Them Crooked Vultures

16 11 2009

Them Crooked VulturesThe music of “Them Crooked Vultures” is different to say the least. Filled with surreal riff-based melodies, this Supergroup of Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones, and Josh Hommes is bringing a classic sound back, with a few twists and turns. Josh Hommes taste for the strange can be recognized right off the bat. With a voice that can be comparable to Serj Tankian of SOAD, Hommes guides the listener through a path of catchy melodies that will, without a doubt, have these songs stuck in your head. Dave Grohl once again has come through with simplistic, eclectic drumlines to flow perfectly with the driving basslines that Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones walks through the songs.

Although I wish I could compare this band to any others there is just no band that would fit the bill. This power trio has noticable influences that range anywhere from the chunky chords Nirvana, Dave Grohl’s original band, to the strange one of a kind vibes from Queens of the Stone Age, Hommes’ and Grohl’s previous band, to the riff based guitar lines of Led Zeppelin, JPJ’s first act.

Each song on the album is unique, yet they all have a similar flow to them. Every song on the album stands out in it’s own right, but a few songs take the cake and stand out the most.

“Elephants” starts as a riff-based pyschodelic jam that could only be related to that of Radio Moscow or Led Zeppelin.  After a few minutes of intense, in your face guitar/bass riffs with heavy snare, it jumps into a blissful pyschodelic slow ride. Hommes’ voice can soars above the backing instruments, and is more similar to his days in The Eagles of Death Metal.

“Warsaw or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up” is completely worth the 7:50 that will be taken up from your life. With a dirty, grimey introduction, it manages to jump out at the listener with a carnival organ and backing chorus. After a few minutes, the tempo increases, and Homme’s runs off with the song, letting the listener chase the guitar along with Grohl and and JPJ.

Final Score: 8.5/10.0
Review By Mike