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Queens of the Stone Age's eighth album is raw and predictable, but reminds us exactly why they've been such an enduring part of the US rock 'n roll canon.
It's been a dark few years for QOTSA frontman Josh Homme. Wrecked by a custody battle with his wife and a simultaneous cancer scare, he also lost his old bandmate Mark Lanegan, who passed away last year. So his response is to make a record that's heavier and darker than anything in the band has recorded in the recent past - it's still the band you know and love, but there's a bit more grit around the edges and a lot more emotion.
Thankfully, superproducer Mark Ronson, who produced 2017's 'Villains', is nowhere to be found. 'In Times New Roman' is completely self-produced, and benefits from it immensely. The band sound almost as vibrant here as they do on stage, blazing through corrosive cuts like 'Emotion Sickness' and 'Carnavoyeur' (they like puns) with unstoppable energy. If you're already familiar with the QOTSA canon this won't surprise you much, but it's like a McDonalds breakfast: reliable as hell.