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Them Crooked Vultures – s/t

DGC/Interscope

With Queens of the Stone Age main man Josh Homme on guitar Foo Fighter Dave Grohl on drums and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones on bass and keyboard Them Crooked Vultures has a lineup that’s kept rock fans drooling since rumours of the band surfaced in 2005. The trio’s self-titled debut doesn’t disappoint. Homme’s influence is felt the most but between Grohl’s mind-blowing drumming and the band’s willingness to get the Led out there is enough smirking boogie and heavy riffage to keep fists pumping — they can strip things down to their most intense simplicity or prog things up into eight-minute epics.

You could argue that some of the songs are overcomplicated for no good reason that there are too many competing solos or that Grohl is just showing off his chops but that would be missing the point of the album. It’s about excess exhilaration and the sheer joy of pinning the needle in the red. The term supergroup is thrown around a lot; Them Crooked Vultures is one of the few bands that actually deserves it.

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