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  1.  Brilliantly titled two finger salute to the record industry


    Most bands faced with the prospect of personally funding their own tour and being dropped by their folding record label would have decided to call it quits. Therapy? found themselves in such a position, but instead of calling it a day, and filled with anger, decided to channel it into something tangible. This album spits, kicks and claws its way out of your speakers. Production is a bit muddy and raw, but that just adds to the atmosphere. Stand out tracks include 'Wall of Mouths', 'Ten Year Plan', 'Sister' and the achingly beautiful 'Six Mile Water'. Some say this album truly divided the fans, sifting out the hardcore faithful. Therapy? probably don't care, they just want to make music.

  2.  Get into the groove


    Therapy? don't care about the mainstream. Not one of their albums has ever been intended to please the public masses or record bosses. Each album has been crafted in a way that suits the band at its present time/form. Their past has seen some line-up changes but there has always been guitarist/vocalist Andy Cairns and bassist Michael McKeegan at the helm. No doubt the various members at the time of recording had some influence on the overall flavour of that particular album, but safe to say, that each record met the standards and satisfaction of the band first, fans second, their families third, their neighbours fourth and possibly their dogs fifth before the record industry came into the picture.

    With their 10th full album this fact has been strengthened further (notice I am not counting the Baby Teeth and Pleasure Death mini albums, or their best of 'So Much For The Ten Year Plan - A Retrospective', or their BBC sessions album 'Music Through a Cheap Transistor'). Previous effort, One Cure Fits All, saw a more rounded and fuller production. Piled heavy with riffs it received criticism in the form of the various chorus structures, stating the majority of songs on offer relied heavily on the repetition of a few words. Crooked Timber kicks back at this without feeling that Therapy? have purposefully created an album to please the critics. It's just the record they wanted to make at the time.

    Groove is the key to this album, not so much riffs. The sound is very much stripped back and raw. 'The Head...' tees off with a slow, pounding feel, challenging the listener. With each play the song reveals more detail, definitely a grower. '...Struggle' staggers in like an old friend. A catchier song straight off the bat. 'Clowns...' picks up the pace with some relentless drumming while 'Exiles' eases off the gas. Title track and first single 'Crooked Timber' starts off with a curious jingle before locking into a nice groove. '...I Was Ill' produces a catchy chorus built around some great drum work. 'Somnambulist' could be seen as the albums weak point. Although good, it doesn't have that diversity of what else is on offer. 'Blacken the Page', much like '...Struggle', has that familiar feel that will connect to fans straight away. Very quick and to the point. Cover song 'Magic Mountain' is a strange beast. Coming in at a colossal ten minutes it seems an odd choice to include. But, credit due, the track does not feel that long and after the first minute of sludge it develops a rather tranquil, trippy vibe. Final track 'Bad Excuse...' brings things back to a darker nature, reminiscent of High Anxiety's track 'Rust', morbid and uneasy but retaining that intrigue which, much like opener 'The Head...', gets better with each play.

    Overall a fine album. It definitely throws up a few surprises, some of which on first listen might not sit easy, but invest some time with this and you will no doubt find the album becomes a regular player within the Therapy? arsenal.

  3.  A darker, grittier album


    The departure of guitarist Martin McCarrick found Therapy? stripped back to a
    three piece. Though one member down, they seem to have the sound, anger and determination of a band twice the size. Banging slabs of guitar and pounding drum beating are all over this album. 'Rise Up' and 'Die Like a...' kick things off nicely, all in your face with no relenting. 'Perish...' and '...Monsters' slow things down a notch but still retain that heavyweight feel. 'So Called Life' ups the tempo with a groovy little mid section to make way for the frantic 'Panic'. 'Polar Bear' challenges the listener at first with its slightly disjointed feel only to erupt into a great riff heavy ending. 'Rock You Monkeys', while upbeat and catchy, is possibly the weakest track
    on offer. 'Dead' pulls things back nicely with Andy Cairns spitting venom through the speakers. 'Long Distance' eases off the gas slightly to give the listener a breather before the last three tracks hammer home to end the album just as it started. Previous album, High Anxiety, regained some fresh (and quite rightly deserved) interest in the band, but unfortunately this album failed to build upon that. This should not be overlooked for that reason and is well worth shelling out for.

