Rated R review by Queens of the Stone Age

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  • Released: Jun 6, 2000
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (64 votes)
Queens of the Stone Age: Rated R

Sound — 8
This album has an almost perfect sound. Sure, it is produced very well, however, the range between clean and distorted sounds are a bit off putting, which is a real shame because it is just about the only let donw on the entire album. However, when it's heavy it can be REALLY heavy. Take the opening track, "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" for example. Down-tuned guitars playing non-stop. Fairly brutal.

Lyrics — 10
Josh Homme is a genius when it comes to lyric writing. Most of the lyrics are either drug or sex orientated, but they can be unbelievably witty and funny. "Nicotine valium vicodin marijuana ecstasy alcohol....c-c-c-c-c-cocaine" on "feel...summer" is genius. His voice is really melodic too and proves this on the falsetto tinged "Lost ARt Of Keeping A Secret." "Auto-Pilot" shows of the softer edge of his vocals.

Overall Impression — 10
This album is really good...awesome in fact, especially considering they were probably wasted out of their heads when they wrote most of it. The best songs are "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" and "Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret" However, my faves are Auto-Pilot and "Monster In Your Parasol." If the album was stolen, I would buy it, but I aint stupid enough to have it nicked. Please buy the album because QOTSA are an amazing band.

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