Best Albums of 2013: Mid-Year Report

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‪Queens of the Stone Age‬, '. . . Like Clockwork'
Courtesy of Matador Records31/40

‪Queens of the Stone Age‬, '. . . Like Clockwork'

For the Queens' sixth album, main man Josh Homme has the band at full power, with Dave Grohl drumming on five tracks, former members Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan pitching in and eye-catching guest spots from Trent Reznor, Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner and Elton John – who volunteered as "an actual queen."

From the RS review: "Few can rain down metal decay with as much nuance and craft."

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