Entering a new decade means that the best albums you loved in the previous decade are soon to be turning ten years old. Album anniversaries are interesting because they help you look at how that particular album shaped not only that band's fate, but also other music in the same era since its release.

Released June 6, 2000, Queens of the Stone Age's Rated R never made a huge impact on radio or MTV, though it did receive nearly universal praise and can now be considered an absolute stoner rock classic. It was ushered in at the same time when bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit were making an utter mockery of metal. QOTSA's Josh Homme had a hunch for writing perfectly stoned, and sometimes brilliantly melodic metal that sounded remarkably fresh, but wouldn't catch on in the ears of the public until their next masterpiece two years later, Songs For the Deaf.

Highlights of the album include the grooving Mark Lanegan sung "In the Fade" and the Björk-inspired "Better Living Through Chemistry". Here's the video for the single "The Lost art of Keeping a Secret".


Unknown said...

10 years! You are a party that makes me feel my age.

Unknown said...

And I suppose since I'm quoting lyrics from a pulp song that came out in the mid-ninties only proves the point more.

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