Rated R - Queens of the Stone Age
Rock & Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Interscope - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 12/06/2000 - 606949068325
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Review of "Rated R - Queens of the Stone Age"
[i]Rated R[/i] is the second album from rock band Queens of the Stone Age, released in 2000. Prior to this album, the band hadn't received a great deal of mainstream success with their eponymous debut. Essentially, this album would greatly help the band achieve heavy popularity due to their three hit singles: "Lost Art of Keeping a Secret", "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer", and "Monsters in the Parasol."[i]Rated R[/i] stands as an incredible album from start to finish. Most, if not all the lyrical themes on this album relate to the use of drugs, alcohol, and other shady experiences. "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" is a perfect way to open up this album; with a catchy repeated lyric of "Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol", it makes for a simple yet effective foot-tapper. In a way, this song sets the scene for what is to come.
"Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" is another highlight. Musically, the song is quite simple in its execution, but it is undeniably catchy with its fluid guitar riff and intermittent chimes heard in the background. "Leg of Lamb" has more of an art-rock gist to it, with a ringing guitar riff over top of a main riff. "Better Living Through Chemistry" is definitely one of the greatest songs displayed here, though; starting off with a meditative, icy guitar riff, the song graciously flows at its own pace. The interlude is simply amazing, though, and quite possibly one of the best bridges/interludes the band has ever produced. "Quick and To The Pointless" is well, ridiculous, as the song probably suggests. Nick Oliveri takes the floor on this one, and he by no means disappoints. Oliveri, in my opinion, adds a ballsy and hardcore approach to QOTSA, and this song is a fine example of what this madman can do.For me, the most sentimental song presented here is, without question, "In the Fade". This is quite possibly my favorite song of all time. The whole track paints us a vivid picture of pain and regret, and Lanegan's voice/lyrical definitely reinforce this . Starting off with few blurry, simple guitar chords, the song gradually unfolds and we are hit with a very morose, hard-hitting chorus: "Ain't gonna worry/Just live till you die/Wanna drown/With nowhere to fall in the arms of someone/There's nothing to save I know/You live till you die." The chorus eventually explodes with a very emotional guitar solo- simple yet gripping, with a backing vocal of "Live Till you Die/I know". Lanegan's voice here is incredibly vulnerable, yet somehow hopeful in his execution. The song is vulnerable yet somehow hopeful and confident.
Oliveri, yet again makes a bold statement with the fiery "Tension Head", which quickly turns into a musically violent tornado; the riff is very heavy, and his screams are downright sinister to say the least. Definitely the heaviest song here. "I Think I Lost My Headache" is a brilliant closer, too. The riff is very meandering and woozy, similar to the sensation of being drunk or experiencing a hangover. The song takes an unexpected 180 though; the outro is compromised of overbearingly noisy horns and continues that way for well over 2 minutes. Brilliant way to end the album.Overall, this album is very accessible and definitely one of their best. 90% of this album is made for fun; a roadtrip album, if you will. [i]Rated R[/i] is a very consistent offering from the rockers; it's also one of 2000's best. Imagine a summer night out spent with your most beloved friends, drinking, partying, not having a single care in the world. This is [i]Rated R[/i].
Product Information : Rated R - Queens of the Stone Age
Manufacturer's product descriptionRock & Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Interscope - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 12/06/2000 - 606949068325
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