Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R CD

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  1. Feel Good Hit of the Summer
  2. The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
  3. Leg of Lamb
  4. Auto Pilot
  5. Better Living Through Chemistry
  6. Monsters in the Parasol
  7. Quick and to the Pointless
  8. In the Fade
  9. Tension Head
  10. Lightning Song
  11. I Think I Lost My Headache

Release Date: 2000

Label: Interscope Records

Origin: USA

Somebody notify K-Tel: There's a new free-associative companion to R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" and Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" -- Queens of the Stone Age's "Feel Good Hit of the Summer." It's a bona fide anthem with a brilliant hook that's part Nirvana, part Jon Spencer, and a list of just seven words, "Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy and alcohol, cocaine." For good measure, there's backing vocals from Rob Halford. It's a doozy of an album opener and perhaps the year's catchiest song, but it's also just about the only track on Rated R that you'd expect from these post-Kyuss stoner-rock godheads. Sure, the rest rocks plenty hard on the back of precision rhythms, fuzzy guitars, and psychedelic lyricism, but the sum total is ultimately pretty surprising: Rated R owes as much to progressive rock as metal and to studio experimentation than plug 'n' play minimalism. In fact, Rated R is less QOTSA II than a long-lost Masters of Reality album, and that's no coincidence; the Masters' Chris Goss produced the album and contributes on half its tracks. For each radio-friendly oddity like "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" or "In the Fade" (co-written and sung by Screaming Tree Mark Lanegan), there's a spellbinding swirl of complex, but oddly unpretentious, art rock -- from the Pink Floyd-style "Better Living Through Chemistry" to the nine-minute, could-be-a-Bitches' Brew-outtake "I Think I Lost My Headache." Both the real songs and free-form freakouts blend into something fully original -- a wall of sound, hooks, and quirk that add up to seven more words: "The First Must-Have of the Summer." - Andy Langer (AustinChronicle.com June 16, 2000)