The Deaf’ and ‘Lullabies to Paralyze’ which were albums that I got lost in for months and would give 5 on 5 to, despite some shallower moments.
I’m going to give it a 4 on 5 for now, but with an option to reassess in a few months!
Listen to it on their website: http://www.themcrookedvultures.com
Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones
Released – 16th November 2009