Released: Jun 6, 2000
Genre: Alternative Rock, Stoner Rock
Number Of Tracks: 11
"Rated R" (also called "R" or "Rated X" on vinyl) is the second studio album by American rock band Queens of the Stone Age.
frusciante_50, on may 13, 2008 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Sound: This is the second LP from Josh Homme's Desert Troopers, and it does not dissapoint. I personally feel that this is the most varied and unique output by Homme and co, as it captures the Queens sound that I hold so dear. It has the unique, heavy bassy Queens guitar sound, and is significant, as it is the debut of Mark Lanegan, and is the first time that Nick Oliveri plays bass on a Queens record. The cover of the album varies from version to version, and the vinyl was actually titled "Rated X". // 10
Lyrics: Homme is one of my favourite lyricists, and this is him at the top of his lyrical game. The lyrics to "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" are often criticised, but this only means that they are being looked at from the wrong perspective. Sure, they are repetitive, but that's the point. That song is a pounding jam, and what better way is there to drill something into someone, than saying it 25 times the brilliance continues, and the lyrics to "Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret" are surely the best written about sex to date. "In The Fade" is another highlight, and the lyrics are delivered with the trademark Mark Lanegan style, complete with eerie guitar, and a fade out into the reprise of "Feel Good Hit." Pure musical gold. // 10
Overall Impression: This is my favourite Queens album, and really steps the game up for Desert Rockers everywhere. The album is strong from beginning to end, and the placement of the tranquil "Lightning Song" after the heaviest track on the album ("Tension Head") is a slice of genious. It is an album like no other, and Josh and his various musical guests (he seems to have an open door policy, working with countless musicians under the name Queens Of The Stone Age) will have a hard time matching it. It fulfills Josh's dream of letting sex bleed into the music, and will continue to get people jumping and dancing for years to come. // 10
drevil814, on june 15, 2004 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound on this album is varied throughout the whole album, ramging from the trippy "Monster In The Parasol" to the tribal sounding "Lightning Song". If you like a varied style of music this is a good CD to find it, but then again so is Franz Ferdinad. Either one is great! // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics are good, but could have been better. Although the lyrics in songs like "Monster In The Parasol" fit the song well, songs like "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" are repitive and the "Lightning Song" has no lyrics at all, but thats what makes it different, and difference is good in this case. // 8
Overall Impression: Although not as good as Songs for the Deaf, it is still one of my favorites in my collection. I personally enjoy the songs "Monster In The Parasol" and "In The Fade". I love the overall variety of the songs. If it was stolen I would have to buy another if I had the money, seeing as how I'm usually broke. If you get this you shouldn't disappointed. // 10
unregistered, on march 11, 2004 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: 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. // 8
Lyrics: 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. // 10
Overall Impression: 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. // 10
unregistered, on march 15, 2004 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Their second album, noticably fueled by sex, drugs, etc., finds them going to unexpected and undefineable places. Is it metal, rock, some kind of wierd pop? Who knows. But anybody who listens to this will agree that this is one of the best and most creative cd's to come out of the 90's. The vocals, musicianship, songwriting, and sounds on the album are superb. Josh Homme is some kind of genius, to go from brilliant songs like "In the Fade" to the heaviest screamer "Tension Head" to the zeppelinesqe acoustic/bongo/piano instrumental "Lightning Song" and make it all flow and make perfect musical sense is an accomplishment. On this excellent sophomore effort from an excellent unclassifiable band, there is a song for everyone. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics kick ass, except maybe the lyrics on "Monsters in the Parasol" are a little strange, probably because I think it's about trippin'. // 10
Overall Impression: This Cd is Killer. You can see how they are making their own musical progression album by album. This one is a little softer than the others. But it still rocks hard. The most impressive songs are "Lost Art of Keeping a Secret", "Autopilot", "Better Living Through Chemistry", "In the Fade", and "Lightning Song", which is one of the best chill-out songs I've ever heard, it's just a shame it isn't longer. I'd cry if it was stolen. If you like rock and roll and your sick of numetal or unoriginal B.S. then BUY THIS CD!!! // 10
