R

~ Release group by Queens of the Stone Age

Annotation

The album has been called both R and Rated R on the official website.

Annotation last modified on 2017-11-25 10:02 .

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
R CD 12 Interscope Records 490 683-2 606949068325
R CD 11 Interscope Records 069490683-2 606949068325
R CD 12 Interscope Records UICS-1005 4988005253750
Rated X (unknown) 13
R 2×CD 12 + 4 Interscope Records 490 863-2 0606949086329
R CD 11 Interscope Records
R CD 12 Universal Music Australia 490 683-2 0606949086329
R CD 12 Interscope Records 069490683-2 606949068325
R (Rated R (X Rated) Red Version) 12" Vinyl 12 Interscope Records 000 000-0 [none]
X 12" Vinyl 13 Interscope Records 490 864-1 0606949086411
R Digital Media 12 Interscope Records
Rated R (Deluxe Edition) 2×Digital Media 11 + 15 Interscope Records
Rated R (deluxe edition) 2×CD 11 + 15 Interscope Records B0014461-02 602527424903
2×CD 11 + 15 Interscope Records 00602527424903 602527424903

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: Lisa Ballard
Debbie Southwood-Smith
associated singles/EPs: Feel Good Hit of the Summer
The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000063796 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/3269 [info]
Wikidata: Q1267544 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Rated R (Queens of the Stone Age album) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/queens_of_the_stone_age/rated_r/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/31402 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/6qzb [info]

CritiqueBrainz Reviews

There’s 1 review on CritiqueBrainz. You can also write your own.

Most Recent

Rated R broke Queens of the Stone Age into rock's mainstream and it remains their best collection of songs. Although just a decade old, it has already assumed classic status and if the band never betters it, it'll be no failure on their part.

Like many great albums, Rated R captured the spirit of a fleeting moment in time. It felt fresh and fun, gleefully visceral without sacrificing the musical intelligence which informs everything mainman Josh Homme turns his hand to. These songs will be populating playlists long after all involved are dead and gone, and if you really need a reason to revisit their oddball delights, this double-disc deluxe edition is undoubtedly it.

Universally praised upon its initial release, Rated R blew away cobwebs spun by a decade of boy bands, girl power and pre-millennial cannibalism. In the run up to 2000, bet-hedging was rife. It was as if the entire music industry was waiting for the dawn of another century before attempting anything new. Old ideas were simply recycled ad nauseum. It was tedious.

Queens, of course, were of the 90s too and their self-titled 1998 debut borrowed from both stoner rock (which Homme had done much to shape with his former band Kyuss) and grunge, the dominant force during the first half of the decade. Although more expansive and eclectic, Rated R is cut from fundamentally the same cloth. Its magic, then, lies in the way it re-engineered its roots to form an exhilarating, high-energy fusion of styles which felt anything but tired and done to death.

Opening number Feel Good Hit of the Summer still grabs a lot of the attention although first single The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret is actually the better tune and the only one of three singles lifted from the album to chart. Other highlights include the atmospheric Better Living Through Chemistry, a haunting, heavy dirge; In the Fade, starring former Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan; and closing number I Think I Lost My Headache, a curious eight-minute mini epic.

The material featured on the bonus disc - particularly the live recordings from 2000 - simply emphasises how in-the-zone the band was at this point. Unfettered, uncluttered and utterly unique, Rated R still sounds as vital as ever.

- - -

Follow the BBC's Album Reviews service on Twitter