Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Kit Morris, contributor


Opening their third decade, QOTSA just delivered a monument of creativity — ambitious,
well crafted songs that are reverent to their pre-Kyuss seeds of inspiration, woven with an unexpectedly fresh modern production and fully realized arrangements that bring every player into focus as never before.

Synths are cranked with the guitars, basslines frequently take on a life of their own, and new drummer Jon Theodore’s authoritative understated grooves serve the riffs and hooks like a geneticist crossed Hal Blaine and Danny Carey in their lab and raised the beast on a diet of pure AOR. This is a band that could coast on fan service. Instead, they’ve challenged themselves and the payoff is a gorgeous nine-song epic, overflowing with melody and richness you might only expect on a greatest-hits playlist.

I can’t wait for the next one, but they don’t need to hurry because I’ll be listening to Villains.


Rating: 12 out of 12 cans of PBR!

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