I’ll be honest: when I heard “Little Sister” a few weeks ago, I was less than impressed. I was fairly apprehensive that QOTSA were going to take the low road and produce a substandard record to satisfy their pocketbooks.
Not the case. The band sounds better than ever, even without Nick Oliveri. Some of the grit and off-the-wall strangeness is gone, and that’s probably because they don’t have Nick to open this album like he did on “Songs For the Deaf.” However, what it lacks in rawness is made up for in creativity. The songs are driving and unmistakeably QOTSA. In an industry where these guys were once the exception, and then the norm, they’ve proven themselves once more to be a step above the rest.
“Little Sister” is my least favorite song on the CD. Songs like “Everybody Knows That You’re Insane” are edgy and stay with you. The “Wolf” (not sure of the exact title) song trails off, descends into some surreal noises, and comes blazing back for a finale, staying true to the QOTSA roots.
All in all, a great album that won’t leave my CD player for quite some time.