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The line up of Them Crooked Vultures reads as a fantasy for most fans of rock music. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (QOTSA) and John Paul Jones (Led Zep) have banded together to form the definition of a supergroup.
This is rock music at its very best at times - fun, vibrant, loud and at times even funky! You just know this was a blast to work on and its almost like three mates having a good time.
As with any of the guys in this bands its difficult to pick a favourite song from the album. Your favourite will change every time you listen - which is the beauty of the album. All three are amazing musicians who deserve more credit than they will ever get. Younger bands only wish they could play like this.
The main issue of the album is that sometimes its sound to much like Queens of the Stone Age. There are times when your about to change the song over and an amazing chorus comes into play (see Reptiles), which reminds me of Queens too much. Grohl should have sung at least one song maybe or more - but hey thats nit picking!
Tracklisting with Scores
1 No One Loves Me & Neither Do I - 9/10
Such a great song. Fantastic ending!
2 Mind Eraser, No Chaser 7/10
Nice to hear some gruff guitars but fades toward the end a little
3 New Fang 7/10
4 Dead End Friends 8/10
Listen to this in the car - great sound for the road.
5 Elephants 9/10
Rock to blues in 2 mins. Perfect
6 Scumbag Blues 7/10
Great song and adds variety to proceedings
7 Bandoliers 8/10
8 Reptiles 8/10
Its only ok till the beautiful sweeping chrous kicks in. Genius
9 Interlude With Ludes 5/10
Out of place on here and too haunting for my taste
10 Warsaw or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up 7 1/2 / 10
Grows on you each time you listen
11 Caligulove 7 / 10
Good song but not enough to make it a favourite
12 Gunman 10/10
Best riff i have heard in a while. Instant head banging guaranteed
13 Spinning In Daffodils 10/10
Beautiful way to end the album.
This is proof that the new generation of rock music still need to up their games to become anywhere near as good as the goliaths of rock. This isn't perfect by any means but it puts many of the current bands into the shade.
Released early November 2009, the self-titled debut album was one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year, the 2009 tour of the UK sold out in less than 12 minutes without so much as a single being released. Comprising of three of the heaviest hitters in rock - Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) & John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) - it certainly doesn't disappoint.
No One Loves Me And Neither Do I (5:10) -
You'd be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a QOTSA record here. Homme's distinct voice and riffs dominate the first 2 minutes of the track until a slick tempo change (featured quite often on the album) throws all the rules out the window.
Mind Eraser, No Chaser (4:07) -
Sounds like a track dominated by Grohl (provides backing vocals), it also features an awesome continuous riff throughout the song. Strange ending though! Second single to be released form the album.
New Fang (3:49) -
This was the first single released from the album. Cracking drum intro and catchy riffs.
Dead End Friends (3:16) -
Another track with a distinctive Queens feel and quite chilled out. Hypnotic drum beat throughout is the winner for the track.
Elephants (6:50) -
Incredible intro riff - easily one of the best songs on the album. Again the tempo is all over the place and it shouldn't work but it does! You can't listen without air-drumming along. The track was used in early youtube teaser clips before any tracks had been released - a good choice I think.
Scumbag Blues (4:27) -
Homme experiments with his range and we're treated to a little JPJ on backing vocals. If you hadn't worked out the pattern - another riff-laden track. A little forgettable though compared to the rest of the album.
Bandoliers (5:43) -
Unfortunately more forgettable than the last track. Enough said.
Reptiles (4:16) -
Great guitar riffs throughout and Homme voice is less distinct. Much more of a Zeppelin sound.
Interlude With Ludes (3:45) -
Strange one this, psychedelic is certainly a fitting word. It does work but absolutely kills any rush the previous tracks gave you.
Warsaw Or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up (7:50) -
You certainly get value - 7 minutes 50 seconds (!!) - I've heard shorter albums. As an added bonus it's a best song on the record. A foot-stamping, head-nodding riff-laden track and although very repetitive, you don't want it to end.
Caligulove (4:55) -
Thumping bass with a little JPJ on the keyboard. Not a classic but a decent track. Another bizarre ending.
Gunman (4:47) -
You'll be nodding along to this in seconds, there's something about this track that makes you want to dance. It was one of the early youtube pre-album releases and featured a dancing skeleton over Liam Lynch style (think Foo Fighters Times Like These video) green-screen backgrounds. In essence it's a dance track played properly!
Spinning In Daffodils (7:28) -
Very repetitive for the most part, like the rest of the album some good solos. A fitting last track.
