...Like Clockwork is the 6th studio album from American rock band Queens of the Stone Age, released in June 2013.
The album had a rough recording process. It lasted from August 9, 2012 till March 9, 2013. During its hectic recording process, the band's longtime drummer Joey Castillo had departed.
The album was described by lead member Josh Homme as "documenting the journey of moving forward".
It was a huge critical / commercial success upon release, peaking at No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart & No. 1 in the US Billboard 200.
Man... what an experience! This album live up to its title at being a whirlwind of emotions, from tough to vulnerable and empty.
That artwork is an intriguing one. Maybe it represents a love that feels overpowered by danger & a sense of threat that's keeps that love from blossoming into something special.
The production throughout here is highly impactful, with its drums being punchy and the guitar riffs having this harrowingly raw edge to them.
The overall themes of it deal with obsessions of loneliness as well as the dark sides of love. There's a strong tonal balance to go with how this album deals with it.
Sometimes you can feel tough & get the urge to rock out to the overall energy, but then there's other times where you just feel melancholic and drainded by its raw nature.
By the time you reach the end of the album, you're reduced to a vulnerable shell of your former self as its restrained piano sound & potent, complex lyricism hit you like a ton of bricks.
...Like Clockwork is a complex, emotional album dealing with love & loneliness that's hits you hard with it's raw overall sound & vulnerable lyricism that sticks with you for a while .
|1||Keep Your Eyes Peeled / 94|
|2||I Sat By the Ocean / 96|
|3||The Vampyre of Time and Memory / 95|
|4||If I Had a Tail / 94|
|5||My God Is the Sun / 95|
|6||Kalopsia / 92|
|7||Fairweather Friends / 96|
|8||Smooth Sailing / 90|
|9||I Appear Missing / 99|
|10||...Like Clockwork / 100|