“Them Crooked Vultures” – The Crooked Vultures
I’ve finally finished exams, and that means I can come back to the beloved ‘Highly Evolved’ and start writing some reviews again. Over the next few weeks I’ll be going over some of my favourite albums of the past few months, as well as sharing the best new albums.
2009 has been somewhat of the year of the supergroup. Bands like Monsters of Folk and The Dead Weather have somewhat shaken the stigma associated with supergroups, in the past these bands have often failed, basically becuase there is always so much expectation on supergroups to combine and make something that is “super”, and usually the chemistry in the band is not there. But finally band has arrived that lives up to all my high expectations.
Them Crooked Vultures formed in 2009 and started touring to frenzied audiences around the world, even with the lack of any officially released material. Their self-titled album has finally landed and it definitely lives up to the feverish hype.
Them Crooked Vultures are made up of Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters and a modern day King Midas), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss) and the legendary John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin). What makes this band rock at an abnormal level, is not the personal of the band (it does help though!) but rather the chemistry and togetherness in terms of the writing and recording process. Every member’s style shines through and no-one seems to take over.
It’s similar in style to QOTSA‘s “Songs For The Deaf”, but has a classic rock ingredient that just seeps through into the music, this is somewhat expected, but there’s nothing wrong with that. The album itself is not exactly breaking any new ground, but it raises the bar for rock music and is really enjoyable to listen to.
‘Them Crooked Vultures’ is a relatively long album, at around 70 minutes it would be have been a double LP in the past, but really it shows how albums have progressed from the era when LP’s were still the format of choice. The album is split by the interlude (with ludes apparently) and while tongue in cheek it allows the listener to listen to the album in full with a bit of a musical break in the middle.
Like all great albums, there is really no bad song and every song is at a level of brilliance. “No One Loves Me & Neither Do I”, “New Fang”, “Reptiles” all have the ability to be popular songs and also receive commercial radio play time, which is rare, especially those in Australia.
2009 has not really been a year where much good rock has been released, there have been a few good albums and even a few really good albums, but overall they have been sparse. Them Crooked Vultures rises above the rest of the rock albums of 2009 and is surely going to be seen as one of the best supergroups of all time.
Get onto this album, whatever music you prefer, because it is a brilliant album, and may even make my list of 100 best albums of the decade (coming soon…).
Standout Tracks: No One Loves Me & Neither Do I, New Fang, Reptiles, Spinning in Daffodils