Recording information: 11AD Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Illustrator: Keith Patrick .
Sounding like neither the Eagles nor any variety of death metal, the Eagles of Death Metal lay down a fierce set of boogie-rock on this lively 2004 debut. Fronted by singer/guitarist Jesse Hughes (and his mighty moustache), the band also allows Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme (credited as Baby Duck) to cut loose on the drum kit and imbue the group with some of his day job's pure "rawk" energy." Happily, the real star of PEACE LOVE DEATH METAL remains Hughes (aka J. Devil Huge), who wields his falsetto with swagger on infectious tunes such as the rollicking "I Only Want You" and the shuffling "Speaking in Tongues," exhibiting true rock-&-roll charisma. Other highlights of the record include the spare, bluesy "Midnight Creeper" and "Stuck in the Metal," a loose, amped-up reworking of Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle with You," tracks that reveal that although these Eagles are just some guys trying to have fun, they're still a force to be reckoned with.
The project of Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and lifelong friend Jesse Hughes, the duo plays strutting, bluesy rock with tongue-in-cheek humor. From their earliest tracks -- which appeared on volumes of Homme's Desert Sessions series in 1998, around the time he was getting Queens off the ground -- the duo has shown that it knows (as evidenced by album titles like Death by Sexy and Zipper Down) that you can't have fun playing swaggering boogie rock if you're taking yourself too seriously. ~ Rovi Staff
Rolling Stone (4/15/04, p.146) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[This Josh Homme side project] embraces a scuzzy, sexed-up and danceable brand of rock & roll."
Entertainment Weekly (3/26/04, p.73) - "Hughes' titillating vocal performance makes these Eagles soar." - Grade: A-
Uncut (5/04, p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[S]ensationally good fun..."
CMJ (3/22/04, p.4) - "A fitting cover of Stealers Wheel's 'Stuck In The Middle With You' shows Homme's taut guitar rocking harder than the first QOTSA disc..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A] swaggering, intoxicating tight-but-loose debut."