Best Rock Album: Villains
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Hundreds of epic shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, one yearlong detour with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age reemerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with lucky seventh album, 'Villains', out on Matador Records.
Produced by Mark Ronson and co-produced by Mark Rankin and mixed by Alan Moulder, 'Villains' is the first full album offering from Queens Of The Stone Age since 2013s ' Like Clockwork' gave the band its first #1 album in the U.S. (and #1s in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, #2s in the UK, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Finland but really, whos counting?). Like the stunning artwork of returning illustrator Boneface, the sonic signatures of the lineup that took ' Like Clockwork' around the world and backFounder/guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, keys), Michael Shuman (bass), Dean Fertita (keys, guitar), Jon Theodore (drums)are as unmistakable as ever, though coexisting with sufficient new twists to induce recurring double takes. As Homme himself puts it, "The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound, asking and answering the question 'what do we sound like now?' If you cant make a great first record, you should just stopbut if you can make a great record but you keep making records and your sound doesnt evolve, you become a parody of that original sound."
Of his role working within such a closed and confident ecosystem as Queens Of The Stone Age, Ronson says, "Queens are and have always been my favorite rock n roll band ever since I walked into Tower on Sunset and bought Rated R in the summer of 2000, so it was incredibly surreal to be welcomed into their secret, pirate clanor the jacuzzi as Josh likes to call it. I also knew that my super fandom alone would not keep me in the jacuzzi. There were moments during the making of the album in which i was aware i was watching my musical heroes craft something that was sure to become one of my favorite moments on any Queens album. And to have some part in that felt like being in a dreama very heavy, dark, wonderful dream."
Longtime Queens cohort co-producer Mark Rankin added, "After the baptism of fire that was Like Clockwork, I was excited to get into the studio again with the challenge of pushing the sound for this record, especially with the the addition of Ronson into the creative mix. We wanted to evolve the production to be processed in a modern way yet be totally organic and still performed fully live, like lifting a veil and what you thought was electronic is actually live and things are not as they first appear What weve made is forward looking yet unmistakably Queens."
"The title Villains isnt a political statement. It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that shit. Its simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened Everyone needs someone or something to rail againsttheir villainsame as it ever was. You cant control that. The only thing you can really control is when you let go."Joshua Homme
"Nearly 20 years in, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme still gets down like a black leather jacket zapped to life by Dr. Funkenstein himself. He called in a surprising assist for the SoCal rockers' seventh album, Top 40 genius Mark Ronson, who perks up zany Zeppelin grooves like 'Feet Don't Fail Me' and 'Head Like a Haunted House,' playing up the swing in their strut. Ultimately, though, Villains is less about reinvention than refinement. It's a beast of a record, and its red-hot heart is pure Queens." - Rolling Stone, 50 Best Albums of 2017
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1. Feet Don't Fail Me
2. The Way You Used To Do
3. Domesticated Animals
5. Head Like A Haunted House
6. Un-Reborn Again
8. The Evil Has Landed
9. Villains Of Circumstance