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Them Crooked Vultures: Them Crooked Vultures

Them Crooked Vultures avoids the trap of being merely &ldquo;the sum of its members&rsquo; most famous bands,&rdquo; said Steven Hyden in <em>The</em> <em>Onion.</em>

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“Laced with twists in tempo and mood,” and chock-full of “nasty riffs and sticky melodies,” Them Crooked Vultures’ self-titled debut is a “real, real gone” hard-rock adventure, said Greg Kot in the Chicago Tribune. The trio of Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, and John Paul Jones—who was once in a band called Led Zeppelin—certainly can deliver the crunch. But it also has a decided “taste for the strange,” as evidenced in the “psychedelic slow dive” of tunes such as “Elephants” and “Scumbag Blues.” Them Crooked Vultures avoids the trap of being merely “the sum of its members’ most famous bands,” said Steven Hyden in The Onion. And the results are “a hell of a lot of fun.” The most thrilling moments come when these three “supremely gifted musicians” create dynamic songs “built on simple riffs that sound like they were made up on a lark five minutes earlier.”

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