In this writer’s humble opinion, “Lullabies to Paralyze” is the band’s most underrated release. Moments verge from the nocturnal to the sexual to the spiritual with a manic pace leaving frayed ends all over the album. The sprint of songs between “This Lullaby” and “Little Sister” is probably the longest string of bangers the band has ever produced on any album. The hit single, “Little Sister” features an upfront cowbell that’s obnoxiously awesome and even brought Will Ferralls’ “more cowbell” SNL character out of retirement. Pulling influences from Black Sabbath and psych-rockers, Queens of the Stone Ages’ plods on with their mainstream breakout on “Songs for the Deaf” but they never stop trying to be weird. Still not quite fitting in with anything else rock at the time, QOTSA remains unpredictable.
Out of the ashes of desert stoner band Kyuss, Josh Homme created Queens of the Stone Ages. Despite being an insufferable scumbag, Hommes was able to carve a niche into the hard rock world of the time dominated by nu-metal and Nickelback clones. The band then would make a uniquely experimental discography that never broke convection but consistently snarkily defied it. They balanced the sexy and accessible sides of rock with the weird and wild, making them one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century.