Queens Of The Stone Age - 3's And 7's (Interscope)
UK release date: 4 June 2007
There was a track on the last Dwarves album that really put the boot into QotSA. It said something along the lines of "you slept on my floor, now I'm sleeping through your motherfuckin' records." Admittedly this had something to do with a spat between Dwarves (one time home to Nick Oliveri) and Josh Homme, but putting that to one side for a moment, I actually thought they had a point. The last QotSA album was a heavy dull affair, and hugely overrated, I know that I definitely slept through it on numerous occasions whilst desperately trying to like it.
3's & 7's is the actual single released at the same time as download only single Sick Sick Sick, and as with the virtual tune, the signs are pretty good.
A funny choice for the lead single of the two, because whereas Sick Sick Sick's monotone bulldozer affects in the same way as Feel Good Hit of The Summer, 3's & 7's is a much more complicated affair. It sets off in the classic Queens way, all bouncy rhythms and Josh Homme's gentle stoned drawl and then totally changes tack as it hits the chorus. It throws you off the first time you hear because it sounds like they've surgically grafted another song on to the verse but after a few listens it starts to fit in perfectly. It's a far more conventional rock song compared to Sick Sick Sick, but here's the thing: it rocks properly. There's a good chance I won't be viewing the new album as an opportunity to have a nap.