Posted 18 May 2013 - 10:16 AM
Well, I'm very happy with this one. The layout of the tracks is spot on, each song is easily identifiable, and the contributions are noticeable (for the most part, anyway). By the way, for anyone interested, they're on Jools Holland's "...Later" this week. I haven't watched it yet so I don't know what tracks they're playing.
Personally, I've always loved QOTSA's slower paced songs so "Kalopsia" and "Like Clockwork" really stand out for me. The former is incredibly chilling and definitely gives off a whiff of Reznor's style. The latter is probably my favourite song on the album and such a brilliant choice to use as the "end credits", so to speak. "The Vampyre Of Time And Memory" is another great track that has a gorgeous yet curious bluesy feel to it.
Unfortunately, as Ash mentioned above, previous contributions were drowned out and sadly it seems history has repeated itself. I mean, as I said, you can hear Reznor's influence on "Kalopsia", but Elton John's vocals on "Fairweather Friends" are practically non-existent, as are Jake Shears' on the opening track "Keep Your Eyes Peeled", and the normally intense vocals of Brody Dalle and very noticeable tone of Alex Turner on "If I Had A Tail" are just so distant that they may as well not have even bothered. Despite that, the songs are still excellent especially the one previously mentioned. It really reminds me of the excellent track "Gunman" by Them Crooked Vultures.
I don't know, perhaps I'm being too critical or I'm simply not paying enough attention, but it seems as though some things could have been done differently. Nevertheless, it's still a very tight and professional album, nothing is half-assed whatsoever.
So, what do you guys make of it?