Lullabies to Paralyze

Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2005 Ratings: #135 / 475
User Score
Based on 486 ratings
2005 Ratings: #145
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic
The key to QOTSA's darkness is that it's delivered seductively -- this isn't an exercise in shallow nihilism, there's pleasure in succumbing to its eerie, sexy fantasies -- and that seductiveness is all musical.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Lullabies to Paralyze is quite a nice surprise amidst the silly bands parading themselves on modern rock radio. QOTSA might not be the underground's best kept secrets any longer, but with an album as strong as this, I hope everyone watching MTV takes notice on what music is really all about.

80
NME
The clue is in the question. Where ‘Songs For The Deaf’ was about jumping up and down until your eardrums burst, ‘Lullabies To Paralyze’ will use its enigmatic mysticism to lull you into a blissful daze so you don’t at first notice that the riffs have broken your neck. Better. Than. Sex.
75
Pitchfork

Lullabies to Paralyze stands as a frantic, steamrolling realization-- dynamic, twitchy, and anchored by Homme's uncompromising vision.

74
Coke Machine Glow

Lullabies to Paralyze loses points for a handful of uninspired tracks and questionable production values, but I can’t imagine anybody who’s enjoyed the Queens in the past not taking to at least half of the songs on this album.

60
PopMatters

Lullabies to Paralyze is less consistant than its predecessor, and is at times painfully boring (and frankly, could use a good dose of gimmickry), but for fans, it should offer sufficient treats for those willing to brave its meanderings.

60
Rolling Stone
Now that Homme is calling all the shots, he lacks both a manic foil to his confident cool as well as someone to rein in his inevitable deviations from what he does best: dark-chocolate rock with a soft, gooey center.
50
Drowned in Sound
‘Songs For The Deaf' worked because it had the tunes to handle the drama. It dared you to hate it at first so that it could eventually win you over, which made its triumph all the greater. But with ‘Lullabies To Paralyze' you're waiting a long time to be won over, and when it finally happens, it's far too brief.
JacksonLerner
83

following the runaway success of ‘Songs For the Dead’, dave grohl departed from Queens of the Stone Age's recording sessions. it took multiple records of experience, some massive success, and major lineup changes to cement QotSA’s vision. this is why ‘Lullabies to Paralyze’ is the first record to showcase Queens’ true sound.

josh homme is quite the desert rock veteran. counting his kyuss years, he had professionally played for nearly two decades by the ... read more

ElectricMess
70

I used to think this was my least favorite QOTSA album but I've come to the conclusion that I don't have a least favorite QOTSA album

EDIT: Nevermind those last few songs kind of lose me

21stcenturyschi
77

2002 saw the release of Queens ot the Stone Age's magnum opus, Songs for the Deaf; but how does one even follow up one of the loudest and catchiest rock albums of all time? I think that QOTSA knew it would be an impossible task, so they did the opposite and simply didn't care about topping it. Lullabies to Paralyze in comparison is a much more subtle Queens album, it isn't necessarily their most catchy record, and it works less off of visceral reaction than all of their previous works. There ... read more

JackUwU
70

The complete opposite direction from their previous which was the only way they could have done this. Pretty solid - a little bit better than their debut as well

somejoplin
86

great spooky and haunting riffs throughout, although there are some tracks that don't hit as much

fav tracks: tangled up in plaid, everybody knows that you're insane, in my head
least fav track: i never came

gamer44
100

i liek :D and the fast :D but I am love burning WITCHES! and IN THE HEAD! :D medicatio+ insane

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