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Them Crooked Vultures - Album Review
Review by Szaladin, November 11th 2009, 17:47:26
Them Crooked Vultures - Self-Titled

Well, well, well. Them Crooked Vultures, a rather exotic mixture of band members...
This newly formed supergroup is about to release their new album on the 17th of November, but the whole album is up as full length-preview on Youtube (check the link below). So let's take a listen!

Firstly, some info on the band.
Them Crooked Vultures consists of the following members:

- Josh Homme (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal); vocals and guitar

- Paul John Jones (Led Zeppelin); bass guitar

- Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters); drums

Now what can possibly go wrong with this bunch of musicians?

The self titled album is sounding pretty straight - almost no synthetic sounds or anything. There is a lot of blues rock in there (Scumbag Blues, Elephants), but the stoner rock influence is undenialable.
The opener kicks off in a groovy stile, climaxing in an awesome guitar/ bass riff that makes your head nodding to the rhythm instantly.
Some of the songs have a psychedelic touch with fast sliding guitars and fast paced drums. At some moments, you thing you're right into the Led Zeppelin zone, if you're familiar with groovy guitar riffs and straight bass lines.
However, it's not hard to get into the mood of most of the tracks, only one or two are to be 'discovered' until you feel the groove in them.

Of course, you need to like Josh Homme's vocal style and the fast paced, rumbling rhythms. But if you're familar with his QOTSA work that won't be a problem. But on some tracks it even reaches Clapton-like spheres (Scumbag Blues).
Dave Grohl and Paul Jones are contributing backing vocals on some of the songs - and that's not really a bad thing to be frank.

Grohl's drumming is awesome and always fits in, there are some nice drum tracks there (New Fang).

When you listen to the bass lines (that move in the background when you listen to the songs for the first times) you'll find some really nice music work there. May it just support the vocals or create a fat sonic wall of sound (New Fang, No One Loves me & Neither Do I).

After a few listens there are some tracks you will replay over and over again; so there are other tracks that are not as mind blowing. However, there is practically no really bad track on this record.

Some tracks you should certainly check out:

No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
Blows right around 3:00min. Rocks.

New Fang
The first single, nice composition. Makes you wanting to move awkwardly while headbanging.

Old school guitar, nice.

Scumbag Blues
Groovy, nice riff. The end is somewhat psychedelic.

Check the backing vocals. Very catchy.
The band's members

The CD's cover

>Official Site
>TCV MySpace
>YouTube Channel (all songs as full length-preview up there)
How readers rate this Review: 9.5/10 (6 votes)
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