Queens of the Stone Age – Queens of the Stone Age (1998)
“Rock should be heavy enough for the boys and sweet enough for the girls. That way everyone’s happy and it’s more of a party. Kings of the Stone Age is too lopsided.” – Josh Homme
The philosophy behind the band name is also appropriate as a description of the group’s musical appeal. While later records would have more accessible hits, there’s enough muscle & melody on this eponymous debut to please all camps.
Though as is often the case, if everyone’s happy, nobody’s thrilled.
QOTSA, the album, was a nice reminder in ’98 of rock’s stellar past and promising future. Superior to the alternatives at the time but by no means a benchmark for the genre, or even the band’s peak for that matter.
Homme takes care of vocals/guitar/bass and while the drummer/drumming is competent, it’s not Dave Grohl (as it would later be on Songs for the Deaf).
To paraphrase a slogan, if you don’t have Dave Grohl on drums, you don’t have Dave Grohl on drums.