waffler, on november 07, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound of this album is, in my oppinion, the best of all the QOTSA CD's. It goes from loud, obnoxious metal to their regular desert rock sound. Josh Homme is a genius on the guitar, and Nick Oliveri is a good bassist. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics are pure brilliance. Some sing about sex. Most sing about drugs, but listening to these songs is like going on an adventure. The lyrics flow perfectly with the music. Josh Homme is an awesome singer, and Nick Oliveri knows how to be angry. It flows very well. // 10
Overall Impression: Queens of the Stone Age are a hard band to compare to others. They have their very own distinct sound. The best songs on the album would have to be "In The Fade" and "I Think I Lost My Headache." This CD is just a great CD. I never skip any songs while listening to it. If this CD was stolen, I wouldn't buy it again. I would find out who took it and I would take it back, maybe leaving him dead behind, just because this CD is so great. // 10
registered_user, on june 06, 2007 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: I was introduced to Queens of the Stone Age through a friend who was and still is a big fan of theirs. He first suggested to listen to Songs for the Deaf and with good reason as anybody who hasn't heard them can get into the songs on that album. I was actually hesitant to like them at first but I have since gotten over that and am now a big fan. Rated R is the third disc I've listened to by them (Lullabies to Paralyze being the second) and I am quite happy with it. Some might complain about the simplicity and repetetiveness of some of the riffs on the album but I think that that's what hooks the listener into such tracks as "feel good hit of the summer" and "monsters in the parasol". The album goes into a wide range of sounds with the heavier songs like "Tension Head" and "Quick and to the Poinless" and the trippier, more psychedelic songs like "Auto Pilot" and "Leg of Lamb" which help to define the band's genre as part "stoner rock". Overall, the bands sound on this CD is awesome and I wouldn't change a thing. // 10
Lyrics: There are two seperate singers on this album, the main frontman Josh Homme who does the bulk of the vocals and Nick Oliveri who contributes his own singing style of screaming. Both of these guys are awesome and I enjoy both of their songs immensely. Their singing styles are very unique and you can tell who is going to sing on a song before the vocals even come in. the lyrics in the songs range from very obvious drug references to girls and relationship references. Josh Homme is an excellent lyricist and writer. // 10
Overall Impression: I couldnt tell you which Queens album is their best because they are all so good. The songs that really stand out for me on this CD would be "Feel Good Hit of the Summer", "Better Living Through Chemisty", "Monsters In the Parasol", "Quick and to the Pointless", and "Tension Head". The range in both music and vocal styles on this album is wide and enjoyable to listen to every time. I would definitely buy this album if I ever lost it because it is one of my favorites that I have discovered in recent years. // 10
unregistered, on july 30, 2007 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Well I bought this CD two weeks ago and I have listened to it none stop. It's one those cds where it sounds amazing crusing down the highway blasting it. Well the Queens are labeled as stoner metal and I never heard any other stoner metal bands so I can't really tell you how they stack up against the other members of thier class but from all the bands that are out there today they are pretty good. The guitar is nice and low but not in your face like heavy metal, kinda laid back and smooth like the guitar is auctually stoned. The bass is nice and strays from the play along with the guitar that so many bands do. The drums are average most of the time but in some songs (In the Fade) they are flat out amazing. You would not notice it at first listen but if you listen a couple times you hear some wierd instruments. I don't know what they. But all in all the sound was pretty impressive. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics are very fitting to the music. The writer or writers have a style that you'll either love or hate. I loved it. I love how the lyrics fit with the music so well. I would tell you what I think some of the songs mean but they are just my opinions and the lyrics are so out their people will probably find thier own meanings to the songs. // 10
Overall Impression: I think the Queens of The Stone Age are a shining hope that rock is not dead as so many claim it to be. This band is basically fueled by three things, drugs, sex, drugs. I personally think their better than any of those bands you see on tv or hear on the radio. The most impressive songs on the album to me were In the Fade, Auto Pilot, Monsters in the Parasol, lightning song. I love how laid back the singers are and to be honest don't really hate anything about it. If it were stolen I would buy it back. But be sure to pick this one up, you wont be disapointed. // 10
Cobalt Blue, on august 17, 2007 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Like most QOTSA album's Rated R has many different sounds and styles. From hard rocking songs like (with guest backing vocals from Rob Halford) "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" to soft mellow songs like "Lightning Song" or "Auto Pilot" all the way to the screamy "Quick and to the Pointless" or even the metal sounds of "Tension Head" which happens to have my favorite guitar riff on the album. Metal, Stoner-Metal, Robot-Rock, how ever you want to describe the music on Rated R, all I know is I love it. // 10