Overall - it's definitely worth a listen if you're a fan of Zep, Queens or FF - or anything in-between. Certainly not short-changed at 66 minutes long either.
What do you get if you mix Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters and Led Zep? An awesome band, that's what. A band which has created a classic album within a year of being together. And a band who deserves to be listened to.
From the moment the CD rips into 'No One Loves Me and Neither do I', you know you're in for an absolute riot of an album. A simple and effective riff, Homme's trademark singing style and a fresh composition make for a great intro to the album. As the song reaches its halfway point, the momentum builds up reaching a crescendo which drops like an atomic bomb into one of the best break-downs you'll hear this year. The bass pumps, Homme rasps hypnotically and the guitar shreds beautifully. And this is just the start.
The speedier 'Mind Eraser No Chaser' has Grohl singing along with Homme in its chorus, and the transition between the two is blissful. The riffs are again so fresh and unique you'll be shocked. 'New Fang' sounds like it could happily fit within the latest Queens of the Stone Age album Era Vulgaris, but this is no imitation. The chorus is sharp and harmonic and delivers beautifully. 'Dead End Friends' comes into full force immediately, and the intro is arguably the best on the album. Homme sounds like he's searching new territory here, and it pays, with his rasping voice drawing you in and getting into your head.
'Elephants' is arguably the album's highlight, quickly moving between fast paced Queens-esque stages and slow, drawn out spaces which will have you head-banging in a trance-like movement. Homme sounds at his most insane here, hypnotizing you with his lyrical ambiguity while you relish the music which accompanies him. Likewise, 'Scumbag Blues' has some of the best guitar-work in the album, while the chorus is unexpected, attractive and pleasing in equal measure. 'Bandoliers' is an uncharacteristically mellow and melodic song, but no less pleasing than those which precede it, while 'Reptiles' really does sound like it should feature on 'Era Vulgaris', with an unconventional almost punk-like vibe. 'Interlude with Ludes' is a very strange song, and the low-light of the album, sounding more like a B-side to Lullabies to Paralyze than a fresh exploit like the others.
'Warsaw...' is another great song on the album, offering the best and most lengthy 'jam' on the album. The instrumental which kicks in around three quarters of the way in is a complete joy to listen to and is comparatively different to the other tunes. 'Caligulove' is another unconventional song with frequent tempo changes and transitions between melodic and hypnotic vocals. 'Gunman' offers the best riff of the album and could open the album despite standing near the bottom of the track listing. 'Spinning in Daffodils' is rather average as a song, and didn't blow me away like the others, but is enjoyable nonetheless.
In summary, this is a slick album which is everything you could expect to want from this new super-group. Hypnotic, loud, unique and refreshing, all at once, this album will be preying on your music play-list for months to come.
When I first heard about my idol Dave Grohl forming a new 'super-group' with members of two of my other favourite bands I was obviously very excited and pre-ordered the album. When it arrived I gave it a listen straight away and I have to admit I was a little bit disappointed as I was expecting massive things from the band. To me it just sounded like a new Queens Of The Stoneage album with slightly better drumming which wasn't what I was expecting.
There are some very good songs on the album though and 'Mine Eraser (No Chaser)' is an amazing song and how I was expecting the rest of the album to be. After listening to the album a few more times it did begin to grow on me as it is by no means a bad album but I was expecting so much from it that realistically it was never going to live up to my expectations.
Overall, a pretty good album, but one that could be so much better with the talent that all three members have. With all the media hype surrounding the band I was expecting incredible things which is probably why I am not totally satisfied with this album, but judge for your self as you may disagree.
This band are amazing.
Oh you want more?
Ok, the band consists of John Paul Jones (Bass guitar in Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (drummer in Nirvana and singer in Foo Fighters) and Josh Homme (Guitar and singing for Queens of the stone age) so straight away it is clear this is a super band.
What genre does this music fall under?
In my opinion it doesn't, if anything i would put it somewhere between classic rock and that of Foo fighters and Queens of the stone age, which makes sense if you look at the line up.
The sound is so different to anything i have heard before though, it is anything but up beat, Josh Homme's dreary voice complements the songs though, i couldn't imagine them sung any other way.
This band is definitely worth a listen, but i wouldn't say just once, as the music style is so different i would recommend playing there album a couple of times before you really make a judgement.
The best songs form the album in my opinion are Elephants and Gunman.
An interesting thing to look out for in there music is the change of tempo in a lot of there songs, it is sometimes easy to confuse the second part of a song for a new one completely.
