I was kinda worried, wasn't really feeling the singles they put online and Mark Ronsons involvement had me scratching my head but given it a full play through and absolutely loving it. Feels like an extension of 'Like Clockwork', perhaps a tad poppier than that though. More upbeat too but that classic Queens darkness has its greasy pours all over it.
I picked it up today. Only listened once, but seemed cool so far. It's like they made an album out of Kalopsia.
It's a shame they'll never return to the sound of Songs for the Deaf, and no other band will likely ape it's quality. But whatever, Like Clockwork is probably their second best, and by extension one of my favourite records. Hopefully the new one will reach those heights on more listens.
1. Songs for the Deaf 2. ...Like Clockwork 3= Rated R 3= Villains 5. Lullabies to Paralyze 6. Era Vulgaris
I don't think they've ever made a bad album, cracking songs on all of them. I've come round to enjoying Era more these days and Villains I'm enjoying immensely. Very different sounds in their albums which just keeps them interesting after all these years
1. Rated R =2. Self titled =2. Songs for the Deaf 4. Lullabies to Paralyse 5. ...Like Clockwork 6. Era Vulgaris - In my Head and 3's & 7's are really the only songs I like off this 7. Villains - improved with 2nd listen but still a bit meh
I was tempted to stick Them Crooked Vultures in there too as it's essentially a QOTSA album in all but name and is quite frankly, strawberry floating superb.
Ironhide wrote:7. Villains - improved with 2nd listen but still a bit meh
This is laughable. To even attempt to judge an album on the second listen, especially to compare it to other albums that you've had presumably 10+ years to digest.
Anyway it's sounding better and better the more I listen. I stand even more by my previous statement of this being Kalopsia Smooth Sailing stretched out to a full album. Groovy as hell.
Their best album is obvs Songs for the Deaf, with Like Clockwork and Rated R constantly switching places for second. Lullabies and S/T are also both amazing with some of their best songs, but they don't stand up as a cohesive album as much to me. Era Vulgaris is good, but noticeably not as good as the rest of their output.
smurphy wrote:Their best album is obvs Songs for the Deaf, with Like Clockwork and Rated R constantly switching places for second. Lullabies and S/T are also both amazing with some of their best songs, but they don't stand up as a cohesive album as much to me. Era Vulgaris is good, but noticeably not as good as the rest of their output.
I'd probably agree with this except Like Clockwork sits at a definite third place behind Rated R. I find EV to be a bit more consistent than Lullabies and Self Titled as well but it was my first Queens album so I probably have a bit of nostalgia around it.