Queens of the Stone Age frontman, Josh Homme, has done it again. With the release of their seventh studio album titled Villains, the band has likely made themselves contenders for album of the year. Producer Mark Ronson, who’s to thank for smash hits like Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie”, produced the album and focused more on the groove of each song than Queens has ever had in the past. After listening to the album, it is clear that this is a change of pace for the band, and while the two were a seemingly unlikely mix, Ronson’s retro flare helped create the perfect rebirth.
The single “The Evil Has Landed” is a perfect example of this new sound, featuring shredding guitars over a tight beat. “The Way You Used To Do” takes this style even further, creating a rhythm that’s New Wave enough to be true to the band’s reputation, but funky enough to move your feet. “Head Like a Haunted House” is the most memorable track on the album, sounding straight out of a 1960’s garage bands set. Lyrically, the song is all of the Homme attitude you could ever want: “Need a hand take mine / We’re supreme, sublime / Fake apologize / Fucks in short supply..”
All in all, Queens of Stone Age surpassed any expectations fans had for new music. After their last release in 2013, this style reboot is exactly what the band needed to continue devouring the rock and new wave charts, and Homme is, yet again, a force to be reckoned with.