There are some really great artists around right but the trouble is that they are often obscured beneath a surfeit of mediocrity. Artists like Stone Mary, from Nova Scotia, take mediocrity to its mind-numbing peak.
Where do we start with this? The Guitar Hero riffs? The bland, cookie-cutter arrangements that sound like a project patched together with a few GarageBand loops? The pointless and totally unmerited guitar solos? Get a calendar. This is 2011 not 1987 and you are not Slash making Appetite For Destruction or Eddie Van Halen making 1984, so there is no excuse. The trying-way-too-hard-to-look-badass-but-failing-completely album cover photograph of front lady Christine Campbell? (I wouldn’t be surprised the snag in Campbell’s fishnets was even added right before that photograph was taken). Say cheeeeeese.
It’s obvious what this Halifax, NS are aiming for but the end result just sounds phony. And absolutely outdated too – a plastic, soulless imitation of what rock and roll used to be, and totally irrelevant in 2011. If you want to hear hard rock in 2011 worth listening to then wait for the new Darkness album due out later this year – that will be fun.
An atrociously bland, bland, bland, paint-by-numbers rock album. Here’s the kicker: Hell Bound Gypsy Train is currently nominated for two Music Nova Scotia Awards: Rock Recording of the Year and Loud Recording of the Year. Shocker.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
Internet link: Stone Mary