12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Keeping with the theme of the album’s title, Queens of the Stone Age opened their 2000 studio long-player with the drugged-out “Feelgood Hit of the Summer,” a heavy guitar-driven mantra where lyrics like a laundry list of drugs. It’s as catchy as it is juvenile, though it was nearly pulled from Wal-Mart shelves and it hardly sets the tone for an admirable sophomore album that’s much better crafted than its opener. “The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret” dares to infuse vibraphone touches into a genre normally void of such finesse with arrangements more clever than most bands who hardly deviate from the Black Sabbath blueprint. The proggy arrangements in “Better Living Through Chemistry” reveal a band that has little interest in playing within the confining boundaries of such a genre. Mark Lanegan takes the lead vocals on “In the Fade” – he would become a full-time member of the band after releasing his own Field Songs in 2001.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Keeping with the theme of the album’s title, Queens of the Stone Age opened their 2000 studio long-player with the drugged-out “Feelgood Hit of the Summer,” a heavy guitar-driven mantra where lyrics like a laundry list of drugs. It’s as catchy as it is juvenile, though it was nearly pulled from Wal-Mart shelves and it hardly sets the tone for an admirable sophomore album that’s much better crafted than its opener. “The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret” dares to infuse vibraphone touches into a genre normally void of such finesse with arrangements more clever than most bands who hardly deviate from the Black Sabbath blueprint. The proggy arrangements in “Better Living Through Chemistry” reveal a band that has little interest in playing within the confining boundaries of such a genre. Mark Lanegan takes the lead vocals on “In the Fade” – he would become a full-time member of the band after releasing his own Field Songs in 2001.

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