are so concerned with pleasing themselves that they don't give a damn for the audience. Then again, they're exceptional players, especially augmented here by Dave Grohl
on drums, Mark Lanegan
on vocals, and Dean Ween
on guitar; plus, they're very good songwriters, whether they're writing technically intricate riff-rockers or throwbacks to Nuggets
. Above all, QOTSA
are a muso band -- a band for musicians and those who have listened to too much music. Why else did the greatest drummer and greatest guitarist in '90s alt-rock join this ever-shifting collective? They wanted to play with the prodigiously talented Josh Homme
and Nick Oliveri
, two musicians who share their taste and willingness to jam. It results in what is easily one of the best rock records of 2002.