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Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R (2019 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)

Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R (2019 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)

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Released on 6 June 2000, Rated R is the second studio album by Queens of the Stone Age. It was the band’s first album to feature bassist Nick Oliveri and vocalist Mark Lanegan.

Rated R was a commercial success and became the band’s breakthrough album, peaking at No. 54 in the UK and eventually being certified gold by the BPI. Two singles were released from the album: The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret and Feel Good Hit of the Summer, with the former helping the band reach mainstream popularity.

Rated R was also critically acclaimed, with many critics and fans citing it as their best album to date. Steve Huey from AllMusic said ‘R is mellower, trippier, and more arranged than its predecessor, making its point through warm fuzz-guitar tones, ethereal harmonies, vibraphones, horns, and even the odd steel drum. That might alienate listeners who have come to expect a crunchier guitar attack, but even though it’s not really aggro, R is still far heavier than the garage punk and grunge that inform much of the record. It’s still got the vaunted Arizona-desert vibes of Kyuss, but it evokes a more relaxed, spacious, twilight feel, as opposed to a high-noon meltdown. Mark Lanegan and Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees both appear on multiple tracks, and their band’s psychedelic grunge – in its warmer, less noisy moments – is actually not a bad point of comparison.’


Track Listing

Side One

  1. Feel Good Hit of the Summer
  2. The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
  3. Leg of Lamb
  4. Auto Pilot
  5. Better Living Through Chemistry
  6. Monsters in the Parasol
  7. Quick and to the Pointless

Side Two

  1. In the Fade
  2. Tension Head
  3. Lightning Song
  4. I Think I Lost My Headache
  5. Ode to Clarissa


Producer: Chris Goss, Josh Homme

Format: Vinyl / 12” Album

Label: Polydor

Catalogue No: 810855

Barcode: 0602508108556

Release Date: 22 Nov 2019

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