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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Queens of the Stone Age / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2002-08-22 at Polydor Group

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      16.01.2013 13:52
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      A must have rock album

      Rattle and Homme

      Queens of the stone age, or QOTSA as they tend to be abbreviated are what's called a stoner band. It doesn't mean they're all on the ganja, rather that it's a mix of psychedelic rock, blues and metal. Songs for the deaf (2002) is by far their most successful work to date.

      Formed in Palm desert, California by Josh Homme (Vocals, lead guitar), the lineup has changed much throughout the band's history. At this point in time, Nick Oliveri was the bass player. A strange, bald fella with a long wispy beard and a habit of playing stark naked on stage, something he found that even the Brazilian police wouldn't tolerate.

      Joining in on drums was ex-Nirvana-ite Dave Grohl. Natasha Shneider and Alain Johannes filled in on keyboards and rhythm guitar. Mark Lanegan gets to sing a few tracks. Together, they would make one of the best rock albums of the decade.

      Zy pet gote

      Not only does Songs for the Deaf contain some thumpingly great tracks, the two best songs on here would be accompanied by two of the greatest rock videos I've ever seen. First we have possibly the only hard rock song that goes "oompah oompah" and manages to be absolutely cool. Ladies, gentlemen, I give you No one knows.

      Name me another music video that has a vengeful stag beating up and kidnapping the guys that ran it over, before mounting their severed heads over its mantelpiece and you can call me Susan. The lyrics are plaintive, the drums get pounded manically and there's a great bassline to accompany Homme's lead work.

      Can't get any better? It can, though not by much. Go with the flow is a deceptively simple song running at breakneck speed. Cool little licks, slides and bends run throughout. If you're not nodding your head or tapping your feet by the midpoint, you'd best check your pulse. And the video, ye gods. The video. Take a dose of mad max (minus closet racist) , add a touch of 70's Psychedelia and garnish with racing sperm. No. I am not joking.

      Other album favourites for me are Another love song, Do it again, Hanging tree and the strange magnificence of the Mosquito song. It's hard to label the album as a rock album, because it's more than that. You may love the other tracks that I've not mentioned more than the ones that I have. But there's enough depth to it that you'll find yourself coming back to it time and time again.

      Et Summurandum

      This is a great album, and arguably the most accessible of the few that they've released. The tracks aren't as barking mad as (for instance) Monsters in the Parasol or Burn the witch, and that's all to the good if you're trying QOTSA for the first time. Nothing's worse than buying an album on the strength of one song to find out you hate all the others (cough - Surfer Rosa - cough). That's not a risk you run here.

      Homme is habitually protective of his own guitar sound, achieved by making heavy use of weird guitars and strange tunings (C-standard being a common one) . He's managed to make this "voice" work well. Nothing really sounds quite like it.

      Available for under £7, this is a sound investment (groan)

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        13.09.2010 14:57
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        One of the best rock albums of the past decade

        Songs of the Deaf was released in 2002 and was the bands third studio release. This is one of the bands heaviest albums to date and its also one of the best. There is the great story accompanying this album where a bunch of deaf people went to a QOTSA gig because they thought it quite literaly thought it was songs for the deaf and hard of hearing!

        The album geatures 16 tracks in total with 2 being exclusive to the UK. The tracklist is as follows:

        1 You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire
        2 No One Knows
        3 First it Giveth
        4 Song For The Dead
        5 The Sky Is Fallin'
        6 Six Shooter
        7 Hanging Tree
        8 Go With The Flow
        9 Gonna Leave You
        10 Do It Again
        11 God Is On The Radio
        12 Another Love Song
        13 Song For The Deaf
        14 Mosquito Song
        15 The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret (Bonus Track)
        16 Everybody's Gonna Be Happy (Bonus Track)

        As said before this is a heavy rock album but not heavy enough that you can't hear anything. there are alot of standout tracks on this album in my view. As usual with QOTSA there is a diverse selection on offer here. None One Knows is a stand out track with a catchy guitar riff and vocals. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvarna (and he's in pretty much every other band - he's also in Them Crooked Vultures with Homme!) does guest drums here and does an amazing job. Go with flow is a great song with is driving guitar and catchy sound which goes at the speed of light. Every song is strong here though and quite simply a joy to listen to.