A new 'supergroup' created by none other than Dave Grohl, who brought together Josh Homme and John Paul Jones (Queens of the Stone Age and Led Zeppelin respectively, in case you have been hiding under a rock). You would think that with these three bands in the members discography that you would come to expect a bunch of ego-driven musicians and yet their album doesn't read like that. They don't appear to be relying on this to produce a great selling album but have rather worked to produce a great album that they have done because they love music; performing and producing. I think that is what makes this album great - it was done for the love of music.
When I first heard about this band I was instantly excited. Dave Grohl going back to his drumming roots. Don't get me wrong I love the Foo Fighters; I just don't think anyone could argue against having Dave behind the drums. Not only that we have the one and only John Paul Jones on bass, the same one that was in Led Zeppelin. The only part that didn't fully excite me was Josh Homme on vocals and guitar having never really been a fan of Queens of the Stone Age - however that was never going to stop me listening to this band.
All three members work great together. Their styles have blended well together and have produced some great songs. Quite hard not to when you have these people in one band.
Among music lovers there was quite a stir about this band. Yet, as no one had heard of them people not so clued up still had no idea who you were on about. Before having released anything they had managed to sell out their tour in 12 minutes online (I ran a couple of miles to get one of the 9 remaining tickets left at the venue). A quick review of the gig was that it was amazing! Standing at the front right in front of John Paul Jones is something I will never forget. I went in liking the band to coming out being obsessed and having a new found appreciation for Josh Homme. I literally listened to nothing but their album for months after and at every point that I could. It makes only sense that I would come here and review their album then.
Picking favourites out of this album is hard. I think if I had to choose a few it would be 'No One Loves Me & Neither Do I', 'Mind Eraser, No Chaser', 'Scumbag Blues', 'Interlude with Ludes' and 'Caligulove'. However I love the entire album.
The full track list, is as follows:
1. No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
2. Mind Eraser, No Chaser
3. New Fang
4. Dead End Friends
6. Scumbag Blues
9. Interlude with Ludes
10. Warsaw or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up
13. Spinning in Daffodils
The album isn't diverse in styles and it is what you can come to imagine from the background of the members bands - hard rock with a good dose of blues. I don't think this is a bad thing, they are three succesful musicians each with their own style. You can't drop your style just to please people and they have stuck to what they know in this album. I think the most different song on the album, and one of my favourites, is Interlude with Ludes. It is technically a much softer song but its lyrics may be considered weird. My favourite line from the song, and the album actually is; "I know together we will make the possible, totally impossible."
No One Loves Me & Neither Do I provides the album with a great start and good sense of where the album will go and the rest of the album doesn't disappoint. With songs like "Scumbag Blues", "Gunman" and "Bandoliers" housing powerful, memeroable riffs the talents of each member gels together. I would say the weakest song on the album is Bandoldiers
With great riffs, a good balance of great drumming and the vocals of Homme and a sense of good old hard rock this is an album for those that like a good injection of rock with a dirty, sexy feel to it. If you like Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and/or Queens of the Stone Age then why haven't you listened to this album yet! And even if these bands aren't quite up your street yet you like a good bit of hard rock to satisfy your eardrums then you won't be disappointed.
The term "Supergroup" is being banded about quite a lot at the moment (excuse the pun) and Them Crooked Vultures is the latest uber-collaboration to be given this title.
Their debut, self titled album sees Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters and formerly Nirvana), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stoneage and Eagles of Death Metal) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) team up to produce what they describe a "kick ass jamming session" or to me, a blistering rock album that hardly gives you time to draw breath.
On first listening, this album leaves you a little puzzled. Is it more Foos, Led Zep or Queens? It is hard to tell but each bands distinctive sound can be heard to some extent.
The album begins with "No One Loves Me & Neither Do I" which shows off Josh Homme's smooth vocal and sounds like your average blues influenced rock song. However around 2 ½ minutes in, an amazing riff blasts into your ears giving you an insight into what is to come.
Dave Grohl goes back to his roots, taking a seat behind the drums rather than being the melodic, rock front man we have grown accustomed to. However his presence is very much felt, with electric drumming and his distinctive voice cannot be mistaken on backing vocals, especially on "Mind Eraser No Chaser" which definitely has elements of the Foo Fighters style.
"Warsaw" is a crowd pleasing mid tempo song that allows Grohl to indulge in some amazing drum time. It is almost 8 minutes long so you could describe it as a little too self-indulgent, but it isn't offensively so.
