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Them Crooked Vultures is the debut studio album by rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, that was released on November 17, 2009. The album is self-produced by the band, comprising vocalist and guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss), bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana). The first single from the album, "New Fang", was released on October 26, 2009. On November 3, 2009 they released their second single, via free download on iTunes, entitled "Mind Eraser, No Chaser". For one week before the album's day of release, the entire album could be streamed on the band's YouTube channel.

The album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling 70,000 units in the US in its the first week.

Critical reception

Them Crooked Vultures received a 76/100 Metascore rating from aggregrator Metacritic, based on 15 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews. Chicago Tribune reviewer Greg Kot was particularly complimentary of the album, giving it a rating of 3.5/4, he said "Nasty riffs and sticky melodies are everywhere". He also praised multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones, saying his "mastery of texture, whether on funky Clavinet for 'Scumbag Blues,' classical piano on 'Spinning in Daffodils' or slide guitar for 'Reptiles,' is the band's secret weapon". The A.V Club's Steven Hyden said the group's album "doesn’t equal the considerable awesomeness of its ancestors (the aforementioned Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age); it sounds like a second-tier Queens Of The Stone Age record", and that it "could have fit comfortably under Homme’s usual banner". He did however, commend it for being "a hell of a lot of fun" and awarded it a B+, mentioning the "The biggest pleasure of Them Crooked Vultures is hearing three supremely gifted players fall together quickly and easily on songs built on simple riffs that sound like they were made up on a lark five minutes earlier."

Drowned in Sound's reviewer Andrzej Lukowski reprehended the album, saying it "does not remotely represent the best work of anybody involved." He gave the album 5/10, stating it was "a faintly pointless record", is "not particularly memorable and entirely lacks the type of yee-haw exuberance that might have made it a sloppy treat."

Track listing

All songs credited to Them Crooked Vultures.


Chart (2009) Peak

Australian Albums Chart 4
Austrian Albums Chart 25
Belgian Albums Chart (Vl) 26
Belgian Albums Chart (Wamarker) 52
Canadian Albums Chart 5
Finnish Albums Chart 13
Netherlands Albums Chart 9
New Zealand Albums Chart 2
Swedish Albums Chart 53
Swiss Albums Chart 10
UK Albums Chart 13
UK Rock Chart 1
US Billboard 200 12


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Release history

The album was released on November 13, 2009, in Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia.

Them Crooked Vultures was released by DGC/Interscope in the United States on November 17, 2009; it was released in the United Kingdom by Columbia a day earlier.

On November 9, 2009, the album was posted in its entirety to YouTube, via the band's channel. The album is also available on the music streaming provider Spotify for free.


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