Cynical QOTSA fan: ...it won't be very good cause he's ditched the band and tried his hand at Axl Rose styled 'democracy'.
How wrong you all are. Sure, the first half of the album could very well be described as 'just another QOTSA album' - up there with "Songs For the Deaf" for T-Rex ripping through some classic Sabbath tunes - real white boy boogie.
But when track 9 ("Someone's In the Wolf") kicks in you know you're headed somewhere else - perhaps the same direction Mike Patton has been taking the Fantomas the last few years (the rock equivalent of a Bela Lugosi film?): 5 and a half minutes in everything comes to a grinding halt just so we can clearly hear the sound of knives being sharpened. And it just kicks on from there - it becomes more and more intense the slower it gets - and it sure does get slow. "You Got A Killer Scene There, Man...." is played at about quarter speed if it's lucky - it actually sounds as if they're trying to play the song as slowly as possible without having it all fall apart. "Long Slow Goodbye" finishes the album proper with a tuba solo. True!
So whether you're after some big dumb boogie rock n roll (side one) or something a bit more challenging (the other side) you'll find it here.
So are they half the band they used to be...or maybe twice the band (maths was never my strong suit, so I'll leave that one up to you)