Queens of the Stone Age: Villains review – Mark Ronson’s playfulness lightens the load


“It’s your seventh record – who cares?!” asked Josh Homme of QOTSA’s Villains. An attempt to answer that question led his heavy rock crew to the door of Uptown Funk and Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson. The result is not “QOTSA go pop”, but Ronson’s fresh ears do bring out the playfulness in their mean and muscular, feline and sensual sound, adding an extra-rubbery bounce to their rhythms on the likes of The Way You Used to Do. Homme plays up to the high jinks, bringing a Cramps-like Hammer horror theatricality to Head Like a Haunted House. It’s a bold, fun gamble, and one with ample winnings.

Watch the video for The Way You Used to Do by Queens of the Stone Age.


Emily Mackay

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Queens of the Stone Age: …Like Clockwork – review

Josh Homme is back for a sixth Queens outing with a host of guest stars and a broody new mindset, writes Kitty Empire

Kitty Empire

01, Jun, 2013 @11:05 PM

Article image
Sing Backwards and Weep by Mark Lanegan review – eye-popping trip
The singer-songwriter’s memoir is a harrowing but often hilarious chronicle of addiction and regret

Kitty Empire

11, May, 2020 @6:00 AM

Article image
Thor: Ragnarok review – humour lightens another load of Marvel
New Zealand director Taika Waititi injects a welcome sense of fun to this latest effects-laden instalment of superhero antics

Wendy Ide

29, Oct, 2017 @8:00 AM

Article image
Queens of the Stone Age – review

Back after a life-threatening operation, Josh Homme sounds immense, writes Graeme Virtue

Graeme Virtue

18, Nov, 2013 @1:56 PM

Article image
The Stone Roses review – a vast house party
They’re still riding their reunion wave on the strength of two new songs, but seeing the Roses live these days is more about the fans than the band

Damien Morris

19, Jun, 2016 @7:59 AM

Article image
Queens of the Stone Age: Villains review – Josh Homme's desert vikings beef up their myth
Their self-image may be cartoonishly macho, but there are sweet and supple melodies galore on this Mark Ronson-produced seventh album

Michael Hann

24, Aug, 2017 @2:01 PM

CD: Queens of the Stone Age, Era Vulgaris

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

Jaimie Hodgson

19, May, 2007 @11:47 PM

Article image
Mark Lanegan Band: Gargoyle review – a career high

Phil Mongredien

30, Apr, 2017 @7:00 AM

Article image
Angie Stone: Covered in Soul review – one for completists only

Michael Cragg

07, Aug, 2016 @7:00 AM

Article image
Christine and the Queens: Chris review – the triumph of a slick character
In her new guise as the lustful Chris, Héloïse Letissier harnesses 80s funk to grapple with gender and identity on her ambitious second album

Kitty Empire

23, Sep, 2018 @7:00 AM