Queens of the Stone Age Songs For The Deaf (Interscope/Universal) Rating: NN Rating: NN
Blissfully unaware that hiphop artists have already turned the between-track radio station gimmick into a tired cliché, Queens of the Stone Age jump on the worn-out shtick as a way to try to make some sense of a disparate assortment of tunes, from stoner thud to stomping Glitter rock, that could've been done by four or five different bands. The problem here is less Josh Homme's vocal limitations -- Mark Lanegan is brought in to sing the hard ones -- but that the expanded arrangements reveal that Homme can't create anything exciting with his guitar beyond a catchy riff. By tossing out the self-indulgent drivel and shaving two or three minutes of pointless repetition off the remaining tracks, Songs For The Deaf could've been a bang-up single. Queen's of the Stone Age are at the Kool Haus September 7.