The drums sound incredibly compressed and punchy, the bass is very hidden in the mix and can barely be heard without using headphones, etc. My all three sides look as if they're covered in dust that I can't get off. There are certain parts of songs where I think Jon could have really gone wild, or at least gotten more flashy like Dave and Joey did, even while still complimenting the rest of the instruments. My only complaint is how muffled the drums sound. Nick added some grit, but Josh has a ton of his own. It's dirtier than any other album.
While I respect artists that continue to experiment and evolve, I gotta admit that I'm a bit disappointed with Villains, especially the production. It's not meant to be a song though, it's more of a goofy interlude and an homage to early 80's punk rock. One of the hurdles I have with this record is I can't find a activity or a good time to listen to it. Villains is the first Queens of the Stone Age album to not feature any special guest musicians. All lyrics written by Josh Homme. I actually think Un-Reborn Again is a pretty good song too, but the rest are mediocre. .
Even Era Vulgaris had an amazing opener in Turnin the Screw, and most fans put that album at the bottom, though I love it. Fortress has been stuck in my head since I first heard it, and I still love a lot about this album. When are you guys listening to this record? Try playing Head Like a Haunted House. Select albums in the Format field. It sounds kinda flat to me with the drum production throughout. Oh Sees - Orc Thurs. Villains reaffirms what makes this band so special to begin with: their willingness to blow up the status quo as established by their riff-rock brethren, and even themselves.
Maybe slightly Era Vulgaris, but just slightly. I think it's easily their worst. Although Modest Mouse's latest album is incredibly disappointing, way more than Villains, and I don't really like it at all. But to me Feet Don't Fail Me Now is pretty weak for an opener, certainly not close to as good as any of their other opening tracks. In an interview with the magazine, Boneface talked about returning to create a cover for the album and his working relationship with Josh Homme. It also helped that those guitar and drum parts, individually, are more memorable and special than most bands' entire discographies. I will say that in the context of the album The Evil Has Landed was a lot better, but I feel like there are so many moments on this record I would have loved some big drums kicking in and drive the song.
Only problem I have with this album, albeit it's not as bad for me as it is others, is Ronson's production. I feel like some of that Queens quirky-ness isn't really there in the sense it was always a bit more subtle on previous records. I think Josh likened our relationship to and in the initial rallying call. I was less than impressed by the two singles and I wan't impressed listening to this through. All that makes Villains a dark joy, a record that offers visceral pleasure in its winking menace. I know it's tired and cliché, but nick leaving the band stripped this band of their grit.
If anything, Like Clockwork is the closest album that resembles Villains. It's not gym music and I can't see myself putting it on for just active listening. I also don't really feel it. I don't hear much of Rated R at all. The Evil Has Landed was a killer single, so I bought the album on the power of that song alone. Nick never made the band.
I'm used t to their albums having at least 12 tracks. They're mostly people complaining, or people complaining about the complainers haha. Unfortunately, his drum parts are disappointing, as is the album as a whole. But I totally agree with you. Like you said, he's a fucking beast on the kit, and he's actually one of my favorite drummers of all time. Overall, it's a disappointing album that has 2 or 3 great songs The Evil Has Landed and Villains of Circumstance are my favorites , but the rest are mediocre. It borders on kitschy at times, though I do think the sound opens up as the album progresses.
Mo - General Discussion, Top Ten Results Tu - Top Ten Tuesday, For Your Consideration We - General Discussion Th - bi Weekly Suggestions Fr - What have you been listening to? That being said, I really liked the album, and had a blast listening to it. You'll hear it between tracks and wherever there is a quiet passage. The main riff is real good, I admit, but that by itself doesn't save the song for me. Definitely nowhere near as awesome of an opener as all of their other ones. It sounds cleaner than their other releases, but they still make it work. You can post a review, or just some general thoughts on the album and its tracks. This band is at its peak when they can blend those desert rock rhythm with genuine surprise.
This Villains production could also be described as clean and tight, but it doesn't have balls it may go deeper than just the production. The opening track is pretty meh too. Like Clockwork came out, so this album closely resembles it. Both are very unique and have made some of my favorite albums of all time, and were incredibly important to me during my formative years. Hopefully they go back to their more raw and rockin sound on the next album. The sound quality is fantastic when it's not washed out in static.