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Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures

J Bennett
J Bennett 30 November 2009 at 15.30

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Them Crooked Vultures have already inspired before their self-titled debut even hits the shelves...

The idea of a Josh Homme plus Dave Grohl plus John Paul Jones supergroup is an obvious winner in just about anyone’s book, but for all the diamond-hard rock ‘n’ roll boners that Them Crooked Vultures have already inspired before their self-titled debut even hits the shelves, it seems like the pains they’ve taken to defy expectations border on self-sabotage. In fact, album opener ‘No One Loves Me & Neither Do I’ almost makes fun at the assumptions such a collaboration insinuates – the main riff in the first half of the song is almost a note-for-note reproduction of ‘Skin On Skin’ from Queens’ ‘Lullabies To Paralyze’, while the one in the second half is an echo of a Jimmy Page riff that never existed. Elsewhere, potential super-rock hits lack the immediacy of QOTSA’s or the Foo Fighters’ most infectious material. Inventive and promising songs like ‘Gunman’, ‘Caligulove’ and ‘Mind Eraser, No Chaser’ are ultra-catchy in parts, giving all-too-brief tastes of the high-powered robo-soul that Homme excels at, but fail to deliver on the big rock choruses that the verses imply. Overall, the album offers flashes of undeniable brilliance (especially ‘Bandoliers’ and ‘Dead End Friends’) but few entire songs that live up to the reputations and capabilities of its makers. Then again, it’s their first outing, and it’s obvious that number two could be a monster.

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