"Scumbag Blues" is very much homage to Led Zepplin with its funky sound and nifty little riffs, as is "Gunman" which displays some thumping keyboard action that you can't help but bop along to.
Throw in "New Fang" with its upbeat rhythm and catchy lyrics and "Elephant" with its solid rock beat and you have a pretty rocktastic album.
"Bandoliers" and "Spinning in Daffodils" are both more laid back affairs which will probably appeal more to those who enjoy more experimental track on an album and throughout, Queens of the Stoneage Fans will be pleased at Josh Homme's solid vocal contribution.
Personally, I would recommend this album to fans of any of the above artists as it will give you a taste of how versatile they can be while providing a slightly different outlook on their musical style. Given that they only formed in 2009, their years of individual experience is clear with a very well established album.
With so many irons in the fire you would think that Dave Grohl, once cited as the hardest working man in rock, would be jaded with the whole process but his drumming on this album is electric as ever. Josh Homme once again is a solid front man who is prone to experimentation while let's face it, John Paul Jones is a legend.
This album doesn't take itself too seriously which only makes the tracks that little bit more infectious. While it might not set the rock world alight, the enthusiasm for the musical style is evident from all three musicians and should be a great addition to any rock fans album collection.
Them Crooked Vultures are now one of my favourite bands, after it originally being Queens Of The Stone Age. This is all due to one man. Josh Homme.
This explains how, after several years of absolutely hating the Arctic Monkeys, I discover 'Humbug,' an absolutely brilliant album (I reccomend this as well). Obviously it's because of Homme.
What makes this project so much better, is the obvious influences from Led Zeppelin and Foo Fighters. I wasn't really a fan of either of these bands originally, maybe the odd song, but never enough to truly be a 'fan.'
So when I read on NME.com of the future supergroup withm members from all three bands, I didn't know whether to be excited or a bit worried.
Fortunately, after the about 100th time of listening to the 15 second snippet I was addicted.
They're litterally like a funkier version of Queens of the Stone Age and a more Rock version of Eagles of Death Metal.
My own personal favourites are Caligulove and Bandoliers, both you have to play at full volume to truly apreciate.
The album isn't exactly psychedelic but there are some seriously odd songs, such as spinning in the daffodils and interlude with ludes, both odd, but instantly listenable.
Overall, this album is definitely worth the listen, even if your not a fan of any of the members. Other than that this album is vital for your collection.
Being a Led Zep and Nirvana fan I just had to buy this and I am writing this review whilst listening to the album for the very first time. So here goes in track order:
#1 No one loves me and neither do I - Great drums and a solid rhythm with some interesting percussion going on in the background. More Foo Fighters than anything.
#2 Mind eraser, No chaser. - This has got Dave Grohl written all over it good song before it goes into brighouse and rastrick for the last 15 seconds - strange!
#3 New fang - Catchy song more in the Queen of the stone age (QOTSA) type of song. Released as a single.
#4 Dead end friends - This track has really got my feet tapping. The drumming is awesome. Just what you would expect from this supergroup.
#5 Elephants - Starts of with a guitar riff before the driving bass comes thumping in, speeding up all the while. Think the vocals let this track down a little.
#6 Scumbag blues - Interesting lyrics, no idea what they are about! Unlike any track so far but has a wonderful popping bass line which just hooks you in.
#7 Bandoliers - The guitar starts off panned hard right with the drums pounding out in the centre and all the fills coming from the left speaker. To be honest its the most interesting thing about this track. Obviously not my favorite!
#8 Reptiles - Wow Led Zeppelin have just turned up on this record. Love the 70's sounding guitar that pops in every now and then between the bonham'esque drumming.
#9 Interlude with ludes - Well you cant say you dont get variety with this album. "Interlude" is a psychedelic chant with its roots in the 80's. Sure takes Grohls drumming in a new direction.
#10 Warsaw... - Longest track on the album and an instant hit for me featuring the classic wah wah distored solo on the guitar. Never fails that one! Think "Doors" fans might approve.
#11 Caligulove - Keyboads as you would expect from John Paul Jones dancing on the top of solidly played rock. This is what I expected from this album. At times it reminds me of siouxsie and the banshees. Cant be a bad thing.
#12 Gunman - Instant foot tapper again using JPJ keyboards to intro the song into foot stomping rock. This is my pick of the tracks so far.
