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This review is from: Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea (Audio CD)
I was very excited when I heard that Black Stone Cherry had released a new album and bought it as soon as I could. Having bought the first two albums (and loved them both) I was expecting more of the same - blues tinted heavy rock that is in your face and offers no apologies, foot stomping hard rock fun!
Unfortunately, having listened to this album a good 4-5 times I find that BSC have lost their edge. I remember a few years back I was discussing BSC with a friend and they said that BSC sound 'way too much like Nickelback' which I thought was preposterous at the time, however this album reminds of Nickleback more every time I listen to it. It is radio friendly 'make me lots of money' rock which just doesn't appeal to me. None of the songs get anywhere near the hard rock greatness achieved on their first two efforts; it reeks of an album that was written with the aim of getting mass radio airplay. Nothing wrong with that in essence, the guys gotta make a buck, but it is not my kind of music.
I bought the special edition with 15 tracks but unfortunately none of the songs really grabbed my attention. White Trash Millionaire, the album's opening song, had the same feel as 'Rockstar' by Nickelback, or something Kid Rock would have penned, whereas the lyrics in 'Blame it on the Boom Boom' reminded me of Metallica's Frantic in how disappointed I was with the simplicity of the lyrics (All together now "When I'm giving you the boom boom/Yeah don't wake up in the morning/In somebody else's room room/Blame it on the boom boom" - sounds more like a Britney song).
The songwriting is predictable and the lyrics are, well, basic at best. There don't seem to be the intricacies of previous albums or the lyrical excellence that I enjoyed before. Overall this is an album that will appeal to many people, but I am not one of them. It is a shame really and I hope they will be back to proper hard rock on their next effort.
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2011 18:46:16 BDT
Posted on 17 Jun 2011 10:53:56 BDT
Dan King says:
Posted on 21 Jun 2011 05:56:14 BDT
Mrs. Tracie Hipwell says:
Sadly , I have to agree . Stil one of my favourite bands , and fantastic to watch live , but this is a let down after 2 great albums . Reminded me of Nickleback , too ...pity
Posted on 1 Jul 2011 04:04:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jul 2011 06:53:15 BDT
Gareth James says:
I have to agree too as do friends who have also purchased. Disappointing, although still good for long car journeys and still a great band to see live.
Posted on 26 Nov 2011 00:22:06 GMT
Paul MacArtney says:
Totally agree. Just seen them for the 3rd time supporting Alter Bridge in Manchester. Live? Awesome!! Despite their 3rd album being mostly teen oriented pop rock. Maybe 3 tracks worthy of the 1st 2 outstanding albums. Just booked tickets to see them headline next March - can't wait, but I sincerely hope they go back to their roots for their next effort in the studio, don't rush it, get it right and rock my world again!!
Posted on 31 Aug 2012 13:57:23 BDT
Mr S P Jepson says:
I agree entirely - don't waste your money, like we all did!! Wholly disappointing!!
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