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Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums of the 00s Results


I noticed that I rated the following albums much lower than other voters:

Queens of the Stone Age / Songs for the Deaf

I would appreciate it if those who love one or more of these albums will point me to the songs that they consider best with (when possible) an explanation regarding why these songs are so great.

My favorite song of the decade is A Song for the Deaf : I have a huge bias toward songs in 3/4 time signature, makes me wanna waltz, but this particular one is more like an unstoppable stomper, waves crushing on you again and again, and no violence or scream is needed for that. The drum part is impressive and strongly increases this impression of the sea wrath falling upon you. It is not a gentle song at all, it's dark, but most of all it's intense (no joke on double rainbow please).

And it leads to another peak of the album, the much calmer Mosquito Song, a strange ending for such a dense and insistent album. I love how it showcases some competition between various instruments to be the softer one.

Talking about insistent, the apex of any Queens of the Stone Age live show, A Song for the Dead, is another key track. The intro and outro are here for the pogo, but what is in between is an amazing road trip (the main theme of the album) on the strange drugged chamanic highways of the mojave desert. The vocal performance of Mark Lanegan is almost as great as the one on "In The Fade" on Rated R (might be the 2nd best song of the whole Queens of the Stone Age discography) and, like in most of the album, Dave Grohl is at his best.

Lanegan and Grohl have been major actors in the success of this album, but the bassist Nick Oliveri was the crazyness factor in QOTSA first 3 albums, and you can clearly hear that in Six Shooters and You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar but I Feel Like a Millionaire. Those are mainly shots of adrenaline, but great ones.

Last but not least, the 2 main singles, No One Knows and Go With the Flow are mainly just great rock songs with a touch of the californian touch of QOTSA (not the Pacific Ocean california but the desert one). Go With the Flow is a bit more frantic (see the piano part), and the constant variations on the guitar are the magic touch.
And No One Knows, well, you know it I guess ! For me it is all about the drum and the bass, but I guess it is the main riff that made its success.

For Since I Left You, it works much better as a whole mix than on a song by song basis, but if you need to pick a song, the 2 that made our top 100 are clearly the one to choose.

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums of the 00s Results

I'm gonna tackle The White Stripes - White Blood Cells. The first thing I noticed about it is its simplicity. There is almost nothing to the songs - it really is simply drums, guitar and voice, and that raw sound really appeals to me. It's a pretty aggressive album - take the sneer with which Jack White says "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" in the first song, and it does that Pixies thing of going loud-soft-loud-soft which I find quite exhilarating. It really is a loud album at times.

But this only serves to make the good parts better - those are the songs which slow down a little bit, a bit more thoughtful, a bit more poignant. We're Going To Be Friends, and the last three songs in particular. Add to that mix the sheer fun of songs like Fell In Love With A Girl, Hotel Yorba etc, and you find that the album really packs a lot of punch in 40 minutes.

Oh and I forgot to mention Jack White's guitaring. While I'm not one to enjoy guitar solos, because they always feel like forced posturing, Jack White is another matter. His guitar solos sound like I'M GOING TO SLAY YOUR CHILDREN aggressive, and it sure is impressive.

Re: Forum Poll: The Best Albums of the 00s Results

I seize the opportunity to encourage the AMers to vote on the Stephan World Cupo poll, the last three weeks I missed many of the voters that participated on the first three (the first week of Brazil we reached 16 voters), like Henrik, Andre, Romain, sonofsamiam, Kinoftonga, Listyguy, Seanywack, Henry or Moonbeam. Come on, maybe East Asia is not the most interesting but very soon we will reach to the best part (that in my opinion is 1.2, Western Africa, great songs in there).
And of course, I got no time to participate but there are many other great games going on that I would like to encourage participation too, the 2011 Albums and Songs Polls, the Moderately Acclaimed Poll or the Unacclaimed.

Honorio, Petri, Stephan, other forum participants: It was already hard for me to plan free quality time on music listening and rating, but due to a recent change at work I can no longer actively participate in any polls. My initiative to rate songs whilest going back in time, is not going fast either (in a snail tempo I got to 1992 so far, see my documentation at RYM). It's sad but true, but I am already happy if I manage to listen to some new music material once in a while. The interest in music will always be there and remain strong, but like with all hobbies, the time spent comes in waves.

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