Sunday, November 22, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures

What happens when you form a band with three certifiable Rock Stars? The short answer is the band Them Crooked Vultures. They are comprised of foot-stomping drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters and Nirvana), guitarist and vocalist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal), and the one and only bassist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin...yes, the Led Zeppelin). That sounds like a band whose shitty songs would make most artists' "great" songs pale in comparison, right? Right. This was a project/band that had been in the works for a number of years according to Mr. Grohl who said in a 2005 interview with Mojo magazine that, "the next project I'm trying to initiate involves me on drums, Josh Homme on guitar, and John Paul Jones playing bass. That's the next album. That wouldn't suck." Yeah, you can say that again. One of the many things I like about this album is that it's got a lot of meat on the bone, per se. It's 13 songs and 66 minutes in length. That's a solid amount of music. It also rocks from beginning to end. The songs range in duration from 3+ all the way to almost 8 minutes.

If had to say what the music sounds most like, it would probably be QOTSA just because of Homme's vocals. But what's incredible is how the album sounds like a band that has been playing together for a while. Who knows how much time these guys spent rehearsing songs before recording, but clearly they clicked when the engineer hit record. Pretty much every song has an interesting or great guitar riff, and Grohl's drums are solid and powerful throughout. The wild card is John Paul Jones, who at the age of 63 still knows how to lay down a bass line that grooves and pushes the music to a different level. Album starts off with the somewhat meandering "No One Loves You & Neither Do I" but is a statement for what you're about to experience. And it concludes with "Spinning in Daffodils" that starts off rather tranquil with a piano solo but is quickly subverted by crunching guitars and thumping drums and bass. This album/band is probably amazing to hear live and will hopefully have more US dates when they return from Europe.

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