Larry David “enjoying” the Knicks game
Ya know, some people say, “you’re born alone and you’re gonna die alone.” Not exactly true for twins. Anyways, just a thought.
The two most annoying types of people on the planet
1. People who use the elevator to travel one stinkin’ floor (unless you are sick, no pass on beefers.)
2. When driving a car, the people who don’t give you “the wave” after you let them go in front of you.
Feel free to reblog and add to this list. And don’t forget, don’t sweat the small stuff!
Being the first release in six years, I was perhaps too anxious to hear the first track. Having listened to this album 20 some-odd times, I think I can give a fully formed opinion on the album now.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled - The first track opens up with some odd sounds. A bit disassociating but in the best way possible and then a punch to the gut. Just what I want from QOTSA… some good, old-fashioned sludge. Never has a down tempo song made me so excited to hear the rest of the album. KYEP has a great dichotomy going for it. One minute the song is heavy hitting, slow, but still grooving. The next, you’re thrown into a schizophrenic frenzy. Joey Castillo keeps pace on the drums and really holds the song together with Michael Shuman’s bass. Also some great overdubbed guitars. The lyrics give a good idea of what the rest of the album will be like. Killer opening track. If this album is a dream, don’t wake me up.
I Sat By The Ocean - For being a sad love song, this song fucking rocks. Picking up the pace and chock full of riffs. Great vocal delivery by Josh Homme on this tune. The multiple guitar tracks give a great texture to the song. The song has a great build up at the end and is a good sing-a-long but pretty straight-forward stuff.
The Vampyre of Time and Memory - The song opens in a way that sounds like Richard Wright and John Carpenter’s love child. This song picks up perfectly from where the last one left off. Taking the tempo down, here comes another song about loneliness and lack of love. At this point in the album, one ultimately realizes how much not just their sound has matured but their lyrics as well. For clocking in at just 3:34, this song feels longer. The synths are amazing, piano is poignant, and the guitars at the end shred.
If I Had A Tail - Here is one bad ass booty shaker of a song. This song is so god damn catchy. Melodies for days over a bitching rhythm section (with your first taste of Dave Grohl on the album.) Josh Homme doing his best Lady Marmalade impression. The chorus kicks and has some creepy and haunting backing vocals. The lead guitar keeps the track very fun and the bridge is nasty. “Get your hands dirty, roll up them sleeves. Brainwashed or true believers? Buy flash cars, diamond rings. Expensive holes to bury things. I’m a machine. I’m obsolete. In the land of the free. Immortality.” The lyrics ring true in a Pink Floyd kind of way. One of the top three tracks of the album.
My God is the Sun - Opens up with a shaker, dueling guitars and a bass bomb. The Dave Grohl effect is very prominent on this song. This is the tune that feels most like a throw back to Songs for the Deaf. I really love the production on this. Josh has certainly put in a lot of thought in how to create a texture and layer without taking the balls of a song away. The guitars really soar. And just when you think the song is coming down to a bluesy ending, the band gets their last licks in.
Kalopsia - Starts with a more ethereal feel. Soothing vocals over a textured melody with great use of the piano and synth. Then come the screaming guitars and thumping bass. Love how the song moves back and forth between chaos and the soft lull. This is a great tune for Josh to show off his vocal chops.
Fairweather Friends - I’m still blown away at how many steps this band took with this album. Great guitar parts. Josh and Co. have always had great success getting great tones out of their instruments. Lyrically the song is genius. Elton John’s piano and vocals kill.Once the song gets going, it charges ahead full force.
Smooth Sailing - Another one of the extremely catchy cuts on the album. It’s got a great, deep bounce that contrasts perfectly with Homme’s falsetto voice. SS definitely has a few great lines including the now infamous tongue-in-cheek “blew my load” but that’s not the first line that comes to mind. The guitar solo swings in such an amazing way. Never heard lead guitar swing like that. Makes the song that much more slinky. The bridge has another one of the frenetic buildups that releases with one of Josh’s primal screams.
I Appear Missing - I think this is the obvious standout track, and with good reason too. Everything about this tune is perfect. Homme’s vocals and interpretation of these incredibly personal lyrics is astounding. Grohl’s drums aren’t quite what they were on SFTD but he manages to do the job with such ease and fluidity. His fills are such a great compliment to the structure of the music. The melodies provided by the piano and guitar are solid. The drums driven bridge is relentless and the band charges right back afterward. Love the accents that are thrown in on the third verse. The end of the song is what I would call the climax of the entire album. Everyone in the band is firing on all cylinders.
…Like Clockwork - Last song serves as a denouement of sorts. It’s a poignant song that most closely resembles a ballad. The minor key provides a very bittersweet ending for the album. Almost makes me want to start the album right at the top as soon as it finishes. A great cap to a stellar album. It’s a song that sounds so sad it makes me happy.
Overall I think this album is a stone-cold classic. Don’t really have a bad thing to say about it. Production, lyrics, and music are all tops. Josh is a great leader and frontman. The multiple drummers do a great job and no real gap is notices between any of them. Shuman’s bass digs deep and Troy and Dean’s contributions are exactly perfect. This band has always been great but this album has put them over the top. I can only hope that this is the future of rock n’ roll.