Queens Of The Stone Age have been making their rambunctious tuneful desert rock for nearly twenty years. Lullabies To Paralyze was their third album originally released in 2005 and has guest spots from the likes of Jack Black, Shirley Manson and most aptly of all a ZZ Top Gibbons. This is a luxury re-issue in gatefold sleeve and comes with three bonus tracks.
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7/10 Penrith Steve 29th July 2015
How do you follow one of the greatest rock albums of recent times? It’s a difficult one but it’s a quandary Queens Of The Stone Age were faced with after their monumental classic “Songs For The Deaf”. I think they went about it the right way with “Lullabies To Paralyze” though, took it in a different direction.
The album opens with “This Lullaby” a dark, folky tune sung by Mark Lanegan. His voice is in great condition here and it’s a great start, makes you forget about their last album straight away. “Medication” is a short but punchy piece of hard rock which leads to “Everybody Knows You’re Insane”. It sounds like they’ve hired Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd to play the guitar, then the chorus kicks in and the hard rock resumes. “Little Sister” was the single that preceded the album’s release and is a succinct and incisive rock song. “I Never Came” has a Sonic Youth aspect to it, without the wall of wailing guitars. Josh Homme’s vocal is restrained, the song adds another dimension to an album that is otherwise quite full on in terms of rock, as does "Long Slow Goodbye".
It isn’t as good as “Songs For The Deaf” or “Rated R” for that matter, but it has it’s moments.
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