The Joup Friday Album: Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

HumbugSometimes, when life takes a swing at you, all you can do is tune out and wait for it to blow over. That’s pretty much where I’ve been since last I posted. It’s not a bad thing by any means. We need to get a little selfish from time to time. This week, for this reason, I chose an album that really doesn’t have any personal significance to me. It doesn’t require a load of analysis to be enjoyed. I just like it.

Queens of the Stone Age … Like Clockwork

Queens_of_the_Stone_Age_-_…Like_ClockworkFor the sake of this discussion, let’s just say that there is a particular approach to writing and recording Rock music that began with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Both bands started in ’68, one in London, one in Birmingham, so I’m not going to attempt to split hairs with which came first. For our purposes here we’re more concerned with the arc of their careers anyway, so for the time being, in spite of how we might regularly weigh in, let’s just consider both bands as equals, it will make everything easier. And of course with that being said there is one more little caveat to address before we go any further.