Yes, this is, without a doubt the best QOTSA album. Breaking away from the previous album which was quite boring ( almost every song sounds the same ) , Rated R has an unique appeal to it. Starting off with “Feel good hit of the summer” and it’s simple but heart felt message (someone that spends 2m43s singing “Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol, c-c-c-c-c-cocaine” really likes it!!), passing through great songs like “Monsters in the parasol”, “Leg of lamb”, “Auto pilot” and so on, you get a sense that although the core of the band lies in Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, QOTSA is nothing but a bunch of friends gathered around to play great music and share experiences and sensibilities. Unlike “Songs for the deaf” and it’s visceral appeal, “Rated R” has more of hallucinogenic side to it and that makes it a great trip. Excellent record, worthy of every cent. A must have and a must hear, over and over. And then again.