Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age (3 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age

Reissued 1998 self-titled debut album is doused in swagger

(Rekords Rekords)

Josh Homme is the king of cool. He has the rockstar wife (Brody Dalle, formerly of The Distillers), he makes smoking less fatality and more finesse, and, of course, he is the ginger Elvis. This reissue of Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut album goes back to his post-Kyuss days of 1998 when perhaps he wasn’t quite so hip, but the music is most certainly doused in swagger. ‘Hispanic Impressions’ is an engrossing instrumental, vagabond in nature, whilst the barbed ‘The Bronze’, one of the reissue’s exclusives, manages to convince any doubters that maybe, just maybe, reissues aren’t entirely futile exhibitions of cash-snatching or egotism.

Queens of the Stone Age

Josh Homme brings his hip'n'heavy rock'n'roll band round again.

Manchester Arena

Sun 19 Nov

£25–£40 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 21 Nov

Sold out / 0844 856 0202

With BRONCHO.

The SSE Arena, Wembley

Sat 18 Nov

£41.50–£50.25 / 0844 815 0815

With BRONCHO.

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