Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
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Based on 34 reviews
2013 Ratings: #46 / 958
Year End Rank: #17
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Based on 710 ratings
2013 Ratings: #1
June 4, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

As if he’s following the path laid down by so many of his ’70s rock heroes, Homme is entering a new decade with a crisp, borderline robotic update of his band’s sound. 

90
AllMusic

Homme has marshaled all of his strengths on ...Like Clockwork and has found a way forward, a way to deepen his music without compromising his identity.

90
Sputnikmusic

With all its sonic diversity, consistency and precision, ...Like Clockwork is an impressive step in the right direction.

90
DIY

It should go without saying but it needs to said: this is an intricate, jarring and complicated piece of work and is undeniably brilliant.

90
NME

The crap filter has been whacked up to 11 and the groove-o-tron set to interstellar for the band’s slickest offering to date.

90
No Ripcord

All the personalities put themselves in the background to let the songs shine and the moods are laid out in such a manner with the music that the flow is nearly perfect. ...Like Clockwork is easily the best release from the band since Songs for the Deaf.

90
The Needle Drop

With ...Like Clockwork, Queens of The Stone Age pulls together their dreariest album yet, but don't forget to deliver plenty of badass alt rock numbers in the process.

89
Paste

It’s the one of the best QOTSA records to date. It also might be the first rock release of the dystopian blog-eat-blog era capable of recapturing the idea of music as a shared experience—that is, there are a lot of people waiting to get their ears in it.

80
musicOMH

Despite the distinct swerve in direction, there are still numerous killer blows to be found on …Like Clockwork.

80
Consequence of Sound

 …Like Clockwork is one of the year’s finer rock albums — an exercise in songwriting, production, and musicianship.

80
Spin

This is tension, then more tension, then even more tension on the chorus until your subconscious has been thoroughly scrambled; only then does release come, usually in the form of a gnarled guitar solo.

80
FACT Magazine

There is something to be said of a band that can tap so many musical icons without ceding the spotlight or deviating from a plan of action: this is still a Queens of the Stone Age record (with friends).

80
The Line of Best Fit

By having faith that his songwriting ability would stand up to being thrust into unchartered musical territory, he’s overseen the making of a tight album that has a cohesiveness that belies how open it is to new – and genuinely exciting – ideas.

80
Beats Per Minute

Now on the other side of forty, this is QOTSA as weary of mortality as they’ve ever been. They also sound as vital, forceful and rough around the edges as they have in over a decade

80
The Fly

The real magic here is that, despite expanding their sonic remit further than ever, Queens Of The Stone Age are still the same peerless band, indebted only to themselves.

80
The Skinny

A mature, heart-on-sleeve epic, and an acute reminder that we’re still in the midst of a master.

80
Exclaim!

With Mark Lanegan and even former bass player Nick Oliveri contributing as well, there's been much talk of a return to the Songs for the Deaf-era line-up and, some fans hoped, sound. That's not the case, but …Like Clockwork is definitely their best offering since that paranoid classic.

80
Rolling Stone

Make no mistakes, though: . . . Like Clockwork still runs on Homme's grizzled-dude-against-the-world intensity

80
FasterLouder

I called them solid and dependable previously and that sense of solidness is the first thing that comes across on ...Like Clockwork. They are a Volvo of a band, reliable, they will not let you down.

75
The 405

...Like Clockwork, despite its troubled genesis and dark subject matter, sounds rejuvenated and triumphant.

73
Pitchfork

...Like Clockwork simply foregrounds an aspect that’s been lingering in the Queens’ music since the beginning: beneath all that volcanic riffage, Homme has always been a sucker for a pretty pop song.

70
Drowned in Sound

It's not entirely successful, but also it's far from a failure - and it's certainly a unique piece of art that shouldn't be dismissed after the first or second listen.

70
PopMatters

This is a record that feels more loose and laid-back, which is appropriate for a group that’s getting back together after a few years off.

65
Under The Radar

...Like Clockwork is an irreverent turn for the ever-irreverent Queens, and I don't mind at all the ambitious, new, not-so-Queens ideas. But perhaps a little minimalism—not stretching so many of those ideas to close to or more than five minutes—would make this an infinitely more enjoyable ride. 

58
Pretty Much Amazing

These minor virtues aside, …Like Clockwork is a droning, incoherent endeavor, and it simply doesn’t reward the attention it’s asking for.

Atrocityblubber
100
Edit: well i was wrong it actually took 3

If i know myself this could be a 10 in 2 days lol

But seriously this album is beautiful it's QOTSA masterpiece despite having songs for the deaf but this album is gritty but very beautiful with tracks like kalopsia and espically the ending track which is also the title track and also very fun with the riffs and the production overall a fucking amazing album and one of the best rock albums of this decade
thebibleparttwo
100
can i love something this much?
notbuzzzila
91
EDIT (7/14/19): PHENOMENAL

Oh shit. This album's grown on me a lot. I think I Appear Missing was the track that made everything click--that song is such a monumental experience, yet it lasts only 3 minutes. It had me thinking a lot about QOTSA in general, but this album in particular always came back into my mind. Eventually, I caved and listened to it once again. Oh yeah, you better believe this is one of their best albums ever. Top 3, for sure. I'll probably write a full review for this ... read more
zachthesnack
100
This may have passed Black Parade as my favorite concept album just because every song is do consistently good and likeable. You get a lot of different moods and flavors while still sticking to one base theme which I find highly enjoyable. If I Had A Tail is becoming one of my personal favorite songs and who doesnt love I Sat By The Ocean and I Appear Missing. Smooth Sailing is really ghe only song I dont absolutely love and I believe that Kalopsia is highly underrated as a song.

10/10 play ... read more
Brendo
95
So many super catchy bops.
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Track List

  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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