2018 ROCK'N'ROLL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
I've been into these cats now for almost 3 years. The first track I heard was "Rolling With The Punches." Instant fan. Little did I know, we were just getting started.
Track by Track review:
Airlock - Intro
The Drop - A sweet, gentle build up that leads to some heavy riffs that hit ya right in the face, then as swiftly as the riffs come, they mellow back out. Great first full track.
Black Holes - Awesome guitar pedal work here, switching back and forth from distortion to more rhythm licks. Like a lot of their tracks they pivey back and forth from full on guitar engagement to a slower tempo, just to pick it right back up again.
The Hard Part - Think Black Keys, but with a series of "Da Da Da's" right in the middle. The breakdown during this part is super catchy, but SO on-point!
Be My Fire - One of my absolute favorite tracks on the album. Love the lyrics and slower tempo during the verses. The fellas figured out a way to inject a little funk and punk to the main riff. Solid track!
Lay - What a rollercoaster of a ride this one is. Slow and steady, great lyrics, and some killer guitar shreading during the choruses.
Rolling with the Punches - MY JAM! Holy moly Batman. Play this one at LOUD volume. One of the nicest riffs on the whole album, with lyrics to sing along to, and let's give some love to the drums on this one too. A+++
Little Brother - Funky guitar riff to start the track off, and again, the drummer kills it with how busy he stays during the verses.
Midnight - One of the more mellow tracks on the album. Beautiful arrangement from beginning to end. Not too heavy, but still groovy enough to keep the volume up.
Orbit - Instrumental interlude to the next track..
Magic - Hands down, this is my favorite song by them. From the heartfelt, vulnerable lyrics to the chill riffs in the middle, this song has it all. The drummer paces just right with the vocals at every step. In my opinion, this is their most complete song in the sense that they truly show the depth of what they can accomplish together. Definitely an appropriately titled track, as it is simply, Magic.
BUY THIS ALBUM NOW!!!
many, many flavors of Rock
By Green Machinist
Lets be clear: if the songs sucked there would be no point in writing this. They don’t. Quality , well written, catchy songs. Its how they deliver them that got my attention.
I hear many obvious influences: Black Keys, Jack White, Muse. But that is not all, for sure. There are moments when The Blue Stones venture from early 70s Brit blues-rock to full on Melvins-like fuzz within 1 song, yet it doesnt feel so jarring like that sort of thing tends to be. Instead, while each song stands on its own the whole album feels cohesive.
My only real gripe with this album is the drums. I understand everything is 100% digital now, but why, why , why must the drums be triggered?!?
Overall, Id say this is a good representation of where rock music is headed. The Blue Stones might only be "The Next Big Band!" like Ive been seeing ,or they may also be the ones who go a little further into the stratosphere. Too soon to say, but this is a great first effort.
Best Rock Album of the Year
Easily the best rock album of the year. Haven’t found anything else out there as lyrical and rocking at the same time. It’s definitely worth the money.
Great Rock Band
The Hard Part, The Drop, Little Brother! Omg! I am floored by the tune Magic. Incredible. These guys are fantastic. I stumbled onto them one night when I was bored. There are many other great tunes with great riffs, lyrics and hooks. Thank God Canada still knows how to rock! These guys are great. They do need a bass player for live performances though.
Great Rock and Roll with a new modern twist
Its like they took everything good from the old blues rock era and restored it with a new dash of modern condiments.
Rock music is being revived by artists like the Blue Stones. Well done - will recommend to all my music loving friends.
Best music i’ve heard in a long time. Killing it!
I've been listening to these guys for a couple of years now. Do yourself a favor and buy this. Its a steal at $7.99.
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