Black Stone Cherry
Black Stone Cherry


4.0
excellent

Review

by tiesthatbind USER (46 Reviews)
September 18th, 2010 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Consistently strong musicianship and vocals make Black Stone Cherry's debut a real treat for rock fans.

If you’re looking for a fresh sound in today’s rock scene, then look no further than Black Stone Cherry. They mix the down-tuned guitars of modern hard rock with Lynyrd Skynyrd-influenced southern rock. And unlike some modern rock bands who just sprinkle on a few bent notes as an afterthought to a typical post-grunge sound, such as Theory of a Deadman, they utilize the southern rock sound to the fullest and create an excellent sound that’s anything but generic. They pull together their rock, grunge, and metal influences into a very confident-sounding debut.

They’re the rare modern rock band where no member really upstages the rest since each one is so talented. Chris Robertson’s powerful, rough voice is complimented well by his talented companions. The guitarists display strong chops, making the most of their Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd influences in their bluesy riffs and fills while also proving to be adequate at delivering the crunchy metal-influenced riffs as well. They also deliver plenty of magnificent guitar solos throughout the album. The drummer demonstrates a high level of technical skill for a rock drummer. He makes his presence known throughout the album, playing ear-catching patterns and constantly throwing in fills to mix things up. He locks in with the guitarists to make each song memorable musically.

The perfect example of this is the heaviest and best song on the album, Lonely Train. It comes charging down the tracks with a fast-paced groovy riff throughout the song. It provides a good dose of adrenaline, and it was an excellent choice for a lead single. The heavier tracks are clearly where the band is most comfortable, and tracks like Backwoods Gold and Shooting Star deliver plenty of good heavy riffing. Rain Wizard is another highlight, being simultaneously one of the album’s heaviest tracks and one of its catchiest.

Even though the band’s strength is typically in the aforementioned heavier numbers, the lightest tracks on the album end up being major highlights. The more melodic Hell and High Water features some nice bluesy guitarwork, including a particularly impressive guitar solo. Tired of the Rain mixes in an organ to great effect, and Chris adds more soul to his voice this time, delivering his best vocals on the album. Closer Rollin’ On is a great anthem-style track, and the shredding solo at the end closes out the album in style. These tracks add a great deal of diversity to the album, and really drive home the fact that Black Stone Cherry isn’t your typical modern rock band.

All in all, Black Stone Cherry delivers a very consistent debut, mostly free of filler. Sure, the formula does get pretty predictable, with the guitar solo usually coming right when you would expect it, but the band continually executes it well enough that it isn’t an issue. When The Weight Comes Down is a fairly uninteresting mid-tempo track, and Violator Girl feels like a weaker retread of the fun southern romp of Crosstown Woman, but the tracklist is well organized, so that the few weaker tracks are just mild bumps on a very enjoyable ride.

Black Stone Cherry’s debut is the sound of a band having a lot of fun, and making some great southern rock songs in the process. It showed great potential for a young band, and is very enjoyable thanks to its continually engaging musicianship. If they were to get the right amount of exposure, southern rock may well rise thanks to Black Stone Cherry.

Top Tracks:

Lonely Train
Hell and High Water
Rain Wizard
Tired of the Rain
Rollin’ On



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tiesthatbind
September 18th 2010


7441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been working on this review for too long, glad I finally got it done.



Awesome band.

bailar12
September 18th 2010


1766 Comments


is it as good as alter bridge?

Curse.
September 18th 2010


8057 Comments


Lonely Train is the only song I ever listened to by these guys but it was pretty good if i remember correctly

tiesthatbind
September 18th 2010


7441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is it as good as alter bridge?


Of course not.

bailar12
September 18th 2010


1766 Comments


is it as good as... dare i say...... EMERY!??!

Emim
September 18th 2010


27673 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

YES A MARK TREMONTI GUITAR SOLO

tiesthatbind
September 18th 2010


7441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man, he brings the SHRED.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2010


8054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is great.



Good songs overall, although few of them stay in memory.

DoubtGin
September 18th 2010


6880 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this; second one was disappointing

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 18th 2010


8573 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review ties. I enjoy this, but I would love it even more if the rest of the album would also have the heavy edge of the first three songs. Those are absolutely my favorites.



EDIT: You should ask this to be flagged

Maniac!
September 18th 2010


28051 Comments


On it.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 18th 2010


8573 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool, didn't know you liked this that much Maniac!. I wouldn't have thought this to be your kind of music.

Maniac!
September 18th 2010


28051 Comments


Lol. Love me some southern rock and metal.

I also have a thing for mainstream hard rock. Chevelle/Red/Breaking Benjamin/ etc etc

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2010


24487 Comments


The drummer of this band rules

Digging: Cradle of Filth - Midian

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2010


8054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The drummer of this band rules



hell yeah!

Emim
September 18th 2010


27673 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listened to this and it's good.

BigHans
September 18th 2010


29393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Downloading both their albums now, I meant to put this on my list and forgot, I youtubed a few tracks, this is right up my alley.

tiesthatbind
September 18th 2010


7441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Brandon (Maniac).



Hans, you'll love this, I guarantee it.

Maniac!
September 18th 2010


28051 Comments


No prob. take a pos too

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2010


24487 Comments


This is band is pretty great. Although I enjoy this album overall more then their sophomore album, the songs I like from Folklore and Superstition I like lot more then the songs I enjoy from this album.



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