  4.  A bit of a grower.


    With Nick Oliveri (bassist) booted out over personal issues, Dave Grohl going back to the Foos, only Josh Homme remains the original member from the last album (with a little appearance from Mark Lanegan). People expecting 'Songs for the Deaf 2' were hugely disappointed but that shouldn't reflect badly on this album. Apart from the strange opener 'Lullaby', tracks 2-8 are fantastic with 'Medication', '...Insane' and 'Little Sister' being the lead runners. Things get a little bland in the last third of the album with only 'Broken Box' and the wonderful '...Goodbye' keeping things above par. Take your time with this album.

  5.  A grittier successor.


    Kicking off where 'Lullabies...' ended, every track is a glorious blend of scuzzy guitars, pounding drums and dirty vocals. 'Sick...', 'Misfit Love', 'Battery Acid' and '3s & 7s' being the pick of the bunch. '...Hollow', 'Make It...' and 'Suture...' tone things down a tad but with the ambitious '...Designer' and spooky 'Run, Pig, Run' this album doesn't let up, not a single track should be skipped, classic.

  6. Rated R

    Rated R

    Queens Of The Stone Age - CD

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     Drug and alcohol crazed second album.


    Moving clear of the Kyuss sound, QOTSA hit the public with a downright sleaze trip of an album. Hitting off with '...Summer', a song with no other lyrical content other than drugs, (sounding like Nick Oliveri's (bassist) tour bus shopping list) you can tell this ain't going to be an easy ride. 'Lost Art...', 'Auto Pilot' and 'Monster...' are all bona-fide QOTSA classics, and a little Punk-infused 'Quick...' and 'Tension Head' never did anyone any harm while taking the foot off the gas with 'In the Fade' and '...Headache'. A little varying, but never the less, great album.

  7.  A powerhouse of an album.


    Supposed theme for the album was from Josh Hommes' experience while driving through the night flicking between radio stations. In between the tracks are snippets of the band members and friends joking around pretending to be various radio DJs. Although a slightly disjointed idea, the album comes over more complete than expected. Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) joins the band (nearly permanently as well) for this outing. Bulldozing tracks like '...Millionaire...', 'No One Knows' and '...Giveth' are mind melting slabs of barbaric drumming and vicious riffing. Not to mention the classic 'Go With The Flow'. The band really get into their stride with this one and things end nicely with the eerie 'A Song For The Deaf'. Hard job to top this one.

  8.  A cracking follow up


    When you put out an album in which every track is a killer, you really don't make it easy for yourself for the follow up. Kyuss had this problem when releasing 'Sky Valley', deemed as one of the best stoner rock albums. But, hats off to them, they almost pull it off. 100 mph songs like 'Hurricane' and 'Tangy Zizzle' compete nicely against the slower paced, weightier tracks 'Gloria', 'Phototropic' and 'El Rodeo'. As for the finale, a three song medley gloriously welded together into an 11 minute juggernaut of what is 'Spaceship Landing'. A shame this was their last album (not taking into account their best of 'Muchas Gracias'), but then there would be no Queens of the Stoneage, you can't have both I'm afraid.

  9.  The best stoner rock album in the world€ever!


    With their predecessor 'Blues for the Red Sun', Kyuss showed the world a new style of rock music, concrete blocks of guitar riffs and super heavy bass guitars. Every track is a winner, from the laid back acoustic 'Space Cadet' to the blistering '100 Degrees' this album doesn't let up. Considered the best album they released, it really brought them into the limelight (a bit anyway) with Metallica and Dave Grohl, of then Nirvana, becoming huge fans. A real musicians band.

  10.  The beginning of a legendary sound


    Although this is their second album, it definitely is the start of them capturing their legendary sound which became a huge influence and coined the term 'Stoner Rock'. 'Thumb', 'Green Machine', '50 Million...', 'Thong Song', 'Freedom Run' and 'Allen's Wrench' are all Kyuss classics with rolling drums, thundering bass and slab heavy guitar riffs all served up with John Garcia giving it all he's got in the vocal department. A good album to get the ball rolling.