Black Stone Cherry
Folklore and Superstition


4.5
superb

Review

by Zippermouth USER (21 Reviews)
October 24th, 2008 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Black Stone Cherry is back full-force with more soulful vocals and firey guitars in their new release: Folklore and Superstition.

One day, while searching the internet for some decent music, I stumbled across a song called "Blind Man" by Black Stone Cherry. I'd never heard of the band before, but the instant the song started, I knew I had struck gold. In only 3:40 I was overwhelmed by an awesome, crushing guitar tone and one of the best vocalists I had ever heard. I decided to look up their new album and see what other people were saying about it. Surprisingly very few people have even heard of them, let alone bothered to write a review. So the heck with it; I'll write a review.

Blind Man (4.5/5)
This song starts off with a nasty biting guitar tone backed by a simple tom beat on the drums. After a few seconds the second guitar comes in, smoothing out the edgy tones of the lead. The drums explode into an awesome rhythm, matching the guitars almost note for note. Then, Chris Robertson really brings the song to life with his incredible raspy vocal tones. "Blind Man" also sports a great chorus and a killer solo. If there was ever a good way to start an album, this is it.

Please Come in (4/5)
This song's opening guitar is obviously a tribute to BSC's southern rock roots, sporting a nice heavy groove that continues on through the song. The lyrics aren’t especially intriguing, but they have a nice feel and gives the song a lighter touch. Not my favorite, but definitely something to listen to.

Reverend Wrinkle (4.5/5)
Another song, based off of an excellent guitar groove. However, this song is also backed by a great trebly lead guitar if you listen closely. There's also a short interlude that packs in some cool bass licks alongside the drums. I especially like the chorus which is later brought to life by a wicked solo.

Soulcreek (4/5)
Although similar to the previous songs on this album, "Soulcreek" adds in something extra, the powerful choir-backed vocals on the chorus. The addition of a choir seems to emphasize on Robertson's excellent singing. The solo that kicks in after about two minutes flows seamlessly with the rest of the song, and leads right back into the chorus. This is easily the most flowing song on the album.

Things My Father Said (5/5)
When the song starts off with a beautiful piano piece, violin and soft but bright acoustic guitar, one thing becomes obviously apparent; this is going to be a sad song. The lyrics of course confirm this, telling the story of the tragic death of a father and the son who continues his legacy. The whole song is a very powerful experience is you decide to listen to it, which I would recommend that you do, immediately.

The Bitter End (5/5)
The album picks back up again after the slowdown of "Things My Father Said" with "The Bitter End." This song takes off with a heavy palm-muted riff and an excellent drum roll. Fred Young really shows off his talent as a drummer throughout this song, as does Chris and Ben Wells with their guitar playing. The chorus opener sounds perfect, as does the fire-breathing solo. A powerful effort by BSC, "The Bitter End" is definitely my favorite song on this album.

Long Sleeves (4.5/5)
The exotic lead tones of the guitar is the beginning sets the stage for another awesome song. The lyrics are dark and moody and the chorus is rather depressing: "Don't ask why, I've seen children die, I've seen men take their lives, I've seen women cry..." The solo doesn’t exactly fit the mood with its ludicrous sound and funky beat. Altogether though, it’s a decent song.

Peace Is Free (5/5)
Another excellent song, similar to "Things My Father Said" but without the sorrowful lyrics. The chorus also features the choir vocals that were heard earlier in "Soulcreek" that add a very pleasing touch to the song. My favorite line in the album is in this song "Don’t you bring your sadness down on me, peace is free." This is one of the albums most inspiring tracks.

Devil's Queen (4/5)
One of the things that makes this song interesting is the keyboard that comes in loud and clear throughout the first two minutes. This song's fast pace, and uplifting beat make it a great song to listen to anytime, any place. Also to note "Devil's Queen" sports a dual solo that flickers between two snarling guitars that drag it out even as the song begins to fade.

The Key (4/5)
The intro is interesting enough featuring a unique guitar sound produced by, turning down one of the pickup's volume to 0 and switching between the two Humbuckers to create a choppy tone. The lyrics throughout are creepy and provoking. The interlude is surrounded by a strange mood, emphasized by several strange musical noises emanating from the background. The chorus could be more unique but it’s still a great song.

You (4.5/5)
This song is less concentrated on the guitar and more on Chris's vocals. One of the best parts of "You" is the emotionally fueled chorus. Fred Young once again, unleashes his skill throughout the song with great rolls and flowing beats. Not as good as "Peace Is Free" but still one of my favorites.

