3 Them Crooked Vultures (almost) deliver the goodsbeatmyguest | 12/11/2009 | See all beatmyguest's reviews (19)With Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) back behind the drumkit, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stoneage) fronting and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) joining on bass, there was much excitement for the results that have eventually become Them Crooked Vultures. Snippets dotted about youtube directed towards something truly amazing and, unfortunately, the album doesn't quite live up to the expectation.It all kicks off nicely with 'Nobody Loves Me...', a mild, laid back little number that builds up to eventually erupt over two minutes in with probably the best riff of 2009. 'Mind Eraser, No Chaser' sees Grohl and Homme join forces on the chorus. The song wouldn't feel out of place on any Foos album. 'New Fang' rattles along quite nicely and displays the first major Zep influence. 'Dead End Friends' and 'Elephants' could have been lifted from any of the last two Queens albums. 'Elephants' starts off with a killer riff but ends up outstaying its welcome. 'Reptiles' and 'Scumbag Blues' get things back on track with some heavy Zep flavours, and a hint of what seems to be the Mission Impossible riff hidden within 'Scumbag...'. 'Bandoliers' comes off average compared to what's been on offer so far, slightly run-of-the-mill. As for the remainder of the album, bit of a let down. 'Interlude...' seems lost with no sense of direction. 'Warsaw...' sounds more like a jam session that goes on forever and 'Caligulove' should have been a b-side. 'Gunman' starts off promisingly and gets things jumping again, only to be let down by the (again) too long 'Spinning in Daffodils'.To round things up, an album of two halves. The first half starts to build into something great only to run out of steam towards the end. It still wipes the floor with a lot of the rock albums released this year and any Queens fans needing that little fix of new material will be pleased at what's on offer here.