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Vols. 11 & 12

Desert Sessions

Vols. 11 & 12

First album in 16 years from Josh Homme’s musical collective series which this time includes Carla Azar, Matt Berry, Les Claypool, Billy Gibbons, Mike Kerr, Stella Mozgawa and Jake Shears

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  1. 9.0 |   DIY

    Music’s coolest summer camp
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    The Queens of the Stone Age frontman headed into the Californian desert with pals Jake Shears, Royal Blood's Mike Kerr and – maybe – even Dave Grohl. Fun times ensued
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  3. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The important takeaway from this is that it is a really fun record to listen to. It’s short, it’s tightly written, and it will cater to a broad demographic of listeners, and there’s not much more you can ask for from that, is there?
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    None of these parts seem to fit on paper, but on record it's a gas hearing a group of gangsters and pranksters giddy on their own good times
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A lysergic brew of dust-blown ballads, thumping punk rock and shimmery psychedelia. The jarring stylistic clash is often part of the charm. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    It’s in the curveballs where the full extent of this project’s spirit makes sense. Where else will you find Matt ‘Toast Of London’ Berry crooning along to Chic Tweetz, a song quite unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else?
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  7. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    The latest iteration of Homme’s continuous project has come a long way since the epic jams of the late 90s, having evolved into more refined, and fully realised series of releases, never failing to inhabit the spirit of risk and adventure
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  8. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    11 & 12 might be the tightest Desert Sessions collections yet
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  9. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    With quite a lot of mainstream rock lacking any kind of organic vibe whatsoever — both creatively (too much reliance on songwriting consultants) and sonically (sometimes so non-human that it sounds like a bunch of C-3PO’s playing) — the sound of a collaboration remains a refreshing and wonderful thing
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  10. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Laid-back and loose maybe, but neither lazy nor lacklustre. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Unfortunately, these new Sessions don’t hold the same spur of the moment fun that previous iterations have had. Few of these songs are memorable, but the album does have a couple of bright spots, namely “If You Run” and “Noses in Roses Forever”
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  12. 6.0 |   Q

    A solid, if not essential, Desert Sessions return. Print edition only

  13. 5.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Vols. 11 & 12 give few answers but leave us with many questions, such as: Where is Iggy Pop? Where is Alex Turner? Where are the rest of Warpaint? Where are all the fucking songs? Who’s even gonna listen to this shit? When can we have a new QOTSA album?
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