Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures - s/t (2009)

Every once in awhile a supergroup gets it right, Blind Faith did it in 1969 and Them Crooked Vultures have done it again over forty years later.

There's a beautiful mix of styles classic rock meets modern rock in a hard driving and thoroughly enjoyable marriage. It's not pretty, it's not supposed to be. But it's brilliant as it drives and chugs through No One Loves Me and Neither Do I and Mind Eraser. Grohl hasn't sounded as at home behind a drum kit in years. John Paul Jones shows he's still got the stuff that helped make Led Zeppelin such a force to be reckoned with in the seventies. And Josh Homme's guitar playing and vocals are the perfect fit in this jagged jigsaw puzzle of a band.

While some tracks are stronger than others, none of the songs on the album could be described as weak or filler. The quality of material merely varies between good, better, and best. There's no fair, mediocre, or poor to be found.

Run to the store buy it, download it, whatever... Get it, put on the headphones crank it to 11 and enjoy. This is an album that's best enjoyed the same way it was recorded, loud and in your face.

While other supergroups have fallen by the wayside and this one is still in its relative infancy, here's to hoping this is just the start of loud and long-lived musical partnership and that this is a collaboration which will prove far more successful and fruitful than many of the other supergroups that fell prey to the disease of "one and done."

Related Links
Them Crooked Vultures (Official Site)
Them Crooked Vultures (Amazon.com)
Them Crooked Vultures (wikipedia)
John Paul Jones (Official Site)
John Paul Jones (wikipedia)
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters Official Site)
Dave Grohl (wikipedia)
Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age Official Site)
Josh Homme (wikipedia)


drewzepmeister said...

Listening to the album right now! I agree that this album totally rocks! I don't I have heard David Grohl played the drums better this. JPJ sounds good as ever. Josh Homme sound better than I expected. It's a great album!

bearockr said...

I loved the tracks ! Especially, as you have mentioned, No One Loves Me and Neither Do I was awesome ! Really good drums, and the guitar riff was also quite impressive .... Great work by TCV