Them Crooked Vultures
- Henry Northmore
- 19 November 2009
It’d be foolish to try and ignore the pedigree of Them Cooked Vultures – a suitably enticing line-up of Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) – but therein lies the crux of the problem with all supergroups, you can’t help but compare their output to past glories. And while the Vultures succeed far more than most supergroups before them, you have to bear in mind this is three mates jamming and what they produce is a sleazily seductive no frills rock album.
There’s a lot to love, like the dirgy stomp of ‘No One Loves Me & Neither Do I’, the swirling ‘Interlude with Ludes’, the lascivious ‘Caligulove’ or the snarling ‘Reptiles’. TCV could never add up to the sum of their parts but what they have produced is a record of raw rock played with passion and power.
Them Crooked Vultures (RCA/Sony)