Zipper Down

Album Review of Zipper Down by Eagles of Death Metal.

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Zipper Down

Eagles of Death Metal

Zipper Down by Eagles of Death Metal

Release Date: Oct 2, 2015
Record label: Universal Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Garage Punk, Hard Rock

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Zipper Down - Fairly Good, Based on 11 Critics

Exclaim - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

They kept us waiting a fashionable seven years, but Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes have arrived, leather-clad, hot-fleshed and ready to rock'n'roll. The Eagles of Death Metal are back. On their fourth studio LP, the Eagles hork up another fast-paced spitball akin to their previous releases, Death by Sexy and Peace, Love, Death Metal.

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New Musical Express (NME) - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Eagles Of Death Metal are the men your mother warned you about. Vocalist Jesse Hughes is an ordained minister who dates former porn star Tuesday Cross and regularly espouses his fondness of drugs. Drummer Josh Homme is a sensual man mountain and tattooed rock god who fronts Queens Of The Stone Age. That the pair have stretched the sound of them making each other laugh in a studio out to four albums is an impressive feat.

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Pitchfork - 73
Based on rating 7.3/10
73

It’s been over 15 years since childhood friends Joshua Homme and Jesse "the Devil" Hughes founded their cartoonish, carnal blues-rock project, Eagles of Death Metal. When Homme's not manning the drum kit or the mixing board for Eagles (he’s produced each one of their LPs) he fronts Queens of the Stone Age, one of the biggest hard rock bands on the planet. So it makes sense that listeners would categorize the group as a Queens of the Stone Age side project.

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Consequence of Sound - 72
Based on rating B
72

When Eagles of Death Metal released their debut album in 2004, the garage rockers weren’t under any obligation to have a total of four albums to their (excellent) name a decade later. Frontman Jesse Hughes and the considerably more famous Josh Homme were longtime friends who wanted to make music together, which they did without delusions of grandeur. Zipper Down is the band’s first album in seven years, which is strange considering their beginnings: That debut, Peace Love Death Metal, was recorded in three days, and the band’s second and third albums came in ’06 and ’08, by which point they were a fixture in modern, back-to-basics rock.

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PopMatters - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

The brainchild of Jesse Hughes and his redheaded counterpart, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, Zipper Down is the the follow-up to 2008’s Heart On. Hughes and Homme co-wrote each and every song on the record (apart from one cover) and performed all vocals and instrumentation themselves, with Homme also back in the producer’s chair. The album artwork features the shapely body of a woman, from shoulders to thighs, wearing black leather jeans whilst throwing the rock horns over her crotch and a black leather jacket – zipper down, of course – exposing her breasts, with Hughes and Homme’s faces acting as pasties over her areolae.

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Sputnikmusic - 66
Based on rating 3.3/5
66

Review Summary: Jesse still wants your women...The Eagles Of Death Metal have never been a band to open new musical doors or push any boundaries. They were always a guilty pleasure to blast at some party or witness live. The sleazy redneck outings that made up most of their first two records, plus that lo-fi/single take feel was perfect for the bare bones tracks.

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Punknews.org (Staff) - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

What do we know about Jesse Hughes?On the surface, he’s the cock-swinging, heavy drinking leader from Eagles of Death Metal. He loves his women and his whiskey. He’s a childhood friend of Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme. He’s also a right wing, gun-toting reverend engaged to a former porn star who sometimes refers to himself as “The Devil.” So there’s that.

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Rolling Stone - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

Boogie-rock revivalists Eagles of Death Metal — a.k.a. high-school buddies Jesse Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme — have always been silly and self-aware. With their fourth album, they've reached a critical mass of smirk. On "Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)," Hughes lampoons L.A ….

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Classic Rock Magazine - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

Fourth album from US glam-metal duo. Josh Homme has always maintained that Eagles Of Death Metal are not merely a side project, although it’s fair to say they haven’t seemed particularly high on his priority list of late.. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads.

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The Line of Best Fit
Their review was positive

Cock-rock boogie experts Eagles Of Death Metal have returned after a seven-year absence with Zipper Down. OK, here's the deal: this album will not convert anyone to EoDM, and it's not supposed to. If you like what Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme do, you'll enjoy their new offering. If you don't, Zipper won't change your mind regarding their shtick.

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AllMusic
Their review was generally favourable

Veteran multitaskers that they are, Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme packed a lot into the seven years between Heart On and Zipper Down. Homme returned to Queens of the Stone Age and started another band, Them Crooked Vultures, with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones; Hughes became an ordained minister, appeared in a movie with Grace Jones and Iggy Pop, and worked on his solo project, Boots Electric. Perhaps it's not surprising, then, that Zipper Down feels more like the work of a side project than any of the duo's albums since Peace Love Death Metal.

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