Friday, July 7th, 2017

Queens of the Stone Age – The Way You Used To Do

Probably would have preferred the way QOTSA used to do…


Micha Cavaseno: Honestly, Josh Homme and Mark Ronson feels like a bad fit. Not that their aesthetics are all that different; they’re both dudes who make music obsessed with groove and try to take influences from all differing walks of rhythm. After all, Homme’s sang on UNKLE tracks and Ronson’s played bass for Yoko Ono; the guidelines of their successes don’t necessarily indicate their range of desires. But the fact is, Queens of the Stone Age are a band that I find work best when their sound is loose and aimless. Perhaps not so much in the tightness of the band, but in the hazy quality of the songs. This track here feels dry, practical, sober, sensible. It’s everything I don’t want from a band like this.

Thomas Inskeep: Producer Mark Ronson has prettied up QOTSA’s sound a smidgen, which is a shame, because what I’d love to hear is them going the opposite direction, a la the Josh Homme Blues Explosion. This is more like a polite glam stomp, more Mud than Pussy Galore.

Iain Mew: During that brief, unfortunate period when Arctic Monkeys sounded like a limp imitation of Queens of the Stone Age, who could have guessed that one day the roles would be reversed?

Ryo Miyauchi: Why are Queens of the Stone Age trying to sound like The Strokes with those guitar riffs compressed so flat? And this was a rock band I put on so I don’t have to listen to Is This It, so this is a bummer.

Alfred Soto: What’s this tinny shit?

Leonel Manzanares de la Rosa: To paraphrase Frank Zappa: “Rock and Roll is not dead… It just smells funny”. 

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