2003/09/xx - Stuff Magazine: A Drug Problem That Never Existed Review
by Jon Wiederhorn
We're in desperate need of a side project, and that second job at the local all-girls college isn't cutting it. (They don't even pay us or allow us in the dorms--just because we we're never officially hired!) Thank God we found distraction with Mondo Generator, the side project of Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri and his cronies. This, their second album, is a bluesy and crafty effort that puts their 2000 effort Cociane Rodeo, to shame. Oliveri is a Bon Scott-style belter who's fond of screeching about being heartbroken, especially on snarling tracks such as "Here We Come" and "Open Up and Bleed for Me." Even during the disc's few light moments, Oliveri isn't even close to having his shit together. Take the acoustic "All I Can Do," in which he sings: "Left the dishes in the sink/For the past two weeks/Played my music too loud/The landlord wants me out now!" Then again, it's probably tough to be mature when you're writing songs like "Meth, I Hear You Callin'" and the twisted "Jr. High Love" ("There's a party in your mouth/And yeah, I'm gonna come!"). Don't worry if it seems to highbrow for you. We promise that Mondo's latest is lunkheaded and mosh-friendly in the best possibly way. Or is it the worst possible way? We're always getting those two mixed up. With Hilarious results!

Album of the Month; 5 Stars

Thanks to Jay Kloosterman for typing this up!

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