Pretty good album overall. I do have to say that the last third of the album isn’t as good as the first two, but overall great album. Way more bangers than a Queens of the Stone Age album, with less filler. That was always my problem with QOTSA, they had a few amazing tracks on an album, and some forgettable ones. It didn’t matter that much, except for when you can’t fit all the music you want in your ipod. This album doesn’t have any forgettable ones, just maybe two or three songs that aren’t up to par.
Not a fan of the Foo Fighters [I have to give their earlier albums a better effort though], so I can’t really make a comparison there, and this stuff’s too different from Zeppelin to make a real comparison either.
I’ve only gone through the whole album twice though, and a lot of the first half I’d had more time to listen to, so maybe the last third will grow on me. Ut’s just good to have bands like this. Too many hard rock/metal bands these days overdo things: playing too fast, to many/long guitar solos, annoying overreaching singers etc. This band (and QOTSA before them) is not one of those groups.
BTW too bad the new Arctic Monkeys album wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. They had Josh Homme producing, and said they were trying to incorporate some influence from Black Sabbath on their album. I figured as long as they didn’t slow down their riffs too much, Josh Homme and the Arctic Monkeys would equal a win, but oh well.