Top 10 albums from ex-Mansun frontman Paul Draper – Number 5 – Songs for the Deaf (Queens of the Stone Age)

Draper - Songs for the Deaf

This is my favourite album of the noughties. It’s going off course from the synths. There are certain albums for me where certain things come together. And on that, Josh Homme hit his best songwriting and he hit his best production. I can’t tell you whether it’s the engineering or the production but the band sound phenomenal. I believe the drums and the cymbals were all recorded separately and it sounds amazing for it. Really dry, really dead-sounding drums. And the guitar tones are unbelievable. It’s the best-sounding guitar album of that decade and I’ve never heard as good a one since. Powerful and great song writing… brilliant musicianship – it just all comes together on that album. The complete antithesis of my love for synth pop but a really brilliant album and I really like Queens of the Stone Age.

For Number 4 in Paul Draper’s Top 10 favourite albums, please go here.

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Martin Leay started writing for Louder Than War after a chance meeting on a boat with John Robb. They were docked alongside Millennium Pier at the time and had just witnessed a blistering set by the world's only Parliamentary Rock Band, MP4. Besides MP4, Martin cites The Smiths, Libertines, Stone Roses, Billy Bragg, Belle and Sebastian, Art Brut, The Cure, Jamie T and Bloc Party amongst his favourite musical artists. He lives in Camberwell, works in Parliament, supports Tranmere Rovers, loves Coronation Street and once ran a marathon.


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