By Lane Oliver
In the years in between the recording sessions of a Queens of the Stone Age record, it always seems like the band spends that time crafting a new incarnation of themselves. Every subsequent album since their self-titled debut has shown the Queens manifesting themselves in a slightly different way each time while still maintaining their signature fuzzy, stoner/alternative rock sound. Their 2007 album Era Vulgaris marked the band’s biggest departure from their humble, desert rock beginnings in favor of a vile, distorted, uneasy and psychedelic sound that was completely brash compared to their previous efforts. It’s been six years since that beast of an album and every Queens fan in the universe has been writhing in anticipation of what the band will do next. …Like Clockwork is the result of a six year silence and marks their biggest departure, even by Era Vulgaris standards, from their core sound. …Like Clockwork can also be labeled as Queens of the Stone Age’s most ambitious and varied release to date, and probably one of the better rock releases this year.
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