Queens Of The Stone Age beat off stiff competition from Black Country Communion, Foo Fighters, Robert Plant and Anathema to be proclaimed Album Of The Year for 2017
Villains, the seventh studio album by Californian rockers Queens Of The Stone Age, has been chosen as Classic Rock Magazine‘s album of the year for 2017. Other albums featured in the top five include Black Country Communion’s BCCIV, Foo Fighters’ Concrete And Gold, Robert Plant’s Carry Fire, and The Optimist by Anathema. The entire Top 50 can be viewed below.
The Top 50 was compiled for the current issue of Classic Rock by more than 25 staffers and freelancers, and is the second time in a row that an album featuring Queens Of The Stone Age mainman Josh Homme has been voted into the top position: in 2016, Iggy Pop’s Homme-produced collection Post Pop Depression topped the vote.
“The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound,” asking and answering the question ‘what do we sound like now?’, mused Homme, at the time of the album’s release. “If you can’t make a great first record, you should just stop—but if you can make a great record but you keep making records and your sound doesn’t evolve, you become a parody of that original sound.”
On Sunday, Homme issued an apology after kicking a photographer in the head during a Queens Of The Stone Age set in Los Angeles.
The new issue of Classic Rock – which features reviews of all 50 albums plus interviews with many of their creators – is on sale now, and also includes interviews with Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Marillion’s Steve Hogath, Cats In Space, Queen’s Brian May, Joe Elliott, Walter Trout, Bill Bailey, Beth Hart and much, much more.