Tom Sinclair
June 09, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

R

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
R Kelly
Producers
Interscope

We gave it a C+

You’ve gotta admire a band that kicks things off by chanting ”nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy, and alcohol” while shoving your face into a vortex of revved-up metallic boogie. Or do you? The Queens of the Stone Age’s second effort, R, rocks hard, yet an off-putting patina of cleverness makes you wish these so-called stoner-rock heroes would forget about art and make music as Neanderthal as their name. C+

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