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  • Queens of the Stone Age might be the best rock band active today. “Songs For the Deaf,” the group’s third album, is their finest to date. That in and of itself is no small feat, as both of Queens’ previous efforts were excellent in their own right. Dave Grohl (former Nirvana drummer, now Foo Fighters singer) plays drums on “Songs…,” and his presence is most definitely felt. Homme and Oliveri, meanwhile, pieced together a record that works beginning to end. “No One Knows” is the first single. The song is very unconventional underneath, with a guitar riff generally foreign to this genre, but rocks nevertheless. “First it Giveth” and “Go With the Flow” combine mainstream rock sensibilities with a powerful, live-sounding production. The overall song-writing quality here is phenomenal. “The Sky is Fallin,” “Hangin’ Tree,” (from Desert Sessions 7/8), “Do It Again,” and “Another Love Song” are all remarkable. Production is also very true to Queen’s sound (I’ve seen them live). The end result is an album which in some ways reminds me of “In Utero,” by Nirvana, not so much for its style, but its substance. Anyone who likes rock music, be it Staind, the Vines, Linkin Park or Nickelback, should buy “Songs for the Deaf.” It may wind up being as essential as “Daydream Nation,” “In Utero,” and “OK Computer.” At the very least, its among the best of 2002…

    Posted on January 15, 2010