Era Vulgaris review by Queens of the Stone Age

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  • Released: Jun 12, 2007
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9 (196 votes)
Queens of the Stone Age: Era Vulgaris

Sound — 10
In this album, Q.O.T.S.A have drifted far away from any form of average metal (like the tunes in songs for the deaf) and have instead, chosen a much more unique path. The album is still complete with it's high, haunting, slidy solos and harmonic bass and guitar rhythms but the sound has changed dramatically. The overall sound is a lot more groggy and, in a way, depressing. But don't let this put you off! Queens are as rocky as ever in a catchy as well as melodic way with lots of separate little sounds building up a mass of strong music. There is good variation between the songs meaning you don't get bored by the end, including very slow 'beautiful tunes' like 'make it wit chu' as well fast, heavy tunes with crazy solos like '3's and 7's'. Overall a fantastic and unique range.

Lyrics — 10
Josh Homme returns as the amazingly melodic singer. The lyrics are, as always, quite hard to make out, but they do a more important job of adding an extra outstanding melody line over the top, generally giving the music a lot more depth. Josh is probably one of the best singers in rock music.

Overall Impression — 10
This is definitely in my top ten albums of all time. There's a lot of depth to it and although it can be hard to listen to at first, the more you listen, the more amazing it gets. 3's and 7's as well as Turnin' on the screw (check out my bass tab) are fantastic rocky tunes and make it wit chu is just as stunning but in a completely different way. These songs are the obvious highlights but the other songs are a lot more interesting. The only bad point is the overall sound gets a bit depressing towards the end but Q.O.T.S.A do the mood so well so it would be a shame without these songs. If I lost this album I'd definitely buy it again, no matter how expensive, it's just that good.

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    stumaster18 wrote: wow this album blows chunks compared to their other ones. Make It Wit Chu is the worst song I have ever heard.
    homme plays everything, from and including Kyuss era, through either bass amps or similar gear
    No he hasn't done that since "Gonna Leave You". This albums ok but they've gotten worse as Homme gets more confident. On QOTSA he almost hummed sheepishly.