        There is a lot of songs on here which you will love and hate in equal measure as you will go through phases of loving each song on the album and then you don't like it as you listened to it way too much.

        Theres almost too much quality on offer here to take in on first, second or even third listening - how many albums of the past decade do that?

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        06.01.2010 15:23
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        The best album by QOTSA, every song is worth listening to. This is an excellent album!

        "Songs For The Deaf" is the third studio album from desert rockers Queens of The Stone Age. Released in 2002, this QOTSA outing features Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl handling drum duties, and boy, was it a good idea. Grohl's drumming really brings something to each of the tracks. The complex drum beats twinned with a thumping bass and heavy electric guitars really does compliment each track.

        The album features excerpts from a radio station franctically being tuned in to a car, giving the listener the idea that this an album perfect for a long car journey.

        The track listing is as follows:

        1. "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire"- Immeditately you can hear what has now become the familiar Queens Of The Stone Age sound. A loud, shouting rock piece that is accompanied by heavy guitars and solid drumming. Short, sharp and snappy. An excellent introduction to the heavy rock that follows.

        2."No One Knows"- This is one of the albums singles. The drumming is absolutely amazing in this. Josh Homme's voice is perfect for the sound of this, and the guitar solos really add to the feel of the song. A perfect song to headbang to if thats your thing!

        3. "First It Giveth"- One of the singles from the album, featuring what may be a reference to the Bible in the lyrics "First It Giveth, Then Taketh Away". One of the best songs on the album, very easy to end up singing along to, and as usual, the instrumental and vocals are top notch.

        4. "Song For The Dead"-My favourite song on the album. This song focuses more on the instruments instead of the singing. A very loud, "meaty" sounding tune which ends in such an excellent crescendo of crashing drums, guitar solos and a thumping bassline. Definitely worth a listen.

        5. "The Sky Is Fallin'"- One of the slower songs on the album, but still very heavy sounding. A sombre tone with lower vocals, but the chorus is what makes it; Josh Homme's higher vocals teamed with a brilliant guitar.

        6. "Six Shooter"-Not many people tend to like this track as much, but it really grew on me. Bassist Nick Oliveri takes over vocal duties and screams his way through the track. Accompanied with some very weird sounding guitars, this is a pretty bizarre song that you should grow to love.

        7. "Hanging Tree"- Quite a dark song, especially due to the subject matter [the title says it all]. Although I do really like this song, this is perhaps one of the weakest on the album in my opinion as it is not as catchy as the rest.

        8. "Go With The Flow"-One of the chosen singles off of this album, this is one of the best songs [and probably one of the most well known] songs off of Songs For The Deaf. I cannot help but sing along to this one, the melody is brilliant, and as usual Grohl's drumming really helps it along. Excellent.

        9. "Gonna Leave You"- Like "Hanging Tree", this is one of the slower songs on the album, and is not as in your face as the others. I may not choose to listen to this as much as I would on the more rockier songs on the album, but I love it all the same. The vocals [Nick Oliveri] are great, he really suits this song, but it is the guitar, especially at the beginning of the song, which makes this so good.

        10. "Do It Again"-Back to the songs that pack a punch. This one lets the drumming take a little bit of a backseat, as it is all about the guitars and the heavy bassline that is the standout elements of this song.

        11. "God Is On The Radio"- I think that this is the weakest song on this album. A little slower, although it still sounds as heavy as the other songs. The chorus is not as catchy as the predeccessors.

        12. "Another Love Song"- Quite a different sound than the rest of the album, but it still manages to fit in. A great song with a great range of vocals, and excellent instrumentals.

        13. "Song For The Deaf"- Once you have listened to the album through, I suggest listening to this after listening to "Song For The Dead." It is like the sister to that song. A little slower than "....Dead" but the instrumentals are fantastic. The lyrics are brilliant too, and this is perhaps one of best displays of Josh Hommes' vocals.

