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Queens of the Stone Age: Rated R Deluxe Edition

Interscope/Ume

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The second Queens of the Stone Age album was a disappointment for old-school Kyuss fans when it arrived in 2000 with stunning melodies instead of a snarl. Every hook, riff, song title and lyrical phrase on this 10-year anniversary deluxe reissue of Rated R tells a story, while smoothing out the group's desert rock origins. "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" is a juvenile but addictive inventory of recreational party favors, and 10 years later the album's hits, "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" and "Monsters in the Parasol," offer rich nostalgia. "I Think I Lost My Headache" is a swirling dirge that foreshadows how much mass appeal QOTSA would muster while keeping it real. Disc 2 features B-sides and covers of Kinks and Romeo Void songs, along with a 2000 Reading Festival performance, but the proper album is the only essential part of this deluxe reissue, and Rated R has aged to perfection.

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