…Like Clockwork is the sixth studio album from desert rock band, Queens of the Stone Age. It was released on June 3rd, 2013. I know this is late, but it’s my favourite album of 2013 by far. The whole thing has been on repeat since I got it. Seriously, it’s a problem. So I’m going to give it some praise.
It was the first of their albums to top the charts in the United States, and for good reason; it kicks ass. It’s full of Queens of the Stone Age familiarities that make their sound so unique, like singer Josh Homme’s mysterious, seductive voice and his sludgy, dirty guitar riffs. Yet this album differs from their previous ones in the sense that it’s unusually focused. It’s dark, meaningful, and influential, and Josh Homme takes us on a journey with every track.
In 2010, Homme was hospitalized for thirteen days, and consequently bedridden for four months following complications during a routine knee surgical procedure. He sank into a deep depression, and didn’t want to play music anymore. The remaining QOTSA band members encouraged him to return to the band to begin working on a sixth album, to which he responded,
“If you want to make a record with me right now, in the state I’m in, come into the fog. It’s the only chance you’ve got.”
Homme claimed that in the dark, he found …Like Clockwork, and I can’t think of a better explanation for the way the album turned out. I have to admit, it took me a few listens of the full album before I started to fall in love with it. I didn’t like “I Sat by the Ocean” at all but now I can’t stop listening to it. I was thrown off by the dark and serious tone of the songs; it’s not something we’ve heard from Queens of the Stone Age before. But the more I listened to it, the more hooked I found myself. The tracks were so connected to one another that it almost felt like a concept album. With tons of amazing guest artists like Trent Reznor, Elton John, and Dave Grohl on drums for the first time since Songs for the Deaf, this album will not disappoint. …Like Clockwork is, in my opinion, the best album from Queens of the Stone Age since Rated R.
Josh recently announced that this year the band will already be working on another album, which is unusual for them considering that it took them six years to give us something new after Era Vulgaris. They’ll be in the recording studio starting in September, after their …Like Clockwork tour is over. The fact that they’ll most likely be touring again next year to promote yet another album has me beside myself. I’ve seen them twice so far, and they put on one of the best live shows I’ve seen. If you haven’t had a chance to see them live, jump on it next year. You won’t be disappointed.
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