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...Like Clockwork

Queens Of The Stone Age

...Like Clockwork

LabelMatador / Beggars Group
VertriebIndigo
VÖ-Datum31.5.2013

Eigentlich war ...Like Clockwork schon für das vergangene Jahr angekündigt. Doch Schwierigkeiten ist Josh Homme gewohnt und so brachte ihm die Kündigung Joey Castillos nur eine Verzögerung ein. Er hat Schlimmeres überstanden. Schließlich musste er während einer gemeinen Knieoperation nach einem 48-sekündigen Herzstillstand wieder ins Leben geholt werden. Was macht da schon die Suche nach Ersatz? Letzten Endes konnte Homme gar Musiker wie Elton John gewinnen, um mit ihm ein Teil des neuen Queens Of The Stone Age Albums zu werden. Und Dave Grohl steht immer in vorderster Front, wenn Homme ruft und Unterstützung braucht. So auch beim sechsten Album der Band, das mit namhaften Mitwirkenden aufwarten kann.

Das Genie lässt sich feiern. Denn nach dem sagenhaften Debüt Queens Of The Stone Age konnten die Nachfolgealben die Energie nie wieder in gleichem Maße aufnehmen. Das Vorhaben bzw. die Vorhaben, jemals an diesen Klassiker anknüpfen zu können, scheint endgültig ad acta gelegt. Aggressionen früherer Dimensionen gehören der Vergangenheit an - selbst der Dauerstreit scheint zwischen Nick Oliveri und ihm beigelegt zu sein, der neben vielen Gastmusikern (Mark Lanegan, Elton John, Jake Shears, Alex Turner u.a.) zu hören ist. Ab jetzt stellt Josh Homme dem Stoner- den Classic-Rock an die Seite und lässt seinen Projektausflug Them Crooked Vultures an Einfluss gewinnen. Und er erschafft mit dieser Loslösung ganz nebenbei das zweitbeste QOTSA-Album einerseits und das homogenste Album andererseits, obwohl sich ... Like Clockwork zwischen Balladen, Bowie-Popsongs und gewohnten Midtempo-Brechern bewegt. Die Mischung überzeugt. Schliefllich will sich kein Song als Füller outen. Selbst das für QOTSA-Verhältnisse als Powerballade anmutende Kalopsia arbeitet hart für seinen berechtigten Platz neben neuen Klassikern wie das schleppende Keep Your Eyes Peeled, dem Queens-typischen I Sat By The Ocean, dem Kracher My God Is The Sun, dem cool-groovenden Smooth Sailing und dem Retro-Rocker Fairweather Friends, bei dem besagter Elton John auf die Tasten haut.

Homme scheint darüberhinaus wandlungsfähiger zu werden, überzeugender im Gesang zu sein als er es je war. Dieser wirkt präziser auf jene Gefühlswelten der Songs ein und bewegt sich zwischen gebrochenem Ego und eiskaltem Brecher. Und zudem schreibt er über einer stampfenden, geradlinig-zickigen Grundlage die beste Gesangsmelodie (If I Had A Tail) seiner Songwritergeschichte. Diese Kombination(en) führen zu einem ...Like Clockwork, das einen nachhaltigeren Eindruck hinterlassen wird als es die vorherigen vier Alben schaffen konnten.

Tracklist:
  1. Keep Your Eyes Peeled
  2. I Sat By The Ocean
  3. The Vampyre Of Time And Memory
  4. If I Had A Tail
  5. My God Is The Sun
  6. Kalopsia
  7. Fairweather Friends
  8. Smooth Sailing
  9. I Appear Missing
  10. ...Like Clockwork
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