Downloaded Queens of the Stone Age’s album Era Vulgaris.
I know it’s a common cheap trick to describe one artist as a combination of other, more familiar artists. So here’s my try:
It’s as if the Dark Crystal’s gregorian Mystics and hissing, sibilant Skeksis were united under the direction Living Color’s Vernon Reid. And they rocked out hard. (How’s that?)
We’ll see how it stands up over time but this could be my favorite album since OK Computer.
Incidentally the lead guy for QotSA, Josh Homme, is very quirky-funny, describing the album as “dark, hard and electrical, sort of like a construction worker” and apparently circulating a pre-release rumor that the album’s contibuting performers would include Erma Bombeck. There’s also a tiny clip in the song Designer which is pretty clearly sampled from Falco’s Der Kommisar.