Lyrics: Josh Homme's Vocal's and lyrics never cease to amaze me. He'll write cleaver lyrics on subjects from genitals, to drugs, to women, to even suicide. Even though the lyrics to "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" were probably written in about 2 minutes, it's just a fun song. But let's not forget about Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan's vocals on the album. these two always sound great and were definitely missed on 2004's "Lullabies to Paralyze." // 10
Overall Impression: Rated R is definitely one of my most loved albums, and a close 2nd to my favorite QOTSA album after Songs For The Deaf. To name favorite tracks on this album is very hard because they are all so good. If I had to pick I'd say "The Lost Art Of Keeping a Secret" & "Tension head" stand out. But that's just me. The track sequencing is also very well the album has a nice flow. If this album was lost or stolen, I would definitely buy it again. and if I went back in time and was unable to return, I would be the first person waiting for this albums release. // 10
rocknrollstar, on january 08, 2009 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Queens Of The Stone Age - Rated R. The second album from Josh and Co. On this cd we see some well knowen Queens songs. This album was a definte breakthrough for their career and its a fantastic sound. A wide variety of sounds from the relentless pounding of "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" (which includes Judas Priests' Rob Halford on backing vocals) to the eastern sounding instrumental "Lightning Song".Below I've wrote a little on each track and in brackets I have included who wrote each track.
01."Feel Good Hit of the Summer" (Homme/Oliveri): starting off with a very distinctive single note rhythm from Oliveri on bass, then the drums move with the rhythm in perfect sync, then the guitar kicks in as does the vocals with the main hook "Nicotine,Valium,Vicodin,Marijuana,Esctacy and Alcohol". Of course not for getting the "C C C C C Cocaine" this then continues into some crazy interlude with screeching guitars, then the reminder of the song builds up into a drug fueled drum pounding finale. Great opening track.
02."The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" (Homme/Oliveri): the biggest hit chart wise from this album was this song. Lyrically (as with most Queens songs I find) its either very obvious or completely vague. In this cause its quite vague although it sounds (to me anyway) about sex, and keeping a secret. Perhaps gossiping. It starts with where "Feel Good..."finished and it rolls into a rather haunting high song vocal perfomance from Josh with the line "Whatever you do/Don't tell anyone". Another great song, the touch of xylophone in the background makes it very atmospheric.
03."Leg of Lamb" (Homme/Oliveri): starting off with a drum fill and then a very odd guitar rhythm. It sounds almost alarm like. Complete with backing vocals from Mark Lanegan. I really can't say much about this song, it makes me feel very odd,it mentions walls caving so it sounds like a bad trip/paranoia to me.An unusual song but it works, not my favourite off the album but still a great song.
04."Auto Pilot" (Oliveri/Homme): first off,this is one of my favourites (if not the favourite) off this album. I very trippy vibe, repetitve (in a good way) drum pattern and some nice soaring lead work from Josh. Nick sings lead on this track. "We arrive in the middle of nowhere" is a lyric within the song that describes the song perfectly. I personally think its just about relaxing(with influence or not) and letting your mind wander. A great middle 8 breakdown with the guitar switching to acoustic, you also hear Mark again here doing backing vocals. It then goes back into the main chorus and slowly we come back down to earth. Fantastic track.
05."Better Living through Chemistry" (Homme/Oliveri): bongos,a distored guitar, distored vocals(ive also noticed the vocals are mostly heard in the left earphone in the beginning, with some noise in the other ear, I can only say the noise sounds like breathing) It then evens out with a long feedback passage, with some random bashes and almost horror film type sounds.Then the drums crash and the guitar picks up speed, with a haunting vocal "Ahhhh" flying above all this. A very odd song. Listening to it with the whole album is good but for standing itself this track doesn't do much for me.
06."Monsters in the Parasol" (Homme/Lalli): apprently wrote after an acid trip, this track first appeared on volume 4 of The Desert Sessions. Numerous QOTSA have came from these sessions so check these out if you haven't already. A repetitve hammer on the A, lyrically it seems to be about (you guessed it) monster and a pre - chorus of "She wont grow" with a very almost jazz like swing, then a build up into the chorus "You've got a monster in your parasol". The drumming is solid as is the guitar. Its very tight rhythmically and the lyrics again very vague and fun. Another high score for Queens here.
