QOTSA '...Like Clockwork': First Impressions

The first review of QOTSA's hotly anticipated new record is in, and it says the album sounds very special indeed.

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The first review of Queens Of The Stone Age's new album "...Like Clockwork" have been posted online, and according to the five-star review, it sounds great.

Antiquiet's Johnny Firecloud was the first journalist to get his mitts on the hotly anticipated new record, which has been in production for years after a difficult period for frontman Josh Homme.

Firecloud says the new record is more real, direct and raw than previous QOTSA releases in terms of production and composition. In typically verbose fashion, Firecloud describes the album as "a trip of honest fragility bleeding through deeply layered textures and harmonies, a pendular swing volleying between forlorn vulnerability and fire-christened renewal."

The album features a roster of super-musicians from all corners of the rock world, from Dave Grohl to Elton John, but Firecloud notes that their appearances are blended neatly into the surroundings rather than being given a spotlight; "there are no 'take it away Elton!' moments ... the glitter-s--tting rolodex of contributors on the album is a gathering of threads weaving through a tapestry, rather than ropes of highlighted selling-point rock embroidery," he says.

Singer Josh Homme has previously stated that this album is a real-time document of the dramatic highs and lows over the past year, and Firecloud says this shines through in the sound of the record. "These are the sounds of fighting demons in real time," he notes.

Queens of the Stone Age "...Like Clockwork" tracklisting:

01. Keep Your Eyes Peeled 02. I Sat By The Ocean 03. The Vampyre Of Time And Memory 04. If I Had A Tail 05. My God Is The Sun 06. Kalopsia 07. Fairweather Friends 08. Smooth Sailing 09. I Appear Missing 10. ...Like Clockwork

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    Kind of bummed out they only have 10 songs in it but I bet the other 8 will sound just as badass, if not more.
    It's probably not gonna be a very long album 'cos they don't write Dream Theater-esque 20 minute juggernauts, but a bunch of their records do feature several 6-7 min. jam tracks which are usually awesome Personally, I don't really care how long their tracks are -as long as they're good- but a good QOTSA live show ideally features a wide selection of tunes that showcases their stylistic diversity
    Personally, I've loved both the tracks they've put up so far. So for me, as long as the whole album kicks ass, I don't want them to push for a track or two more just to have more songs.
    Their other records were padded with bonus tracks. Apparently Song for the Deaf is actually the last track on SFTD and then Mosquito song and that Kinks cover are bonuses. Same with Like a Drug, Running Joke etc etc. None of that this time, so it's completely psychological
    They're somewhat lengthy songs for QOTSA, I think the shortest is like 3:30, but they tend to hover between 4 and 5 minutes. I think you'll get your money's worth.
    Sammy Mantis
    "a trip of honest fragility bleeding through deeply layered textures and harmonies, a pendular swing volleying between forlorn vulnerability and fire-christened renewal." Uh...What?
    Glad its looking like a good album but by god I hate these sorts of reviews. Its just an excuse for the author to try and sound clever with huge sentences that have little relevance to the actual content.
    To an extent, I agree. It is a bunch of pretentious bull****, and masterbation with a keyboard. However i can't complain that it ramped up my excitement for the album, and gave me a real good, descriptive idea of what to expect
    Yessss. I'm usually a metal guy, but this album looks like it's going to be the best one in 2013.
    And their first really good one in 11 years. F*ck yeah!
    I'd definitely say Lullabies to Paralyze and Era Vulgaris were really good. Maybe they weren't perfection like Rated R and Songs for the Deaf, but cut em a brake
    I actually prefer Lullabies to Rated R. I thought it was more focused, and it has a certain haunting feel throughout that isn't quite replicated on other albums. It's a completely different album, though; you can't listen to it expecting it to sound like Rated R, or yeah, you'll be disappointed. It was a period of evolution for them. As for Era Vulgaris, I have trouble looking past the shitty production.
    each album has had its own feel and charm and are distinctive and stand alone from each other so I suppose its really down to personal preference, I love the self titled album and rated R personally, but they do seem to deliver kick ass albums every time
    They werent even near the quality that the previous albums had. Im not calling them bad albums in general. Just bad for being QOTSA.
    Actually Sick,Sick,Sick is my favorite QOTSA song ever and I've heard a lot of their songs so yeah.
    The reviewer can suck balls, pretentious ass. Who talks that way, really??? That doesn't make any musical sense. If this guy would review Stairway, can you imagine the crap that could come out?
    Reviewers of any medium tend to flaunt their vocabulary. Personally, I enjoy it - it makes the review actually somewhat fun to read, rather than just informative.
    Actually, the review renewed my faith in the English language. It was eloquent and well-crafted. Something that seems to be disappearing in the age of the tweet
    Tell me about it! It wasn't hard to understand in the slightest. I might check that website out now.
    Need to hear the album in full to decide on the newest two tracks, love My God is the Sun and what's been released of I appear missing. They've always been an album band though really.
    So Elton doesn't sing on the album? :-( I'm still pissed that he guest starred and sang on that damn Fall Out Boy album. All that talent gone to waste.
    Eh. I think he's earned the right to do whatever the **** he wants at this point. Even if it includes guesting for shitty tween-rock bands.
    Really like "Sat By The Ocean", think "Tail" is going to have to grow on me...
    I felt the opposite way. Really digging the strange bass sound and the chorus in "If I Had a Tail"
    Where are you hearing these other songs?!
    Nevermind I found the bootlegs on youtube. "Sat by the Ocean" was pretty good, it really had a "Slow Ride" type groove to the verses. I wasn't blown away, but I'm sure it will grow it on me. "If I had a Tail" was funky as hell, somewhat of a similiar feel as "Make it witchu". Cant wait to blare that one out my car windows
    "Firecloud describes the album as 'a trip of honest fragility bleeding through deeply layered textures and harmonies, a pendular swing volleying between forlorn vulnerability and fire-christened renewal.'" o.O I didn't think it was possible for me to be more excited about this, but I am after reading that.
    reading his descriptions of the album, all I can think of was that Dennis Miller joke in Family Guy