#13 Spinning in Daffodils - The last track on the album will be one that grows on you the more you play it. Again a solid track
Overall I would have to say that I expected a little more from this album. You can hear Jones influence but not enough in my opinion. Its almost like Grohl and Homme wrote the album and got Jones in at the last minute. Still I have only heard it the once and sometimes an album can just grow on you. I am hoping that this is the case here.
I love the Queens of the Stone Age but was initially resistant to the hype surrounding Them Crooked Vultures, I didn't really fancy paying over thirty quid to see band live before I had heard them play more than a fifty second teaser on Youtube!
However eventually I have got hold of this debut album, and there is no doubt that it is a very good rock album. At times it gets a bit self indulgent (do we really need the brass section at the end of 'Mind Eraser, no Chaser'??), and I feel that after a great first half, it does falter a bit towards the end. Stand out tracks are 'No One Loves me and Neither Do I', a funky start and then various changes of pace and style, a great opener) and I also like the subtler sound of 'Bandoliers'. 'Caligulove' is also a great track to shake your hair to, or tap your toe to in my case these days! At the other end of the scale I am really not a fan of 'Warsaw', overblown QOTSA album filler at its worst.
And I suppose overall that is my main question about this band overall - do they bring anything new to the table? I love Josh Homme's voice and it is his that you hear almost throughout - but is there anything about this album which makes it any different from a Queens of the Stone Age offering? Maybe I am a philistine and am thus unable to pck up the subtler nuances of Dave Grohl's drumming and John Paul Jones' guitar playing, but if somebody had handed me this and told me that it was the new QOTSA album, I would never have noticed the difference. So my advice to you is, don't be drawn in by the hype, if you like what Josh Homme does with his 'day job', you will definitely like this, but if not, you may end up being disappointed. Or alternatively you may hear this and be inspired to listen to more QOTSA, which would be no bad thing in my opinion.
Them Crooked Vultures are the newest rock "Supergroup" on the scene. I prefer to call the Queens Of Them Crooked Foo Zeppelins! Haha.
The band were formed in 2009 by the great Dave Grohl and here is the stelar line-up...
Dave Grohl from Nirvana and Foo Fighters on the Drums and Backing Vocals.
Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal on Vocals and Guitar and...
The legendary John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame on Bass and Keyboard. Quite a line-up I think you'll agree!
There was a lot of hype about the formation of Them Crooked Vultures and they even managed to sell out a UK tour in 12 minutes before anyone had even heard them sing a single note!
Them Crooked Vultures released their self-titled debut album on November the 16th 2009 and I absolutely love it!
I guess it helps that I am a huge fan of Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin and that might be why I love Them Crooked Vultures (TCV) so much! If you like any one of these bands then you will probably love TCV too!
This really is one of the best albums that I have heard in a few years! The band members work so well together and the sound they create is so natural and brilliant! It is very easy to hear everyone's influences in the tracks but as each of them comes from an originally great band, their influences are more than welcome!
There really isn't a bad track on the album and here is the track-listing...
1, No One Loves Me
2, Mind Eraser No Chaser
3, New Fang
4, Dead End Friends
6, Scumbag Blues
9, Interludes With Ludes
10, Warsaw Or The first Breath You Take
13, Spinning In Daffodils
... That's over an hour of quality Rock & Roll!
My favourite tracks are No One Loves Me (and neither do I), New Fang, Dead End Friends, Warsaw Or The first Breath You Take & the amazing amazing amazing Caligulove!
Josh Homme is the only guy that can make Dave Grohl sit behind the drums and with a voice like his it is easy to hear why! His guitar work is great and the lyrics are fantastic. Dave Grohl has returned to the instrument that brought him fame with Nirvana and when you see/hear him belting the hell out of that drum-kit you realise that's where he loves to be! John Paul Jones blends the two together with his faultless bass playing and brings an air of Led Zeppelin cool and swagger to the outfit!
I have seen this album in supermarkets for about £7.99 and it is available on Play.com for £8.95. Them Crooked Vultures is worth every penny!
The riffs are pretty heavy and if you are into your soft indie rock then TCV may be a little heavy for you. But if you like good old fashioned Rock & Roll then this is definitely the album for you. I can't help but playing this album over and over.
I really hope that this album isn't just a one off and that Them Crooked Vultures continue to Rock my ears with a few more inspirational albums in the future! Long may they live!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
2 Mind Eraser, No Chaser
3 New Fang
4 Dead End Friends
6 Scumbag Blues
9 Interlude With Ludes
10 Warsaw or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up
13 Spinning In Daffodils