These Eagles Are Sexy As Hell
Eagles of Death Metal (EofDM) may have started as a joke between pals Jesse â€šÃ„ÃºThe Devilâ€šÃ„Ã¹ Hughes and Queens of the Stone Ageâ€šÃ„Ã´s Josh Homme, but its music has evolved from the kooky splendor of its 2004 debut, Peace Love Death Metal, into the serious delight of its new album, Death By Sexy. The albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s predominantly harder rock is also more polishedâ€šÃ„Ã®no minor feat given that it was recorded in eight days.Death By Sexy is loaded with distorted guitars and sex-drenched rockers, including the rave-up, â€šÃ„ÃºI Want You So Hard (Boyâ€šÃ„Ã´s Bad News),â€šÃ„Ã¹ which evokes 50s and 60s rock with its rip-roarinâ€šÃ„Ã´ riffs. â€šÃ„ÃºI Gotta Feeling (Just Nineteen)â€šÃ„Ã¹ is low-down, dirty cock rock (â€šÃ„ÃºI touch you there/Because I know the spotâ€šÃ„Ã¹), and â€šÃ„ÃºShasta Beastâ€šÃ„Ã¹ goes even more hilariously blatant in its sexuality.
Yet EofDM doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t confine itself to one sound, offering up the wacky â€šÃ„ÃºSolid Gold,â€šÃ„Ã¹ with its repeated exhortations to â€šÃ„ÃºSweat!â€šÃ„Ã¹ and its high-pitched guitar, and the radio-friendly â€šÃ„ÃºCherry Cola,â€šÃ„Ã¹ which marries fuzzy guitars to a pop melody enhanced by seductive background vocals from The Distillersâ€šÃ„Ã´ Brody Dalle. Guest appearances by Mark Lanegan and Jack Black, among others, add to the albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s powerful mojo.
This mojo lessens somewhat on the bizarre-yet-oddly-endearing â€šÃ„ÃºThe Ballad of Queen Bee and Baby Duck,â€šÃ„Ã¹ while â€šÃ„ÃºPoor Doggieâ€šÃ„Ã¹ just sits there, but the album cranks back up with â€šÃ„ÃºChase The Devil,â€šÃ„Ã¹ a Cramps-inspired blast of hepped-up psychobilly. Hughes even drops his Elmo-on-the-brink-of-puberty falsetto on the droning-yet-funny â€šÃ„ÃºEagles Goth.â€šÃ„Ã¹ The only real misfire is the skippable hillbilly gospel of â€šÃ„ÃºBag Oâ€šÃ„Ã´ Miracles.â€šÃ„Ã¹
The polishing of EofDMâ€šÃ„Ã´s sound makes Death By Sexy a much stronger album than Peace Love Death Metal while retaining that effortâ€šÃ„Ã´s goofy charm and musical surprises. Thereâ€šÃ„Ã´s a lot of sexy fun on this album, and the bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s willingness to expand its horizons bodes well for future releases.