Bruising, burly and gloriously big, “…Like Clockwork” is one of the best albums released in 2013
Rock Royalty and testosterone-exhaling extraordinaire Josh Homme returns with his band Queens of the Stone Age for their self-produced sixth album “…Like Clockwork”. With the band nearing its twentieth birthday, Homme remains the only permanent member of the band. With assistance coming from Dave Grohl (recording the drums for “…Like Clockwork” as well as being Homme’s band mate in Them Crooked Vultures) and even Sir Elton John, the band have returned six years after their last album “Era Vulgaris” – and what a return it is. “…Like Clockwork” is mind splittingly brilliant.
Highlights include the muscular, glass-smashing opener “Keep Your Eyes Peeled” and outrageous frenzy-inducing single “My God Is the Sun”. Pulsating like an amorphous vein, “If I Had a Tail” stands out as another great song. I’m also quite sure that the recognisable northern tones of Mr Alex Turner (…from the Arctic Monkeys…of course) can be heard in the background. “Smooth Sailing” has the bands fuzzy guitars on infectious form and “I Sat By the Ocean” is another solid tune. There are NO ‘bad’ songs on show here.
Anthems galore, “…Like Clockwork” is a biting, brooding, muscular masterpiece of a Rock album. It’s just huge. It genuinely feels like the album is going to full-on explode any minute in a cloud of Josh Homme testosterone-fuelled fury. On the strength of this album, it would be a safe bet to place Queens of the Stone Age right up there alongside Foo Fighters as contenders for the biggest and best rock band on the entire planet. It baffles me that when rock bands are putting out material as Herculean as this, people still bang on about how guitars and rock music are dead. ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND? JOSH HOMME WILL CRUSH YOUR LITTLE HEAD! Do yourself a favour, save your little heads, buy this album folks.
“…Like Clockwork” is released June 3rd on Metador Records.