Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age made the album Villains as an album you could dance to, an album you could get groovy to. He even brought Mark Ronson on board, of Uptown Funk fame, to ensure we’d all be dancing. But to keep talking about how your new album is all about dancing, well, it isn’t all that different from saying your next album will be more song based. And besides, Josh, I was already dancing…
The aggression has been neutered, the grooves have been pumped up, and the drums have been murdered. The single ‘The Way You Used To Do’ sets the overall tone, a tone which is nothing like Songs For The Deaf, nothing like Lullabies To Paralyze, nothing like Eras Vulgaris, but then none of these albums were all that much alike either Villains is just another angle on how sludgy guitars can sound alongside Josh Homme’s forever falsetto.
Whilst forcing a dance album on us might not provide the right amount of actual desired dancing, there are moments in Villains which are as killer a scene as past works. The opener ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me’ starts with menacing ambience, and distant guitars, as if brushing off the near death experience sounds of ‘…Like Clockwork’ before moving into some dirty Them Crooked Vultures-esque riffage, and ‘The Evil Has Landed’ towards the end will scratch that nerve itch for those after a little of that noise they once knew.
Not quite lost to the Ronson.