I bought the album after hearing/seeing the video on SCUZZ for 30/30 - 150. After the first play I was absolutely hooked on the album and it has become my firm favourite. To add to this I saw the band live at the Astoria in Nov 06 and they are even better live. Corey Taylor has written some of his best lyrics on this album and as a fan of SLIPLKNOT, I think Stone Sour have a much better sound and rock a lot harder.
If you want a brilliant hard rock album from start to finish, buy this now. You will not be disappointed.
I've had this album a little over a week now and I cant seem to get certain songs out of my head. The obvious one being Through Glass is amazing and just shows the vocal tallent of Corey. Other great songs are Made of Scars, Hell And Consequences, Your God, Sillyworld, Reborn. Infact, this is one of those rare albums that you can actually listen to from start to finish without skiping through the odd song. It also has those tracks on it that you will want to listen to over and over again. All in all this is a great rock album and I would reckomend anyone to buy it.
I have loved Stone Sour's work ever since they blew onto the mainstream (so to speak)with their first album in 2002! Their first album showed that Corey Taylor (frontman of Slipknot & Stone Sour)had much more than a glass-shattering scream; he could write and sing beautifully (songs like Bother), play the guitar and hold together a 5-piece band that were soo different from slipknot and in some ways...so much better!
Come what(ever) May (the original version) released Summer 2006 really saw the band come together as one of the best groups in the world at this time! I'm talking not just in the metal, rock, alternative -style world, but in the music world in general! Songs such as "30/30-150", and "Reborn" had the intensity we all know and loved Corey for, and if you wanted to be political; go slam on the track "Come What(ever) May" - one of my personal fave's because it perfectly sum's up the opinion of myself and so many other's i know about the whole Bush (and i like to think) the Blair regime and what they have done! Songs like "Through Glass" and "Zzyxx Rd." re-visit the more gental side to Stone Sour; but again..every song is well written and so beautifully put-together that these songs dont seem out of place at all! In conclusion... Their second album is one of my all time fave's and shud be given 100/10! not just 10/10!
Now we turn it up a notch with their new Special edition "Come What(ever) May" Album. I just got it today and i was totally blown away! 6 BRAND NEW TRACKS, and an entire live gig filmed in Russia October 2006. Ok first things first...the new tracks:
13 - Suffer (9/10) - Wow! for an extra track its something special, heavy with some sweet screams, the music is tight and at times brutal! This song could have sit very nicely on the original version of the album, and in my opinion is on a par with songs like "Get Inside", "Orchids", "30/30-150", and "Reborn" (my personal fave's). I Would love to see the boy's perform this song live!
14 - Fruitcake (8/10) - This is a nice track! Strong throughout; clever lyrics and kewl guitar and drums! One that you can easily sing along to but still rock out to aswell! Its kind of the same throughout tho...but this aint a bad thing by any means! :-) if it aint broke dont fix it rite?!
15 - The Day I Let go (8/10) - The opening of this track has some sweet drumming on it; kinda reminds me of Ill Nino a little (don't ask). Coming in at 5 minutes 5 seconds it's one of the longest (if not the longest) tracks Stone Sour have ever made. Another nice and kind of gental song...i'm not a huge music buff so i'm not gonna attempt to go into the guitars or drums and how they're played etc, people reading a review don't wanna hear that, they wanna hear wot happens and if it's good or bad? This track is good, not standard Stone Sour and in some ways not expected, but I Like it and think its a decent track.
16 - Freeze Dry Seal (7/10) - Well structured, well written and well played! Not one of their best by any strecth of the imagination, but i still think its pretty good. Corey doesn't scream his throat to shreds, instead sings with purpose and very well indeed!
17 - Wicked Game (9/10) - The first cover on any album that Stone Sour have done - Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" is a very well known track and virtually everyone i'm sure know the lyrics "And I dont wanna fall inlove - with you!" For those of us who have seen Stone Sour live will know that inbetween "Bother" and "Through Glass" with guitar in hand Corey sings his heart out to a few verse's of this song! So it's of no major surprise that he has covered the song in its entirety here! I'm not sure if this was a studio recording or an intimate performance but its definitatley live! And the best i've heard Corey sing ever i think! Top class.
18 - The Frozen (10/10) - Remember track 13. Omega anyone?!? Well i do and this track is very similar..it's not a song, but rather a 3 minute 4 second episode of the all-knowing Corey unloading his infinite knowledge on us all...and personally I love it! There should be a uni degree title "Corey Taylor's philosophy" damn I'd take it! Personally I cant get enough of this type of stuff; for me it shows theres so much more to Corey that the mask wearing psycho he is in Slipknot; theres real substance to the man, a man who is fast becoming an idol and a legend in the music industry!
The Bonus DVD! - 10/10 (easily) The live gig in Moscow, Russia is totally awesome! I've seen the guy's 3 times in total, and I believe you can only really measure a band and see what their about once you've seen them live. The quality of the music and especailly Corey's voice is something only truely appreciated when u see them in the flesh! Not only that but u get the impression that the band are there for you, not the other way around. Corey truely looks like he is honoured, humbled and moved when the whole crowd start chanting "COREY COREY COREY" and sing every word to every song! Hell the dude was nearly in tears when it happened back in March(2007) at the Academy in Birmingham. The DVD set-list is well balanced, amazingly-well performed and shows the band at their best; to see them at their uber-best...go to a live gig yourself and don't even try and say that it wasn't one of the best you've ever been apart of! cuz you'll be lying!
The entire package of the Special Edition CD is truely awesome! Totally worthy of a 5 star rating and it won't be on your cd-rack; it will be in your stereo playing at full blast! - What do you think i'm doing right now?! :-)
Come What(ever) May is yet another must-have for Metal fans and may also attract a wider audience due to Corey Taylor's fantastic clean vocals which are heard many times through the album. The heavy tracks such as '30/30-150' will also greatly satisfy the people into heavier types of metal.
The thing I also noticed about this album is that each song has its own unique sound, which is more than can be said for Stone Sour's debut album. Sure, that was a great album, but after a few listens all the songs seemed to sound a bit samey. Not with this album though. Each song is better than the next.
Stand out tracks are:
Come What(ever) May
There are some points when the lyrics get a bit silly e.g. in the song 'Sillyworld' itself, when Corey says: 'So take those fingers tape 'em up and shove 'em up your ass.' However, lyrics like these do not spoil the album due to its brilliance. Above all, this album brings out Corey's singing ability and shows to everyone that he can do more than scream.
You have not lived if you haven't heard this album. Stone Sour are NOT a Slipknot side project, they are a band whose immense talent should be recognised by more people. They really are fantastic