Sept. 23, 2002 - New York Magazine: Songs for the Deaf Review
by Ethan Brown
Queens of the Stone Age is a revolving-door rock supergroup whose current incarnation includes Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan, and Ween guitarist Dean Ween. The transient nature of the band suggests passing pleasures, but Songs for the Deaf is anything but insignificant: It is one of the heaviest rock albums since Seattle's heyday. Nicking riffs from Cheap Trick and Foreigner and putting irresistible effects into the mix, it reminds us that grunge loomed large because it was so spectacularly unafraid to mix punk, metal, and pop. It's a lesson many in the neo-garage scene could learn a lot from.

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