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Review: Black Stone Cherry; Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

2 years is a long time. It's 730 days long. Around  17,531 hours. You don't need me to tell you that's a hell of a long time to wait for an album. Nearly every hard rock fan has been holding there breath since 2008, eagerly anticipating another dosage of hard rock medicine, and this album doesn't leave you drowsy or a bitter aftertaste.  This album, named Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea offers excellence on every song, each a little bit different from the other. Whether they're the blatant songs to get a crowd jumping, or just your garden variety track with a little bit of post grunge darkness to add a little zing. This album is what everyone needs. Rising to number 1 of the UK rock chart almost instantly, the album makes even the most dedicated soft rock fan think twice.

The album offers 40 minutes and 33 seconds of pure excellence, injected straight into the brain. It gives a distinct note of no-holds-barred, bare knuckle hard rock, added with a little bit of grunge and a zing of heavy metal, just to stir everything up. The 1st song on the album, White Trash Millionaire, is probably one of my favourite songs of the year so far. With a slightly grungy feel to the song, it sounds like Nirvana on ecstasy, with The Smashing Pumpkins on meth thrown into the pot, and left to boil for a few hours.

On the other end of the scale, the next song, Killing Floor is an aptly made, basic heavy metal song, the sort you'd hear from any rock club. The heavy bass, guitars, drums and expertly composed vocals appeal to all fans of the genre, and keeps you hooked.

After this, the next track is In My Blood. A slightly slower track. Imagine Come As You Are by Nirvana, crossed with, dare I say, 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins. It blends a smooth vocal style with the electro-acoustic guitar mastery you'd expect from this band.

Such A Shame is the immediate follower. Instantly, it kicks into something which sounds similar to Walk With Me In Hell by Lamb Of God. But any hopes of a hardcore slobberknocker are dashed, with the introduction of the vocals, but which leaves a resonating feel of something which is both soft and heavy at the same time.

Won't Let Go, track 5 of the album is another acoustic master song which will win over any doubting rock fans who think that Black Stone Cherry don't deserve the credentials they have. With both an acoustic yet deep feel to the song, this will win over even the most stony hearted person.

My personal favourite from the album follows closely behind. Blame It On The Boom Boom blends both a slightly satiric lyric style with the added extra of a deep, booming bass and deep guitar notes. This song is what makes the album what it is. This song encapsulates the entire album, in 3 minutes and 11 seconds

.Like I Roll is an instant favourite with many people. I can see why. With the rock element, a lot like that of Theory Of A Deadman gives the song the edge with rock fans. It sounds a lot like something from the Foo Fighters, something like a cross between Everlong and Times Like These. This is a song which can't help but put a smile on your face, and leave it there for the rest of the day.

Can't You See then trails along, with the deep, dark bass getting inside your mind almost instantly, with the deep lyric style and voice cutting in like an old woman getting on a bus. A must listen to, grungy song which you can't help but like.

Let Me See You Shake is next, and is an obvious, crowd orientated song. Well, it has to be with a name like that. A song based around sex, it infuses the Crazy Bitch styled song from Buckcherry, along with a catchy bass and guitar backtrack.

Stay then rocks up into your face, with an almost instant singing, followed by an acoustic guitar track, followed almost instantly by an electric feel. This song sounds a lot like If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback, which I think will make a few people happy.

The penultimate song is a heavy, grungy, Lonely Train style song called Change, which this song needn't. Heavy lyrics, powerful guitars and bass and thumping drums make this song an almost instant hit with the aged Black Stone Cherry fans.

All I'm Dreamin' Of is the final song on the album, and for those who enjoy acoustic songs, they will like this indeed. It is a combination of mellow, catchy and just enjoyable. A song which rounds off the album nicely. An album which deserves a lot of recognition for what it is. And what it is is a truly stunning, heavy and mellow album.

As for drawbacks, well. There are none. I mean this when I say this. This album is just perfect. A true blend of raw power and soft focusing music. A true hit, and possibly my favourite album of the year so far.

Album score:

Basic score - 5/5
Songs on album - 5/5
Variety - 5/5
Music styles - 5/5
Other - 5/5

Overall score - 25/25 - A truly great album. Do whatever you can to get this album. Buy it, steal it, sell your body to science for it. Trade a goat for it. Just get it into your CD rack and your iTunes library.

Review: Black Stone Cherry; Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea Review: Black Stone Cherry; Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea Reviewed by Matt Large on Monday, July 04, 2011 Rating: 5

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