Album review: Queens of the Stone Age, "...Like Clockwork" - Reverb

Album review: Queens of the Stone Age, “…Like Clockwork”

Queens of the Stone Age, "... Like Clockwork."

Queens of the Stone Age, “… Like Clockwork.”

Leading up to the release of Queens of the Stone Age‘s “… Like Clockwork,” frontman Josh Homme revealed the album using a 15-minute animated film filled with blood, death and bar fights. But the most uncomfortable thing about this video is how beautiful it is. The color palette, the shapes and design are all tough to tear your eyes from.

And the artist of the video did a fine job capturing the experience of Queens of the Stone Age’s “… Like Clockwork.” Although this album has the intention of a horror movie, even in its harshest moments, “Clockwork” is quite pretty.

This isn’t a return to QOTSA’s thrash from more than a decade ago — even with Dave Grohl back at the drum kit. The tempos are slower than 2007’s “Era Vulgaris,” which might not be the most ideal role for the unyielding presence of Grohl, but he makes it work.

The album includes guest appearances from Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and, yes, even Elton John. Homme can almost manipulate this many random contributors into somewhat of a Queens of the Stone Age sound. Yet on “… Like Clockwork,” this QOTSA sound is somewhat unnerving in how lovely it is.

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