|August 23, 2002 - Spin: Songs for the Deaf Review
by Chris Morris
Born of the California high desert, the Queens are everything most hard
rock is usually not--supple, playful, tuneful, dynamic, and, well, mature.
On their third full-length album, core members Josh Homme and Nick
Oliveri, formerly of stoner-rock monolith Kyuss, mix it up with a top-flight
bunch of ringers that includes Nirvana/Foo Fighters ace Dave Grohl,
Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan, and earthlings? frontman Dave
While this high-volume unit can slam your head against the wall as
devastatingly as any metal outfit working (see "Millionaire"), the
Queens have learned some key lessons from their old pal and frequent
co-producer Chris Goss. Numbers like "First It Giveth," ""Song For The
Dead," "Sky Is Falling," and "Another Love Song" display the plaintive
tug and harmonic complexity of Goss's old band Masters Of Reality. This
is one of the most accomplished, powerful, and entertaining hard rock
albums ever made.