Lullabies to Paralyze

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Lullabies to Paralyze
Studio album by Queens of the Stone Age
Released March 21, 2005
Recorded August – November 2004 at Sound City Studios, in Van Nuys, California
Genre Stoner rock, hard rock,[1] alternative rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 59:26
Label Interscope B0004186-02
Producer Josh Homme, Joe Barresi
Queens of the Stone Age chronology
Stone Age Complication
(2004)
Lullabies to Paralyze
(2005)
Over the Years and Through the Woods
(2005)
Alternative cover
Cover of the LP release
Singles from Lullabies to Paralyze
  1. "Little Sister"
    Released: December 2004
  2. "In My Head"
    Released: June 27, 2005
  3. "Everybody Knows That You're Insane"
    Released: 2005 (Promotional)
  4. "Burn the Witch"
    Released: January 10, 2006

Lullabies to Paralyze is the fourth studio album by Queens of the Stone Age, released on March 21, 2005.[2] The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200,[3] and sold 97,000 copies in America during its first week of release,[3] eventually topping over 342,000 copies as of March, 2007 according to Nielsen Soundscan.[4] The album has been certified gold in the UK, where it has sold over 100,000 units. It is also the band's first album to be released after Nick Oliveri was fired from the band. Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan are the only members from the previous album, Songs for the Deaf, to play on this album and it's the first album to feature drummer Joey Castillo and guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen.

Background[edit]

The album title Lullabies to Paralyze was intended to bridge Lullabies with its predecessor Songs for the Deaf by naming it after a line in "Mosquito Song", the final track on Songs for the Deaf.[5] The "deluxe limited edition" of the album includes a bonus track and a bonus DVD containing "a look behind the scenes and special bonus footage". Videos were produced for singles "Little Sister", "In My Head" and "Burn the Witch", as well as "Everybody Knows That You Are Insane" and "Someone's in the Wolf".[6] The "Everybody Knows That You Are Insane" video was broadcast frequently on MTV during 2005,[citation needed] while the video for "Someone's in the Wolf" was featured on the bonus DVD of Lullabies to Paralyze.

The album was delayed during 2004 because of some changes to the line-up: bassist, vocalist, and co-songwriter Nick Oliveri was fired and on-off vocalist Mark Lanegan went on tour with his own band.[7] Lanegan can still be heard singing on several songs of the album as well as contributing lyrics. Because of this turmoil, there had been rumours that Lanegan had left the band, which Josh Homme eventually clarified in several interviews was never the case.[citation needed] Nevertheless he encouraged these rumours to draw the attention off the band by giving the press "something to focus on while I was just making the record".[citation needed]

And at the time, I was like, "Fuck, no one's even listening to this. It's too much about other stuff." And it would have been easy to make Songs for the Deaf 2, which is basically all I heard in my own head. But I can't do that. You've got to shake all that shit away.[8]

—Josh Homme, Pitchfork interview, April 13, 2007

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[10]
Stylus Magazine B+[11]
IGN 7.4/10[12]
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10[13]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[14]
Uncut 4/5 stars[15]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[16]
The Observer 5/5 stars[17]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[18]
NME 8/10 stars[19]
Under the Radar 8/10 stars[20]
Little sister audio sample

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The album received generally positive reviews, although slightly lower than its predecessor, the average score being 78 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 31 professional reviews.[21]

Kevin Forest Moreau awarded it 3rd best album of the year 2005, Billboard magazine ranked it 7th best album, Magnet magazine ranked it 9th, and Filter magazine considered it 10th best album of the year 2005.[22] JustPressPlay ranked it #31 on its list of the Top 100 Albums of the 2000s[23] and named "Tangled Up in Plaid" the 19th best song of the decade.[24] Lullabies To Paralyze was certified gold in the UK on April 15, 2005 with sales exceeding 100,000 copies.[25]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen and Joey Castillo, except where noted. All lyrics written by Homme, except additional lyrics on "Medication", "Tangled Up in Plaid" and "Long Slow Goodbye" by Mark Lanegan.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Lullaby"     1:22
2. "Medication"   Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Joey Castillo, Mark Lanegan 1:54
3. "Everybody Knows That You Are Insane"     4:14
4. "Tangled Up in Plaid"   Homme, Van Leeuwen, Castillo, Lanegan 4:13
5. "Burn the Witch"     3:35
6. "In My Head"   Homme, Van Leeuwen, Josh Freese, Castillo, Alain Johannes 4:01
7. "Little Sister"     2:54
8. "I Never Came"     4:48
9. "Someone's in the Wolf"     7:15
10. "The Blood Is Love"     6:37
11. "Skin on Skin"     3:42
12. "Broken Box"     3:02
13. ""You Got a Killer Scene There, Man...""     4:56
14. "Long Slow Goodbye" (Includes a "Hidden Outro" which comes up at 5:16) Homme, Van Leeuwen, Castillo, Lanegan 6:50
Total length:
59:26

The "Hidden Outro" later appears as the main riff in the song "Running Joke", a b-side that appears on Era Vulgaris.

Bonus tracks[edit]

  • "Like a Drug" (Homme) – 3:15
    • Included on the deluxe edition, Limited Tour Edition and the UK, Mexican and Japanese versions. The song was a new recording, originally on The Desert Sessions Volume 6.
  • "Precious and Grace" (Beard, Gibbons, Hill) – 3:23
    • Included on the Limited Tour Edition, UK and Japanese versions.
  • "Infinity" (Lullabies to Paralyze version) (Homme) – 3:59
    • Included on the Japanese version; an older version of "Infinity" is available on the Heavy Metal 2000 soundtrack.

