Like Clockwork, the new offering from Queens of the Stone Age has taken it’s time to get here. The album features some great collaborations - Elton John and Dave Grohl, just to name a couple. It also features some interesting ideas that show us the amount of thought that has gone in to this album.
It demonstrates an array of different concepts and sound play in almost every track. I am very much a fan of the more subtle accents in songs; you know, that snare or maraca in a particular place, or a harmony that gives you goose bumps. I would say that there are moments like that ever present in …Like Clockwork.
So first off, I LOVE the intro, the tension before breaking into a very simple yet delicious drum, while the bass gives ‘Keep Your Eyes Peeled’ a very sexy feel that quite frankly turns me on, one of my favourite tracks of the record. The use of subtle percussion on this track is bliss.
I feel that the next few tracks all have something to offer ‘I Sat By The Ocean’ comes and goes and it’s pleasant enough, but nothing reaches out and grabs me. Josh’s vocals on ‘Vampyre of time and memory’ are very powerful and soulful at the same time. Combined with the guitar work the song provokes me to feel, and with it being music and all that is a great thing.
The next stand out track to me is the very beautiful ‘Kalopsia’ which starts with an incredibly peaceful and simply stunning melody. Josh’s voice sounds sublime but be warned it can lull you into a false sense of calm before it reaches up and bites your head off with the attitude I had been hoping for on previous tracks, with a guitar driven hunger and feisty passion before it lays you down softly back into the peaceful abyss you had so happily drifted into.
‘Fair Weather Friends’ is another great one, there are great guitar hooks, vocal melodies and drum fills that at certain times seem a perfect combination to make you wanna drum on your desk or nod your head. ‘Smooth Sailing’ has a great funk about it, Josh’s vocals remind me of Bowie and I love the attitude this track has.
…:Like Clockwork is a good album that will please Queens of the Stone Age fans, and although I myself am not a fan and find some tracks on here lacking, I will most definitely listen to a few songs on this record again as I enjoy the musicianship that has gone into them.
Buy If: .. You’re intrigued and enjoy listening to music that offers something a little more than obvious riffs and predictable songs.
Skip If: ... You’re not much of a QOTSA fan and would prefer to listen to an album where every single song is absolutely fantastic.
Best Track: Kalopsia
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