A fascinating roller coaster ride from style to style or a crude mix of everything? The reactions to "Era Vulgaris", the last album of the Queens Of The Stone Age so far, were manifold. "Rose Hill Drive" hit a similar notch with their third longplayer. The trio from Colorado also combines blues and hard rock riffs - sometimes driving, sometimes worn - with nested arrangements and noisy elements, as one is used to from contemporary retrorock of the ambitious kind. Compared to Josh Homme and Co. it is quite impetuous: Here the rude charm of a garage band meets an unbiased awareness of tradition - including nuances of punk and metal. Which is why this retro rock sounds anything but retro. This applies not least to the dynamic, but not too massive production, which allows every style facet to fully unfold. Thus a round overall picture results despite a partly massive flood of breaks and frickelia. But the sovereign basic direction, carried by a snotty attitude, is right.
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