LP versions[edit]

The album had two LP pressing runs. The first pressing was released by AntAcidAudio and contains a different cover to the CD version. The sides are named Once, You, Were & Lost, after a line from "Someone's in the Wolf", with each containing a mixture of the CD's album and bonus tracks.

The second pressing is a reissue by Dutch record label Music On Vinyl, released on September 22, 2011. The reissue is different from the first pressing in that it does not have its sides named after the line from "Someone's in the Wolf," and it uses the cover art from the CD release. The reissue omitted bonus tracks "Infinity" and "Precious and Grace" from the track listing, and listed "Like A Drug" as the last track. Side four contains an etching of one of the album's artwork.[26]

AntAcidAudio track listing[edit]

Side one - Once
  1. "Lullaby" – 1:23
  2. "Medication" – 1:54
  3. "Everybody Knows That You're Insane" – 4:14
  4. "Tangled Up in Plaid" – 4:13
  5. "Burn the Witch" – 3:35
Side two - You
  1. "In My Head" – 4:01
  2. "Little Sister" – 2:54
  3. "I Never Came" – 4:48
  4. "Someone's in the Wolf" – 7:16
Side three - Were
  1. "Infinity" (new version, see above) – 3:59
  2. "The Blood Is Love" – 6:38
  3. "Like a Drug" – 3:18
  4. "Skin on Skin" – 3:43
Side four - Lost
  1. "Broken Box" – 3:00
  2. "Precious and Grace" – 3:24
  3. ""You Got a Killer Scene There, Man..."" – 4:58
  4. "Long Slow Goodbye" (contains the hidden track) – 6:54


Music On Vinyl track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "This Lullaby"
  2. "Medication"
  3. "Everybody Knows That You Are Insane"
  4. "Tangled Up in Plaid"
  5. "Burn the Witch"
  6. "In My Head"
Side two
  1. "Little Sister"
  2. "I Never Came"
  3. "Someone's in the Wolf"
  4. "The Blood Is Love"
Side three
  1. "Skin on Skin"
  2. "Broken Box"
  3. ""You Got a Killer Scene There, Man...""
  4. "Long Slow Goodbye" (contains the hidden track)
  5. "Like a Drug"

Outtakes[edit]

Bonus DVD[edit]

  1. "The Way Finds You" – 27:20
  2. "Someone's in the Wolf" (Castillo, Homme, Van Leeuwen) – 7:24
  3. "Josh's Session" (starring Josh Homme and Sarah Silverman) – 10:24

Limited Tour Edition Bonus UK CD[edit]

Live from Earthlink in Atlanta, GA March 19, 2005.

  1. "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" – 3:54
  2. "Little Sister" – 2:56
  3. "In My Head" – 3:56
  4. "No One Knows" – 6:48
  5. "Song for the Dead" – 6:24
  6. "Regular John" – 9:48

Most online retailers list the songs on the bonus CD as the March 19, 2005 show in Atlanta, but at least "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" and "Regular John" are actually from the show in Washington, DC on March 27, 2005.[original research?]

The final item on the song listing (located behind the CD in the normal version, or inside the booklet in the deluxe edition), below "Long Slow Goodbye" reads:

"The Fun Machine took a shit and died – Was lost or misplaced. (There is a reward for the return of said tapes)"

During that time, the band assumed that the tapes of that song were either lost or stolen. A live version of this song can be found on the DVD release Over the Years and Through the Woods. Homme commented, "The tapes got lost. Actually, they were just at another studio, but we falsely accused everyone in the world of theft."[27]

Personnel[edit]

As common for Queens of the Stone Age recordings, Lullabies does not feature one single line-up but rather a core group of Homme, Castillo and Van Leeuwen that would also form the tour line-up, as well as other contributors, mostly close friends to the band.

Band lineup[edit]

  • Josh Homme – Lead vocals, guitar, bass, piano, drums, percussion, handclaps
  • Troy Van Leeuwen – guitar, bass, lap steel, piano, keyboards, handclaps, backing vocals
  • Joey Castillo – drums, piano, percussion, handclaps

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Alain Johannes – guitar on tracks 5-7 and 11, bass on tracks 3, 4 and 9, flute & marxophone on track 9, backing vocals on 12, phone on 14
  • Mark Lanegan – lead vocals on "This Lullaby", co-lead vocals on "Precious and Grace" and backing vocals on "Burn the Witch" and "You Got a Killer Scene There Man..."
  • Chris Goss – backing vocals on "You Got a Killer Scene There Man...", "Someone's in the Wolf" and "Burn the Witch"
  • Billy Gibbons – guitar and backing vocals on "Burn the Witch", guitar and co-lead vocals "Precious and Grace", guitar on "Like a Drug"
  • Dave Catching – opening guitar on "The Blood Is Love"
  • Jack Black – handclaps and stomps on "Burn the Witch", and is also seen contributing the same for "Broken Box" during the bonus DVD
  • Jesse Hughes – flute on "Someone's in the Wolf"
  • Shirley Manson – backing vocals on "You Got a Killer Scene There, Man..."
  • Brody Dalle – backing vocals on "You Got a Killer Scene There Man..."
  • Joe Barresi – triangle on "Tangled Up in Plaid"
  • The Main Street Horns – tubas and baritone trombone on "I Never Came", "Someone's in the Wolf" and "Skin on Skin"
  • Josh Freese - co-wrote "In My Head"

Charting positions[edit]

References[edit]

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