So if you go back a few years then you’d find some of the best music videos out there. Videos that where creative and interesting and even sometimes had a narrative or a story. With most of the modern music videos that I’ve seen as of late they all seem to just be the artist/band talking into a camera with little to no creativity on show.
While I’ll admit there are some interesting music videos out there from artists like OKGO it almost feels like the videos are the main focus and the music is an afterthought. OKGO’s most recent video, Obsession, feels like the idea for a video was produced first and then the music was produced with the idea of the video being taken as the main focus. The song is good don’t get me wrong but it feels like a step in the wrong direction when the music feels sub-par to the idea behind the video.
Looking back a few years there are a few videos that I like to show as an example of fantastic videos that not only are creative but work well with the song paired with them. One of those song would be Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim.
Not only does this videos show a level of creativity that isn’t really shown in this day and age but the videos also match along with the songs. Weapon of Choice is a upbeat dance track that puts you in the mood for moving and is a brilliant song to put on for getting you in a good mood and this passes on to the music video. Seeing Christopher Walken flying around an abandoned hotel lobby just puts a smile on my face and fits the up beat tone of not only the song but the video that goes with it.
While I feel that music videos aren’t a dead art, the offerings over the past few years have felts rather stagnant to say the least. While there are a few offerings from a couple of bands that stand out against the crowd, I’m still looking for that one band to blow me out of the water with both a fantastic music video that fits perfectly with the song. Once I find it, I’ll be sure to talk about it.
So with Queens of the Stone Age having published a new album over a week ago now I’ve had ample time to sit down, listen to it and base my opinion on something other than first impressions. While the first impression of something is important, it’s very easy to find something brilliant when you first hear it, but then you’ll notice things over time that might alter your thoughts on something, hence the long wait time for me posting this.
With the 9 songs that make up the album I feel that there is sadly more filler than there is solid quality content. The songs in question are Feet Don’t Fail me Now, Head like a Haunted House & Villains of Circumstance. These 3 songs are the ones that so far after listening to the album for over week now are the only ones that really stand out to me and it’s a bit disappointing that I only really love 3 songs from the album.
The other songs are by no means not enjoyable to listen to. I’ve gladly had the whole album on loop and will continue to do so in hopes that my thoughts might be swayed on the album as a whole rather than the individual songs
One thing that I am pleased about is how the involvement of Mark Ronson hasn’t turned the album into a massive pop-fest. My initial worry about him being involved with the production of the album was dropped after listening to the album as a whole for the first time. Villains definitely gives off that QotSA vibe that you only seem to get from them. The music they produce is unique and I’m glad they still produce the high quality music that they do.
I feel my opinion on Villains is being altered considerably by how much I loved Like Clockwork… as I feel the whole album is one of the strongest that QotSA have published out of all of their albums. In time I may alter my thoughts but it’s going to take some more listening to really see how things pan out. But, with Trivium bringing out a new album in October, there might not be much time left for Villains to make it’s mark.
Queens of the Stone Age are a band that I’ve enjoyed listening to for quite some time now. I’ve found some of the previous albums and singles they’ve put out fit rather well into the weird list of bands that I enjoy. With this being said when the video for their new album Villains was posted I was excited to the point where I was watching that video over and over just to listen to the small snippet of Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, however while having the video on loop there was one part that I was a little worried about.
During the video they let loose the information that the album was being produced along side Mark Ronson who is quite the name to work along and has put out some fantastic songs with a large range of artists of the years. My issue that is that Mark Ronson seems to be more in with the Pop crowed rather than the hard/alt rock that I’d slot QotSA into.
Despite my fretting I pushed past the worry as the section of Feet Don’t Fail Me Now in the teaser was quite something to listen to and some new singles where out for me to listen to to keep me focused.
With both the new singles, the feel too poppy. Personally I feel that Mark’s influence over them has given them more of a dance/pop feel and I’m curious to see how the rest of the album compares.
This album is coming straight after what could be regarded in my eyes as one of the bands best albums yet Like Clockwork… so the contrast in styles might be a bit jarring for me however it’s clear that QotSA are going for a different feel with each album, something that I feel more bands should try as sometimes the same thing gets a bit to stale.
With only a couple days left till the album drops, it’s going to be an interesting wait to see if I find the album amazing or if I’ll have to just go with the flow…