What I thought
After the first two or so tracks, it did nothing for me afterward and the rest of the deep cuts were forgetable. However, Fortress is probably the deepest and well written cut on the album. I just hope they make a harder more agressive album like Songs for the Deaf. For now, lets just see what happens.
1 good tune, the rest blah
"The Evil Has Landed" is literally the only good QOTSA style tune. It's a great song, too bad the rest of the album is so lackluster. This album reminds me of how rock bands make such great music when they're hungry and lean, but get too experimental and soft after they start to live that fat and bloated lifestyle. Get back to the strength from 1st album, Rated R and Songs for the Deaf. These guy are crazy talented and could do so much better if they weren't forcing it so much.
I’d rather get kicked in the face than hear this record again, it’d be less painful. It’s like QOTSA....minus the sex, drugs, rock n roll, danger, balls, attitude, grime, psychedelia, etc...But I bet the kids love it!
Amazing as always!!!
So happy with this album. It's dark and settle. His voice is out of this world . There's a few hints of 80's electric that I dig. 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻
Band’s evolving and it’s wonderful.
By The Goathead
Keep it Coming!!
This album sneaks up on you, I was stunned on the first few listens and now after seeing it live it has to be thier best album yet!! Every song is amazing.
Ya either dig, or ya don’t.
And I dig, baby.
The latest from Josh and Co is definitely a grower. Lots of layers, depth, and textures you're going to miss if you're looking for a quick fix. It didn't start to gel for me until somewhere between 5-10 listens. Sonically reminiscent of ...Like Clockwork (a 5 Star masterpiece), but with the boogie of Era Vulgaris, some of it deceptively complex. It feels like another chapter in the nightmare dreamscape they created for ...Like Clockwork, but with a lighter theme. Maybe not their best, but definitely a very good album!
Probably Their Worst To Date
Sonically, this album sounds horrible which I blame producer Mark Ronson for; along with a lot of other things. He should stick to pop music and avoid quality rock music like QOTSA is accostomed to making. Theodore has some solid drum work on the album however they made his kit sound like a six year olds toy kit with papery snare, no kick, and absolutely absent cymbals in the mix. That is just one example of total trash production and mixing. Mabye the band was going for what some would call a "raw" sound but I think it's more than that. Sure there are some good tracks here but nothing compared to what one expects from a QOTSA album. At the end of the day, I don't think Ronson and the band were a good fit for each other. Maybe he should go back to working with Bruno Mars or whoever.