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For today only you can get the MP3 album for £2.99 from Amazon. Not as good as yesterday when it was $2.99 from Amazon US but we do live in Rip Off Britain!

Ladies and gentlemen, Them Crooked Vultures the second-best band John Paul Jones has ever been in! The Led Zeppelin guys never made much of a splash in the supergroup scene, unless you're the kind of die-hard fan who still busts out those old records by the Honeydrippers or the Firm. But when John Paul Jones got the hard-rock supersession itch, he didn't mess around. For Them Crooked Vultures, he hooks up with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), two of Zep's smartest disciples. If these three 800-pound gorillas want to bash out an album as willfully weird and slapdash as Them Crooked Vultures, who can tell them not to? And if they do a song called "Elephants" where they basically crunch every riff on Led Zeppelin II into seven dizzy minutes, why not?

On Them Crooked Vultures, the three rock stars don't exactly visit the depths of Mordor. The album sticks to the sort of low-end guitar boogie that Homme and Grohl were blasting in their Camaros when they bummed their first cigarettes. The first thing you hear is Grohl's instantly recognizable drums whomping out "Nobody Loves Me & Neither Do I," as Homme plays desert-rat guitar and Jones adds a bass line as nasty as "Out on the Tiles." Homme takes almost all the lead vocals, but he doesn't try to define or dominate the songs, mostly doing lyric goofs like "Slick back my hair/You know the devil's in there."

Sometimes the music sounds exactly like Zeppelin, as on "Reptiles," a sly update of "South Bound Suarez." Other times it sounds like Queens of the Stone Age with a hot new bassist. But it's not desperately ambitious the album sounds like the good-natured quickie it probably was. Jones plays a few keyboard solos in "Mind Eraser, No Chaser" and "Scumbag Blues," and though Homme doesn't sing like Robert Plant (his upper register sounds more like Cream's Jack Bruce), he does deliver loads of Jimmy Page doppelg?er solos, just to prove he can.

Despite the fact that Jones has spent most of the past three decades doing ornate orchestral arrangements (most smashingly on R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People), he doesn't get fancy here. He puts all his mojo into forward motion, reminding you he's the bass man who helped give the world "Black Dog." But the stylistic asides here add a bit of flavor. The superbly titled "Interlude With Ludes" is a psychedelic ditty with a circus-style loop, as Homme muses, "On the good ship Lollygag/LSD and a bloody pile of rags/I hate to be the bearer of bad news/But I am." "Warsaw or the First Breath You Take After You Give Up" is a daffy eight-minute Doors tribute. And "Caligulove" is, well, a song called "Caligulove."

Homme and Grohl are old hands at this kind of thing see their excellent Zeppelin homages on the Queens' Songs for the Deaf. But they definitely seem inspired by Jonesy's presence, and he helps them keep it light. Homme and Grohl pound away like fanboys touched with the spirit, as if jamming with one of their heroes brought out their wanton side. That's what makes Them Crooked Vultures fun: It's fan fiction with a classic-rock heart.
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great album well worth the ££, heat added
Thanks-voted hot.
Excellent CD, I saw them live in Portsmouth before Christmas and there was just so much energy from the crowd, Dave (Grohl), Josh (Homme) and even John Paul Jones - A pensioner for God's sake!
Saw them last night at the RHA - excellent!
Refuse to pay for a download, was hoping it'd be on CD for double the US download price.
Saw them last night at the RHA - excellent!

Same here. Third time of seeing them. They were frickin ace as usual.

Voted hot.
red hot deal.. almost as hot as they were at the RAH last night... the JPJ solo was blinding .. top tunes
Refuse to pay for a download, was hoping it'd be on CD for double the US download price.

Hot deal but I don't like downloads either, I'd rather have the CD. Cheapest I can find it is £5.99 from Play, which is what I paid for it from CD-Wow a month or so ago. :thumbsup:
dont like this cd must be in a minority
Nice one, purchased, never actually heard more than one song, but my drum instructor keeps going on about them.

Great album, takes a few listens to get into and nowhere near as good as QOTSA, but still very good in my opinion.
Refuse to pay for a download, was hoping it'd be on CD for double the US download price.

5.99 on play
Hot deal - already have it on CD seriosuly good music.
Listened to it, and i'm not really feeling it to be honest, it sounds a bit like a jam session as opposed to actual music, might need to listen to it a couple more times. Impressive music, just not all that good to listen to.
Bargain! Good album. Nothing like QOTSA. It's like comparing them to Foo Fighters or Led Zeppelin

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