CD: Queens of the Stone Age, Era Vulgaris

Josh Homme's hard rockers turn their back on the mainstream

Queens of the Stone Age have come a long way since emerging, bleary-eyed, bong in hand, from the Californian desert in 1997. After four increasingly polished forays into churning, riff-driven party rock they are now model-bagging, arena-filling heroes. Album five, however, calls time on their radio-friendly years. Founder member Josh Homme's ever-catchy formula remains, but the mood is uneasy and brooding, with tracks such as 'Sick, Sick, Sick' revealing a venomous new band that's finally learned to separate business and pleasure. Gripping stuff.

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