Rated R (Deluxe Edition)

"Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy and alcohol/C-c-c-c-c-cocaine." With those words, Josh Homme introduced excess to a metal landscape lousy with mook thumb-suckers. Weaving the stoner rock of Homme's old band Kyuss with Blue Öyster Cult evil and scummy garage punk, 2000's Rated R was refined stuff. Homme sang surreal lines like "You've got a monster in your parasol" with a smirk, but the riffs were killer (this reissue adds a bonus disc with even-riffier live versions and obscurities). Many winking headbangers owe QOTSA a bump.

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