CD Reviews: Queens of the Stone Age

It’s a master stroke: a hard(ish) rock band hires a producer (Mark Ronson) best known for his funky, dancefloor and chart-topping work with artists such as Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse and Adele.

The result is QOSA’s Villains, an upbeat, taut beast that boasts four-on-the-floor disco beats (Feet Don’t Fail Me), glorious hand-clapped syncopation (The Way You Used To Do) and banks of synths (Un-Reborn Again), all of which wrestle and wind within fluid electric guitar riffs and one of the most dexterous rhythm sections in rock as frontman Josh Homme turns his ruminations on mortality into a defiant celebration of the joy of the here and now.

• Queens of the Stone Age. Villains. Matador.

• Five stars (out of five)

Single download: The Way You Used To Do
For those who like: David Bowie, Iggy Pop, T-Rex

— Shane Gilchrist

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