Queens of the Stone Age released this week their 7th studio album Villains. It is the band’s first material since 2013’s … Like Clockwork. It was produced by Mark Ronson.
In contrast to their previous effort, it is quite different.
Ingeniously crafted, Villains takes you inside an unique blend of weirdness and eccentricity alongside crispier grooves. The 1950s jam-packed with infectious choruses, The Way You Used To Do was a perfect choice for a first single. The sound becomes more uptempo and complex with outbursts of hooks all over the place. Queens Of the Stones ‘ new album dips more into the realm of eerie electronic landscapes.They deliver a blast of an astounding renewed frenetic energy and rhythmic more danceable. Head Like A Haunted House should become a fan favorite. At its core, it is quite remarkable , incorporating subtle beat structures , intricate keyboard work on songs such as Feet Don’t Fail Me and Un-Reborn Again, a new range of infectious grungy riffs as well as a fresh new psychedelic swag to any track they perform. The arrangements are punchy. Their revisit their early work with Head Like A Haunted House and the love song Villains of Circumstance for some finest grooves and intricate contemporary soundscapes more spicy. The Evil Has Landed is a fabulous psychedelic blues rock tune , both raw and swinging.
There is also something more direct lyrically inexorably drawing the listener into a wild troubling world sometimes emotional and heartfelt on the beautiful ballad Fortress written for Josh’s children.
All in all, Queens Of the Stone Age redefine their identity on Villains. They challenge their artistry , exploiting their strengths and their creativity. It was risky and ambitious but at final, it is a winning cocktail of pulsative dance beats, psychedelic, grunge-inventive riffs with catchiest hooks. What better than Villains. It is what all music should be. In one word, a masterpiece.
Villains Out Now – http://smarturl.it/Villains_iTunes