Rated R [UK]

Rated R [UK]

by Queens of the Stone AgeQueens of the Stone Age

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Overview

The second Queens of the Stone Age album, R (as in the movie rating; its title was changed from II at the last minute before release), makes its stoner rock affiliations clear right from the opening track. The lyrics of "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" consist entirely of a one-line list of recreational drugs that Josh Homme rattles off over and over, a gag that gets pretty tiresome by the end of the song (and certainly doesn't need the reprise that follows "In the Fade"). Fortunately, the rest of the material is up to snuff. R is mellower, trippier, and more arranged than its predecessor, making its point through warm fuzz-guitar tones, ethereal harmonies, vibraphones, horns, and even the odd steel drum. That might alienate listeners who have come to expect a crunchier guitar attack, but even though it's not really aggro, R is still far heavier than the garage punk and grunge that inform much of the record. It's still got the vaunted California-desert vibes of Kyuss, but it evokes a more relaxed, spacious, twilight feel, as opposed to a high-noon meltdown. Mark Lanegan and Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees both appear on multiple tracks, and their band's psychedelic grunge -- in its warmer, less noisy moments -- is actually not a bad point of comparison. Longtime Kyuss fans might be disappointed at the relative lack of heaviness, but R's direction was hinted at on the first QOTSA album, and Homme's experimentation really opens up the band's sound, pointing to exciting new directions for heavy guitar rock in the new millennium. [The 2000 Interscope edition featured one bonus track, plus an additional four-track bonus CD.] ~ Steve Huey, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2006
Label: Universal Uk
UPC: 0606949086329
catalogNumber: 490863
Rank: 7550

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queens of the Stone Age   Primary Artist
Mark Lanegan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Goss   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals,Piano (Grand)
Rob Halford   Background Vocals
Josh Homme   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nick Johnson   Background Vocals
Barrett Martin   Percussion,Steel Drums,Vibes
Scott Mayo   Horn,Baritone Saxophone
Nick Oliveri   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Fernando Pullum   Flugelhorn,Horn
Peter Stahl   Background Vocals
Gene Trautmann   Drums
Dave Catching   Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,12-string Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Nick Eldorado   Background Vocals
Nick Lucero   Percussion,Drums
Natasha Schneider   Piano

Technical Credits

Mark Lanegan   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Bradley Cook   Engineer
Chris Goss   Producer
Josh Homme   Composer,Producer,Art Conception
Alain Johannes   Producer
Nick Oliveri   Composer,Art Conception
Trina Shoemaker   Engineer
Francesca Restrepo   Art Direction
Mario Lalli   Composer
Dave Catching   Composer
Dan Druff   Guitar Techician
Todd Trent   Contributor

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