Them Crooked Vultures
Released: Nov 2009
Vocalist/guitarist Josh Homme, drummer Dave Grohl, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones -- now that's one hefty batch of ego, mojo and ridiculous talent. To purists, this triad of rock godliness may seem like a sign of the apocalypse; to others, it's an inevitable union of some of rock's most prominent figures. The trio's self-titled debut is sludgy, suggestive, stripped-to-the-bone raw: Zeppelin's blues and boogie get seduced by QotSA's narcotic lure, wanton sneer and heavy strut. Each member sticks to his respective role, so there are no real surprises here, just good, clean devilish rock.