Queens Of The Stone Age consistently put out solid rock albums which is a really hard thing to do these days. Honestly, how many modern rock bands have done this in recent memory? Anyways, "Rated R" is their breakout album and in my opinion their best. While it may be "Songs For The Deaf" that get the most attention, I think "Rated R" flows perfectly together and is their most cohesive record. "Fee; Good Hit Of The Summer" is so simple but so catchy, "Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret" and "Auto Pilot" are great and the Mark Lanegan track "In The Fade" is one of my favourite songs that I can't quit listening to.
If I had to rank QOTSA's albums in order it would have to be Rated R = Songs For The Deaf > Self-Titled > Lullabies To Paralyze > Era Vulgaris. The don't have a bad album and if you have never heard of them before I suggest "Rated R" is where you should start.
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