Queens Of The Stone Age – VILLAINS

Established rock bands tend to fail when they try to broaden their musical style and renew their deadlocked sound with a little help of a popular producer. As Queens Of The Stone Age announced they would team up with Mark Ronson to write a funk record, one might have reacted quite cautiously to this information.

Basically, Ronson is not the wrong choice, having not just produced mediocrities but also Adele, Amy Winehouse and the inescapable hit “Uptown Funk” and is for this distinctive kind of sound an obvious, solid and not really surprising option – adjectives which one would not like to connote with a new QOTSA-album.

Luckily, the band does not build on Ronson finding the right way for them. Instead, the Queens continue working on the purged sound of the predecessor “...Like Clockwork”. They do not solely stress on their inherent willingness to groove (“Feet Don't Fail Me”, “The Way You Used To Do”) but search for sounds that enrich their increasingly opulent compositions. Here, Ronson might have been helpful: The sinister “Un-Reborn Again” features in its ending strings that sound typical for him, “Fortress” flirts with nicely antiquated synthesizers.

In any case Queens Of The Stone Age's look forward is rather a look back. Some passages remind clearly of Josh Homme's recent cooperation with Iggy Pop for which he already enhanced his Desert Rock with elements of Iggy's period of work in his Berlin-era. Still, the influences on “Villains” come from different angles as well, showing Homme dealing with his own past in “The Evil Has Landed”'s Eagles Of Death Metal-ish finale or coquetting with the manic, cocaine-contaminated Glam-Rock of the 70's (“Head Like A Haunted House”).  



Some passages remind clearly of Josh Homme's recent cooperation with Iggy Pop

Track List

Track List:

1.    Feet Don't Fail Me

2.    The Way You Used To Do

3.    Domesticated Animals

4.    Fortress

5.    Head Like A Haunted House

6.    Un-Reborn Again

7.    Hideaway

8.    The Evil Has Landed

9.    Villains Of Circumstance



Damit wird auch die Rolle des Nostalgikers Ronson in diesem Stück klar: Keineswegs sollte er der Band einen gewissen Stil überstülpen, sondern im Gegenteil mit seinen Stärken helfen, einer gewissen Sorte vorhandener Songs den richtigen Klang zu verpassen. Dieses Unterfangen ist mit "Villains" geglückt.