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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that ...Like Clockwork is the sixth studio album by Queens of the Stone Age. Much of the material was conceived by singer Josh Homme during a major depressive spell, and while the album is dark and brooding, moments of beauty and clarity peek through. ...Like Clockwork boasts an impressive roster of guest talent, including previous QOTSA contributor Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters on drums, as well as Elton John, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor, Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, and Brody Dalle of The Distillers. There is some strong language, including "s--t," "f--k," and "hell," and several lyrics that touch on drugs, alcohol, and sex, most notably on "Fairweather Friends" and "Smooth Sailing." Aside from those two iffy songs, the album is tame enough for teens.
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What's the story?
...LIKE CLOCKWORK is Queens of the Stone Age's sixth studio album and their first release in six years. Singer Josh Homme was inspired to write new songs when he was bedridden for four months after knee surgery and battling a major depressive episode. This record aptly captures his sense of isolation and despair. The band, joined here by Dave Grohl on drums and other artists including Elton John and Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, are softer and more subdued than on previous albums, practicing restraint in deference to Homme's dark lyrical subject matter.
Is it any good?
...Like Clockwork is softer than the bombastic hard rock QOTSA is known for, and it touches upon a more reflective side of Homme's songwriting. Rich lyrical imagery and densely packed guitar-rock are infused with elements of pop ballads and metal, resulting in a more subdued and complex album than other QOTSA releases. Ultimately ...Like Clockwork captures the band at their tightest and most affecting, and it's an engaging listen from beginning to end.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how depression drives art. Can you think of other artists who've famously been fueled by periods of despair?
Queens of the Stone Age is joined by a number of guest artists. Can you hear Elton John's contribution to this album? What about Alex Turner, Trent Reznor, or Jake Shears?
What do you think the title ...Like Clockwork means in the context of the album?