By Contributor Sam Gagliardi
Queens of the Stone Age return with their seventh album, Villains, which dropped on Friday, August 25th, 2017. This album was produced with the help of DJ/Musician Mark Ronson, which really adds further narrative to the QOTSA brand. Initially we thought it would totally change their alternative sound, by adding in an electronic element to it, but we are pleased to say that the addition of Ronson has added more flavor to the mix rather than taking anything away from it.
The album opens with, “Feet Don’t Fail Me”, a track with crunchy guitars that is almost reminiscent of classic rock hits from the 80’s.
The next song, “The Way You Used To Do” is an upbeat track that makes you want to dance (we previously shared this song for Muze Monday in week 4), as it is one of our favs.
Track 3 is, “Domesticated Animals”, and in this song lead singer Josh Homme uses a lot of baritone, versus his usual falsetto style of singing. In this track especially, you can really tell that Homme has been influenced by fellow rockstar Iggy Pop, with whom he released an album with back in 2016 (Post Pop Depression).
Some iTEM favorites from the album include “Hideaway”, a song with a sexy vibe that is reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys and “Fortress” (which has a killer bassline) alongside “The Evil Has Landed”, a song that gives us a 70’s rock n’ roll feel, reminiscent of Led Zeppelin.
It’s really encouraging to hear the progression of QOTSA and Homme’s writing; to see them branch out into trying different things. The experience of working with someone as legendary as Iggy Pop has clearly left an impression, as this album has a very cool and classic rock vibe. Queens are one of the most consistent rock bands in the last fifteen years and they continue to keep their sound alive. Just like with previous albums, this one will definitely have to be listened to multiple times before this writer can make a firm opinion, but we do have to say: so far, so good Queens!
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.