Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
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Based on 34 reviews
2013 Ratings: #45 / 952
Year End Rank: #14
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Based on 502 ratings
2013 Ratings: #2
June 4, 2013 / Release Date
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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. 


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.


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


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


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.

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.

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.


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.


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

Consequence of Sound

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


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.

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).

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.

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

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.

The Skinny

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


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.

Rolling Stone

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


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.

The 405

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


...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.

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.


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.

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. 

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.

When Josh Homme added some personal and emotional touch to the fantastic hard rock sound of QOTSA, he and the band created a masterpiece

Personal track rating:
10. Keep Your Eyes Peeled
9. Kalopsia
8. The Vampyre of Time and Memory
7. I Sat by the Ocean
6. Smooth Sailing
5. My God Is The Sun
4. Fairweather Friends
3. If I Had A Tail
2. ...Like Clockwork
1. I Appear Missing

A more melancholic and darker side of QOTSA, but still beautiful and very well-made rock album. I Appear Missing is one ... read more
One of my favorite rock albums from all time. Amazing production, lyrics, feelings. Homme has made one of the most amazing rock albums from the decade.
While I know this is quite a basic choice for a favorite QOTSA record, guys I just can't help it. This album is that damn good. ...Like Clockwork is in my top three albums of the decade for its dark story-line, infectious melodies, and vulnerability. The fact that an album like this can have long heartfelt ballads with biting and saddening lyrics, mixed with upbeat confidence on other tracks baffles me.

FAVORITE TRACKS: I Appear Missing, Like Clockwork, Smooth Sailing, Fairweather Friends, My ... read more
Queens of the Stone Age present a playlist of rugged and relentlessly enjoyable tunes. It has everything from the complex and borderline depressing lyrics to the amazing riffs.

Best Tracks: I Sat By the Ocean, The Vampyre of Time and Memory, Kalopsia, Fairweather Friends, I Appear Missing
Worst Tracks: N/A
My favourite queen of the stone age album "...Like clockwork" showcase their most darkest and dispiriting to date. If you know the back story of Josh Hommne, the guy was in the blink of death while his life was spiralling out of control. What is always been impressive throughout queens of the stone age discography is josh hommne lyrics, which in this album is his strongest yet. Also note, the sonic direction of this album is very crisp and a mix of great melodies.Tracks such as ... read more
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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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Added on: April 8, 2013