07."Quick and to the Pointless" (Oliveri/Homme): "I don't even know what I'm doin here". Spoken at the begginning and I ask the same thing. Start away it kicks in, a couple of handclaps and some very screamed vocals from Nick. This is definetly about sex, also includes females singing, "Im so old/Your so young" this pretty much describes the song. Its filthy fast rock. I love it.Every instrument on this track was recordin all at once, first take.
08."In the Fade" (Homme/Lanegan): again this is contender for my favourite track of the album. Mark Lanegan on lead vocals here.Lyrically this is one of my favourite songs ever, not just for QOTSA. "Live till you die". A very simple but effective chorus with great backing vocals. We even get a rainshaker on the "AND" beat of the 3rd beat. Great lead work,great lyrics,it picks you up,puts you down and then speeds into a reprise of "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer". This song for me is near enough perfection.
09."Tension Head" (Oliveri/Homme): first appearing under the name "13th Floor" on Cocaine Rodeo (Nick Oliveri and The Mondo Generator, Nicks side project at the time). Nick on lead vocals, its very crazy,hectic,fast and heavy.It's not a bad song, but its not my favourite.
10."Lightning Song" (Catching): inspired by Bjork (apprently) this really threw me off, incredibly random. A very eastern sound, very laid back and also very short, this to me is preparing you for whats to come. A nice mellow instrumental track. Writen by Dave Catching who has (and still does at points I believe) toured with QOTSA and The Eagles Of Death Metal.
11."I Think I Lost My Headache" (Homme/Oliveri): well, if your head wasn't screwed up it will be now. A whole 8 minutes and 40 seconds of offbeat headache mayhem. With eerie sliding guitars, Joshs' vocal performance seems distored to me (although with everything else going it could just be me). This track is about paranoia and is apprently Josh Hommes own personal favourite from the album. This really is a hard song to write about,it's very offbeat at times with a heavy riff which I can only describe as doom. It then turns into some crazy horn section which reminds me of something Frank Zappa would do. Its not my favourite on the album but its definetly a great way to finish.
A variety of different instruments,suprise reprises,easter influences on "Lightning Song",pounding drums,sometimes obscene vocal performances and a horn cadenza. What more do you need? // 8
Lyrics: With 3 different lead vocal performances were given quite a few different sounds, which in my opinion betters the record. Josh would have to be the high, eerie type sound which lingers around the earphones. Nicks vocals are usually crazy with him surely taking steriods before he peforms. Mark only does lead vocal on one track and backing on about 4 others. Marks voice is just perfection in my opinion, call me a fanboy but you can't a pleasing baritone. Lyrically it all goes well with the music, again as I've said before to me it's either really obvious or near impossible to figure out what the songs are about. Leaving the listener to make his/her own mind up, so I guess it's better.
It's far to say "Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, Marjuana, Esctacy and Alcohol" as a song line won't have Bob Dylan goin "dam why didn't I think of that" but it's catchy and will get in your head. As I've said before the simplicity of Marks line "Live till you die" really is a great lyric to me.
To really make up your mind though, it's best to listen yourself so you can hear the context of the lyrics within the sound. // 8
Overall Impression: Now of course we've all heard 3 albums since this song. All of which bring something new and different to the table, but still somehow keep a familar sound. This album is where we see Queens really begginning to find their sound which they would be defined by. To me this album is easily up there with the likes of "Songs For The Deaf" and "Lullabies to Paralyze". Although to be fair, I recommend listening to them all one after the other, it's almost like a series.
For me the most impressive songs are "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer", "Auto Pilot","Monsters In The Parasol","Quick and To The Pointless" and "In The Fade". I loved all these tracks amensly and the way the album flows from song to song is superb, it's something the Queens seem to have nailed, whereas some bands ruin good albums, purely because of song order.
"Better Living In Chemistry","Tension Head" and "I Think I Lost My Headache" to me are the weakest tracks. That being said they are nowhere near bad, it's just my personal opinion. I think the said songs drag on a little but if I'm listening to the album all the way through, it doesn't usually bother me as much.
If I lost this album I would be really sad, I got it for 5 quid when I just turned 16 and have had it for nearly 2 years now. I'd highly recommend this album as well as any other QOTSA album. I'd also say checking out "Desert Sessions","Eagles Of Death Metal" and "Nick Oliveri and The Mondo Generator" and of course "Kyuss" would be a good idea aswell if you want more Queens-esque sounds. // 8