Rated R is the second studio album by American rock band Queens Of The Stone Age, originally released on June 6, 2000 by Interscope Records. It was the band's first album for the label, as well as their first to feature bassist Nick Oliveri and vocalist Mark Lanegan.
Rated R was a critical and commercial success and became the band's breakthrough album, peaking at number 54 in the UK and eventually being certified gold by the BPI. Two singles were released from the album: "The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret" and "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer", with the former helping the band reach mainstream popularity.
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.
- 180g Vinyl
- First US vinyl pressing featuring the original blue album artwork
- 12"x24" insert
- Bonus track "Ode To Clarissa"
- Feel Good Hit Of The Summer
- The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
- Leg Of Lamb
- Auto Pilot
- Better Living Through Chemistry
- Monsters In The Parasol
- Quick And To The Pointless
- In The Fade
- Tension Head
- Lightning Song
- I Think I Lost My Headache
- Ode To Clarissa