Sunrise (3/5)
As you may have noticed, this is the lowest rated song on the album. Its good, but considering the rest of the album, its not especially unique. The epic buildup to the chorus seems awkward considering that the chorus itself is anything but epic. Also, the guitar seems out of place throughout most of the song.

Ghost of Floyd Collins (5/5)
As the album approaches its end, BSC decides to make a memorable finish. This song tells the unfortunate tale of Floyd Collins who died trapped in an underground cave in Kentucky. It seems that BSC is trying to honor their home-state history. If this was their intention, they did an excellent job. The riffs are well planned and they intertwine beautifully with the lyrics. "The Ghost of Floyd Collins," is an excellent finisher to a classic album.

In conclusion, this was my favorite album of the year, and definitely worth purchasing if you have some extra money to spend. I recommend getting the special edition, which features the bonus tracks "Junkman", "Stranger", and "Bulldozer."



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zippermouth
October 24th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey everyone, this is my second review. I tried a little harder this time. If you see any glaring errors, point them out to me please. My rating system isnt as bogus this time, don't worry.

And to AtaVanHalen, I tirednot writng track-by-track and the end result was horrible, so i'll stick with this.

marksellsuswallets
October 24th 2008


4851 Comments


I really can't see the argument for this being anything more than mildly enjoyable mainstream rock with a southern tinge to it...kind of like Hinder with a better vocalist and competent guitarists....
As far as the review, its not half bad for a track by track...still though TBT's are a bit tedious and if the intro paragraph is any indication I really think you are more than capable of writing a normal essay type review...

foreverendeared
October 24th 2008


14677 Comments


yeah i agree with marksellsuswallets. also please don't be afraid to actually utilize the advice of experienced users here, unlike some users around here
*COUGHgblackmanCOUGH*

beans
October 24th 2008


2328 Comments


there really isnt enough supporting to make this a 5 at all man

Bleak123
October 24th 2008


1900 Comments


This album isn't as good as the debut, it just seems less exciting all done before whatever. basically it's ok but a bit meh.

beans
October 24th 2008


2328 Comments


i've heard one song off this and its about the same stuff, but it did sound a bit less enjoyable for some reason, i will need to download this at some point

Bleak123
October 24th 2008


1900 Comments


Iit is near enough the same, although i'd say slightly more mainstream than before? And I think because it's not such a 'new sound' (I use that term lightly) is the reason this isn't as enjoyable.

beans
October 29th 2008


2328 Comments


the one song i've heard from this is good

catchy as fuck

Zippermouth
October 29th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Which song was it? Or are you trying to hide it from us?

CushMG15
February 20th 2009


1810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Saw these guys live last night and they fucking slayed. Their drummer is the truth. So good.

ConorMichaelJoseph
March 7th 2009


1870 Comments


Album is good, band is good, review is good. Southern Rock may well rise thanks to these guys.

Vanwarp
March 9th 2009


86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wasn't expecting it to be this good...money well spent!

Fxxkit13
May 27th 2009


1565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I really can't see the argument for this being anything more than mildly enjoyable mainstream rock with a southern tinge to it...kind of like Hinder with a better vocalist and competent guitarists"











Nothing like hinder.

gaslightanthem
May 27th 2009


5208 Comments


still sucks

Fxxkit13
May 28th 2009


1565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

in your opinion sure.

but i have a hard time listening to someone who thinks that neutral milk hotel and rightfully be called music

gaslightanthem
May 28th 2009


5208 Comments


i'm not being funny but you consider bland metal like cradle of filth and slipknot classics and then try and rag on me for liking neutral milk hotel

rofl



ConorMichaelJoseph
May 28th 2009


1870 Comments


you consider bland metal like cradle of filth and slipknot classics

Ew
Is this guy Hawks?

Fxxkit13
May 28th 2009


1565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its not that I'm trying to rag on your liking for Neutral Milk Hotel.

its the simple fact that they suck enough to warrant anyone who likes them to be immediately ridiculed by people who actually listen to MUSIC.





Fxxkit13
May 28th 2009


1565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So its okay for him to come at bands that i like...?

Nuh Uh.

gaslightanthem
May 29th 2009


5208 Comments


well the difference is the bands you like suck and the bands i like rule

neutral milk hotel are o-sums



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