Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork (2013)

Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork (2013)

To be honest, I haven’t listened to Queens of The Stone Age since 2002’s Songs For The Deaf. There’s no clear reason for this, considering their first three albums easily catapulted them to my list of favorite bands. Since not hearing their last two albums, I can’t say with any certainty whether the band evolved into the new sound showcased on …Like Clockwork. What does seem certain, however, is that the album plays like a greatest hits of Josh Homme. Each song sounds like one of the many projects he’s been a part of over the years. Given the different bands he has been in, that is making for a pretty phenomenal record. …Like Clockwork feels less inhibited than earlier Queens of The Stone Age albums. Considering how prolific of a song-writer Josh Homme is, this album feels more natural. There is no formula being followed and, oddly, that makes this feel like more of a complete project.

The album opens up with “Keep Your Eyes Peeled.” With a super bass-heavy riff and a stoner-rock drone, it immediately hooks you in. It’s somewhat deceptive though, as this is reminiscent of Homme’s earliest work with Kyuss. …Like Clockwork turns on its heels with nearly every song. Yet, somehow, it collectively flows together so well. “I Sat By The Ocean,” the second track, seems to have an all-together different feel. The more I hear it, however, the more I feel it has borrowed the main riff of the first track, speeding it up heavily. These little things that are more and more noticeable really seem to be the glue that holds this record together so well.

While every track on …Like Clockwork deserves praise, “My God Is The Sun” is just so damn great. It truly is everything you would expect from Queens of The Stone Age. Cementing that fact is the very welcome guest spot by Dave Grohl on drums. The song is incredibly heavy, fast, and unpredictable as hell. Guitars, bass and drums all complement each other in the best way. Every instrument has unexpected moments of dropping out and coming back in full force. It’s the type of song only executed by the tightest of bands. And it sounds amazing.

Surprisingly, “The Vampyre of Time and Memory” and “…Like Clockwork,” the two very mellow, piano driven songs on the album are wonderful. It’s unexpected for this band to deliver this kind of tune, let alone do it so well. Each track thrives on slow built suspense, and they both do it so well. “…Like Clockwork” starts off as the slowest song on the album. Starting only with piano, strings, and a falsetto performance from Homme, it takes some very dramatic turns that are not only unexpected, but create an exceptional finale.

Each time through …Like Clockwork yields a stronger connection between songs, and a stronger appreciation for each one. It seemed difficult, on first listen, to believe that the band on this record is the same Queens of The Stone Age that I fell in love with over a decade ago. And there’s good reason for that: it’s not. The band has gone through many changes over the years, with Josh Homme being the only original member still in the band full-time. However, with many previous members stopping by to contribute a piece here and there, it feels like a bigger collaboration than ever. …Like Clockwork, more than any other Queens of The Stone Age album feels refined. It’s prolific, it’s very enjoyable, it’s even beautiful.

…Like Clockwork 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

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork, reviewed by Daniel G on 2013-07-11T06:46:25-07:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

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