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on 12 June 2014
Firstly I would just like to say that this is the first Black Stone Cherry album I have owned. I've known about the band for a number of years and have finally decided to get my hands on one of their albums. So please bare in mind this review comes from a newcomer to the band.

Back in 2008 I happened to catch these guys at the Download festival. I had never heard of them until this, the set was fun and lively and they put on a really good show. Later again I happened to catch two of their songs on YouTube as I was browsing around. These were 'Blind Man' and 'Things My Father Said'. I enjoyed both of these songs but time passed and I never gave them a second thought.

A few weeks back I was browsing through some local live shows and up pops Black Stone Cherry. I love live music and I love this type of band so I thought I'd go and catch them when they came to my city. Not wanting to go into the gig completely ignorant of the music, I thought I'd pick up an album to get familiar with them. I chose 'Foklore and Superstition' just because it had the only two songs I could remember from years before.

As a rock guitar album it's not too bad. The songs can be quite enjoyable, there are some good guitar riffs here. Chris Robertsons vocals are top notch and extremely powerful. 'Blind Man' still is a favourite of mine, its energetic and does get me singing along when it comes on.

Unfortunately most of the songs, though enjoyable, for me are very forgettable. I found the songs began to bleed into one another and I could never distinguish between most of them. And although the vocals are extremely powerful, lyrically the songs aren't amazing. It feels like at times the lyrics were thrown into the song right at the end with not much thought. One example of this is with the song 'Please Come In', the music here is very good but the lyrics just feel more like an after thought than a premise for the kind of song it is supposed to be.

So overall I have given this a 3/5. Losing 1 star for forgettable songs and 1 for forced lyrics. I completely understand not everyone will agree with my thoughts here, and as I said before this is my first look properly at the band. I am purely and outsider coming in to see what they are all about. And although I did enjoy them to an extent, I don't think this band is for me. However with that said, I may change my mind and pick up something else by them at a later date.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2009
Musically this album is excellent. Lyrically it is quite the opposite. I am guessing these rockers originate from southern USA as the album has a Hill Billy-esque rock element to it, also in regards to the lyrics God, Jesus and love are ranked quite highly in the list of topics sung about. As a religion-less Brit I find it quite hard to relate to the soppy, sentimental drivel this band tend to come out with. Therefore, if like me I recommend you imagine they are singing in a foreign language and concentrate on the music. Another irritating point to raise is the constant reference to the Iraq war. This topic has been done to death and quite frankly I find it a bit vulgar and a lot boring! However, the lead singers voice is incredibly - stony, gravely, smoke 40 Marlboro's a day-ly.

I have given this album three stars because musically it is extremely enjoyable, especially the song Sunrise (my personal favourite). If you can over look this bands flaw you will be rewarded - however, if you are extremely anti-American I recommend you pop this CD back into its case and purchase some Rage Against the Machine.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
After waiting so long for this album it is so great to put in my stereo, push play and feel it blast the cobwebs away. This album has the same trademark style from BSC's first album, with heavy guitars, distinctive vocals and southern style, yet you can see they have grown and deliver something different enough to show development, but not so much to alienate existing fans. The stories in 'Devils Queen' and 'Ghost of Floyd Collins' are just great and the latter track has typical chugging BSC riffs that are the perfect way to end an album. 'The Key' is great, as is 'Blind Man' and 'Peace is Free' is a good balled that sits midway in the album. This whole album oozes with down south atmosphere, from lyrical content, music style, to the album photography and packaging, these guys know their roots! I am delighted this CD is finally here and that they've delivered so much in their second album. Another storming rock album from this top band. Highly recommended.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2008
bought this album after hearing Blind Man on Scuzz. The album turned out to be complete suprise. You know what it's like, you buy an album after hearing one song and you often find the one song you bought it for was the only decent song on it. Not the case with this one, the whole album does not have a bad song on it. Its got everything, great lyrics, good strong vocals and some amazing guitar work.

go buy it.
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on 23 December 2008
After their very succesful and very listenable self titled album, Black Stone Cherry had a mountain to climb in order to even reach that level. Well, they managed it, and have delivered another heavy hitting southern flavoured offering - Folklore and Superstition kicks off with the extremely catchy 'Blind Man' followed by the equally strong 'Please Come', 'Reverend Wrinkle' and 'Soulcreek'. The next song, however, is completely different. 'Things my father said' is a soft ballad with a Zakk Wylde-esque piano intro. This song fits right into the album; and with the rest of the songs to follow, with 'Devil's Queen' and 'Peace is Free' being the standout tracks. That being said, the album is not perfect: the lyrics of the songs are still the weakest part of the album - though they are much improved from their debut album. A worthy buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2010
Awesome follow up to their amazing debut. Great song writing and god-ly riffing. Catch 'em live if you can. I saw the drummer throw his sticks away and play a ten minute drum solo with his bare hands. Fantastic.
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on 18 April 2009
A relatively recent convert to Black Stone...but think they're great and this album doesn't disappoint. In my opinion not one bad track. Their usual 'full-on' sound is well in evidence. They also show versatility with tracks like 'Things my Father said' which dare I say it has an almost 'boy band' feel at times but still delivers in spite of this dangerous flirtation. When contrasted with a track like 'Bulldozer' its hard to believe its the same band. 'Reverend Winkle' and 'Blind' are top quality and more in keeping with what is expected from Black Stone. At times they have a similar feel to Nickelback...but better...I would recommend this album to anybody...absolutely brilliant.
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on 14 December 2014
Love this album and really love please come in and things my father said when I want to chill, and blind man and peace is free when I want to rock. But every track is excellent with no filler at all.
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on 31 March 2010
This follow up to their debut album shows Black Stone Cherry notching it up several gears. This album is filled with single material with the first 5 tracks worthy of singles themselves. The opening track Blind Man just grooves so well and features a chorus you'll be singing for days after. If you liked their first album you'll be blown away by Folklore & Superstition. Black Stone Cherry have managed to capture the essence of Southern roots rock with catchy choruses and groove driven rhythms. Don't worry this is still rock music but brilliantly put together. Buy this album you really won't be disappointed.
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on 12 May 2012
Absolutely love this & it's got to be one of the best albums I've heard in a while. From the opening track "Blind man" I was hooked & continued to be for the rest of the album. Strong production from Bob Marlette (This guy is always involved with quality releases) gives the songs an added power & mixed with some great choruses which should allow this to appeal to the masses. Other highlight are "Reverend wrinkle", "Ghost of Floyd Collins", "Things my father said", "Long sleeves", "Devil's queen" & "The key" although any of the tracks would be a highlight on most other albums. BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!!
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