Queens of The Stone Age - Era Vulgaris - 2007 Volatile Alt Hard Rock - Sealed 3x10"
Queens of The Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
Label: Ipecac Recordings IPC-091, Interscope Records IPC-091, Rekords Rekords IPC-091
Format: 3 × Vinyl, 10", Album
Released: Nov 2007
Style: Alternative Rock, Stoner Rock, Indie Rock
A1 Turnin' On The Screw 5:20
A2 Sick, Sick, Sick 3:34
B1 I'm Designer 4:04
B2 Into The Hollow 3:42
C1 Misfit Love 5:39
C2 Running Joke 2:57
D1 Battery Acid 4:06
D2 Make It Wit Chu 4:50
E1 3's & 7's 3:34
E2 Suture Up Your Future 4:37
F1 River In The Road 3:19
F2 Run, Pig, Run 4:40
Latin for "common era," Era Vulgaris holds a pair of common threads with the four Queens of the Stone Age records that preceded it. One, it crosses colossal guitar chords with the most volatile of hard rock melodies. And second, it's as LOUD as loud gets, thanks to Josh Homme, the impatient instigator behind the ever-evolving cast of personalities that make up the band. Detonation comes with track one, as the jagged riffs of "Turning on the Screw" lead the listener into "Sick, Sick, Sick," where Julian Casablancas spews his vocals beneath a wall of multi-guitar catcalls.
Although the head Stroke will likely garner the most attention, perpetual Queener Mark Lanegan's velvety pipes earmark two of Era's most booming selections: the funky "Make It Wit Chu" (complete with Temptations-like backing vocals) and the heart-racing three minutes of "River in the Road." Add the garage rock of Homme's "3's & 7's" and "Suture Up Your Future," easy pickings for most likely crossover hit, and Era Vulgaris-- hypnotically and explosively common--holds its own with any in the QoTSA discography
Era Vulgaris translates to the Common Era, but there is nothing common about the latest album from Queens of the Stone Age. Joshua Homme's band of gypsies return with their fifth full-length release from the seminal desert rockers and they are out for blood with guitars slung low. Era Vulgaris delivers riffs heavier than a slab of Stonehenge and more infectious than The Black Plague, vocals as smooth as molten lava and infused with sex, danger, and the sound of a band possessed to deliver rock music to a new epoch.
Produced with the help of longtime collaborator, and Masters of Reality genius, Chris Goss, QOTSA give birth to eleven tracks that will enter your bloodstream and transform your Dr. Jekyll into a Mr. or Ms. Hyde. QOTSA and R got you hooked, Songs for the Deaf made you scream for more, Lullabies to Paralyze blew your mind and June 2007 marks the dawn of a new, loud era: Era Vulgaris.
The opening track "turn on the screw" sounds like a clash of a zeppelin riff with a vocal phrasing not far from the beatles "tax man"
The start of this the fifth studio album by Joshua Homme and the queens
former keyboardist Natasha Shneider's Russian influence may very well be in play on the infectious gypsy gallop and sound on the standout later track "river in the road" different and could be my favorite track
other favorite tracks is the catchy "3's and 7's" with it's "little sister" catchy sensibilities
"Misfit love" is a winding epic starting with a creeping dark opening
till it meanders through some slow changes till it reaches it's end chorus
would have preferred "dead in love" if they were to pull something from desert sessions
but they still do a great job with there actual pick the quirky
"wanna make it chu"
lead single "Sick, Sick, Sick" is almost lugheadish but it grew on me
"I'm designer" is crafty and not without a sense of humor
it's chorus is remeniscent of the foo fighters
"Into the Hollow" is very moody Queens through in through
even with Joshua's trademark falsetto
and some tasty slide playing
No weak tracks on this one, perhaps the bands most consistent album
well maybe since Rated R
also another album where one should practice patience
The queens can be awkward to get your head around at first
but that makes it all interesting once you come round to it
a great album once again
Queens Of The Stone Age - Turnin' On The Screw
man that riff is a monster.
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Queens Of The Stone Age - Sick, Sick, Sick
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Queens Of The Stone Age - 3's & 7's
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