Stoned & Dethroned is the fifth album by the Scottish alternative band The Jesus and Mary Chain. For the first time since Psychocandy, JAMC recorded with an actual full band. ", After making a name for themselves with a blistering, beach boys fuzz-infused wall of sound, the Jesus and Mary Chain took a side step and produced some really beautiful heartfelt works of art including the iconic single "Sometimes Always" (a duet with pop goodness Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star fame). The previous four albums by nature were dank, tense, indie rock as they distorted their way to precocious legend and created an iconoclastic backdrop of self-destruction synonymous with that speaker filling feeling. But that all ended with this album which comprises largely of minimalist acoustic, ballads incorporating elements of uplifting and thoughtful and unseemly Jim Morrison sexiness. The sound is also menacingly like Nirvana unplugged. The songs are well crafted, and a fine addition to a JMC fan's collection..
The Jesus And Mary Chain never got their due when it came to songwriting. Fact is, few could take two or three basic chords and craft the kind of simple yet memorable melodies like these guys. Yet the focus was always on the noise, the feedback, the attitude and their legendary early shows, 20-minute walls of noise. They could write good pop tunes, but no one talked about that. While the band's earlier albums are marked by sometimes rampant egoism and self-obsession William and Jim Reid wrote, produced and performed all of their own stuff with drum machines or token band members. Take the feedback away from their earlier material and you have boppy pop songs with twisted lyrics, which is just what you'll find here.
However at 17 tracks long its a little on the long side. get rid of three or four and you've got a great album. This is pretty much the sound of Honey's Dead, just played on acoustic guitars, with the same great rhythm section that gives it a nice full sound rather than a sparse ballad-y sound. Very good little pretty pop songs, easygoing with it's addictive tambourines, melancholic at the right measure. It's a real pop pleasure....
Forget the negative hype enjoy, but unfortunately this album was signalled the death of the Mary Chain who had been around for more that ten years. But what a legacy they have left behind.