Queens Of The Stone Age Era Vulgaris 180g LP

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Fifth Studio Album Reissued On 180g Vinyl LP!

Era Vulgaris is the fifth studio album by Queens Of The Stone Age. Released in June 2007, it contains the singles "Sick, Sick, Sick", "3's & 7's"and "Make It Wit Chu".

Like other QOTSA albums, guest musicians are paraded in and out, but here it's impossible to tell if Mark Lanegan contributed anything or if that indeed is the Strokes' Julian Casablancas singing lead on the lethal 'Sick, Sick, Sick,' because Homme has honed Era Vulgaris so scrupulously that it's impossible to hear anybody else's imprint on the overall sound. QOTSA retain some of the spookiness of Lullabies -- there's a ghostly hue on 'Into the Hollow' -- but this is as balls-out rock as Songs for the Deaf, only minus the mythic momentum Dave Grohl lent that record. But Era Vulgaris isn't designed as a monolith like Songs; its appeal is in its lean precision, how the riffs grind as if they were stripping screws of their threads, how the rhythms relentlessly pulse, and, of course, how it's all dressed up in all kinds of scalding guitars, all different sounds and tones, giving this menace and muscle. If the songs aren't pop crossovers -- not even the soulful seductive groove of 'Make It Wit Chu' (revived from one of Homme's Desert Sessions) qualifies it as a potential pop hit -- they still have hard hooks that make these manifestos even if they aren't anthems: 'Misfit Love' digs in like a nasty Urge Overkill, 'Battery Acid' is metallic and mean, blind-sided only by the gargantuan, gnarly '3's & 7's.' It's hard to call Era Vulgaris stripped-down -- there's too much color in the guitar, too much willful weirdness to be that -- but this is Queens of the Stone Age at their most elemental and efficient, never spending longer than necessary at each song, yet managing to make each of these three-minute blasts of fury sound like epics. It's exhilarating, the best rock & roll record yet released in 2007 -- and the year sure needed the dose of thunder that this album provides.


  • 180g Vinyl LP
  • Gatefold jacket
  • 12"x12" insert
  • Vinyl-only bonus track "Running Joke"


Side A:

  1. Turnin' On The Screw
  2. Sick, Sick, Sick
  3. I'm Designer
  4. Into The Hollow
  5. Misfit Love
  6. Running Joke

Side B:

  1. Battery Acid
  2. Make It Wit Chu
  3. 3's & 7's
  4. Suture Up Your Future
  5. River in the Road
  6. Run, Pig, Run

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