        14. "Mosquito Song"- A lullabye-esque sounding song, and a perfect wind-down to the album. Whilst the beginning of the album opened with a bang, this allows you to relax after the previous madness. Sombre sounding vocals which still fits the bands sound.

        This was the track listing to the normal version of the CD, but the special edition one also includes:

        15. The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret [Live]"- A great live version of the song originally featured on their "Rated R" album.

        16. "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy"- A cover of The Kinks' original song. A little faster and heavier than the original version, and a very catchy song. A great effort from QOTSA.

        Queens Of The Stone Age's "Songs For The Deaf" is an amazing, gritty slice of rock that will perhaps remain my favourite album for a very long time to come yet. I am able to listen to this over and over again without getting bored of it. An essential listen for any rock fan, this is the album that confirmed that QOTSA have what it takes to produce excellent music.

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        03.01.2010 14:10
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        A classic rock album

        Songs for the Deaf is my favourite album of all time, and the sure-fire masterpiece of desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age. It is aggressive, profane, ironic, and wonderfully performed. Although virtually every track is excellent, here are the stand-outs:

        No One Knows = the first single and their best-known song, this is a very strange song that has a hilariously memorable video. It has a wonderfully heavy chorus, but also lets the vocals and bass work shine nearer the end.

        First It Giveth = another strange tune that allows listeners to get accustomed their strange style, the song repeats "first it giveth then it take it away", although frankly I'm not sure what they're on about. All I know is that it has a great droning quality (causing even their own band to label themselves "robot rock").

        Six Shooter = a lot of people don't like this track because it's only about two minutes long, is VERY loud and distorted, and very aggressive. I like it, though; it is probably the weakest tune but it's nice to see the band can have fun as well as craft serious music.

        Go With The Flow = perhaps my favourite track, this is a song about not taking things too seriously and just rolling with the deck you are dealt. It has a fiercely unique sound while clearly having been influenced by Mexican music.

        The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret (Live) = this song is only on the Limited Edition CD, but it's worth getting it for. It is a robustly performed version of the song, and is one of their catchiest and more pop-esque tunes, while not afraid to be heavy.

        The Limited Edition CD includes another track, too, as well as an extra CD that has videos of the band performing on. This is my favourite album and is well worth checking out!

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          24.01.2008 00:33
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          Buy it

          What to say about this album. Well first off, buy it. Second, if you already have it, well done.

          Obiviously this is not the album for eveyone, however if you are even slightly into listening to loud music, or anything by the likes of Foo Fighter or Nirvana then you'll like this. I said those two bands as all three have had Dave Grohl in them. They do sound kinda similar.

          I bought this about 3 years ago in the summer. I had recently passed my driving test, and this was one album that was always in the car. Listening to the likes of Go With The Flow on a hot day with the windows open. I wish i was there now.

          It's an odd album as its recorded as if someone is listening to a radio, with a DJ telling you about the songs, and occasionally the static, and different stations being heard as the channel is changed. I just think this is a great addition when driving around. Not all the songs are great, but that comes with every album really.

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            14.11.2003 21:27
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            The Queens of the stone age new ablum ' songs for the dead' was eagerly awaited after their second, highly acclaimed, 'Rated R' album was widely known to be an original work during the 90s. The new album has a multitude of songs, with many of their recent singles (No one knows, Go with the flow and First he giveth) which have all done well both stateside and not so well in the UK featured in similar ways to the Resevoir Dogs OST, using radio stations to link from one track to the next. Overall a huge album, with josh Homme in fine form, Nick on the bass playing demon dwarf that he is, esp in the solos and the incredible dave grohl rocking the skins! A must for any rock fan!

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            Disc #1 Tracklisting
            1 You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire
            2 No One Knows
            3 First It Giveth
            4 Song For The Dead
            5 The Sky Is Fallin'
            6 Six Shooter
            7 Hanging Tree
            8 Go With The Flow
            9 Gonna Leave You
            10 Do It Again
            11 God Is On The Radio
            12 Another Love Song
            13 Song For The Deaf
            14 Mosquito Song
            15 The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
            16 Everybody's Gonna Be Happy