Eagles of Death Metal – Heart On
By Zach Patterson Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008

Eagles of Death Metal has never been a band to take terribly seriously, with the high falsetto vocals of lead singer Jesse Hughes and over the top machismo of the song content. Regardless, they are a pretty entertaining band, and seeing them live is quite a treat as well. Their newest album isn’t really any different than the first two albums, and I can’t say that more of the same is really a bad thing.

I think Death By Sexy was really a definitive step forward for this band, to move away from the idea of the one-off side project for Josh Homme and friends, and you got a lot better feel for who the band is. And while I probably should have realized it before, this album really solidifies some obvious nods to The Rolling Stones. The title track could easily be confused for a Stones song, and that’s a very good thing. “Anything ‘Cept the Truth” is one of the finer songs on the album, and just like Death By Sexy‘s “I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)”, it starts the album off with a manly rocker of a song. Another common theme is the recurrence of what I would call the southern dance rock songs, stuff that sounds like you could walk into a backwater bar and here them playing on a jukebox amidst a cloud of smoke and the smell of cheap beer (see “(I Used to Couldn’t Dance) Tight Pants”).

It’s just fun, if a bit disposable, stuff that easy to enjoy and not really put too much thought into. I mean, hell, if you need more proof that the album is fun and a little over the top, the song “Solo Flights” is a rather obvious tribute to, well, jerking off. With lines like “Nobody does me like I do/I’m just a one man operation” and “No one’s gonna hold my hand/it’s got a full-time occupation”, it’s pretty clear that Hughes is eternally 14 years old, and we are all the better for it.

I have to say I’m rather partial to “Cheap Thrills”. Hughes’ voice sounds so distant and ghostly while the female vocalist rather bluntly says “cheap thrills”, which add a nice change of pace to the rest of the album. Additionally, songs like “Now I’m a Fool” add a surprisingly soft ballad which balances the album and adds something you don’t normally hear from EODM. Finally, the album closer commands some attention due to the rugged aggressive drumming skills of Josh Homme and the raw guitars that make it sound almost more like a QOTSA song than anything else.

It’s hard to add too much more reviewing to an album whose title is a pun on “hard on” and the lead singer describes the album as his “latest fabulous weapon, a top-secret music missile, a sonic warhead sexually tipped for her pleasure, shot from the deck of USS EODM Mantastic Fantastic.” I mean, if you have heard Eagles of Death Metal before, then you know what this album is gonna be like. It’s full of innuendo, womanizing, rockin’, and some ridiculousness. I’d say this is probably their most balanced album to date, though I still think I like Death By Sexy a bit more. However, if you are in the mood for some shameless rock and/or roll, this one is easy to recommend.

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