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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
It's appropriate that this earnest, young quartet of rockers is signed to the label that squired Creed to multiplatinum superstardom. Like Creed, 12 Stones deliver accessible, middle-of-the-road, postgrunge rock throughout... more »
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It's appropriate that this earnest, young quartet of rockers is signed to the label that squired Creed to multiplatinum superstardom. Like Creed, 12 Stones deliver accessible, middle-of-the-road, postgrunge rock throughout their formulaic debut. Having emerged from the small burg of Mandeville, Louisiana, they serve up songs that tap (albeit at times tritely) into the self-doubt and romantic woes of post-Ritalin teens ("Patiently waiting by the phone / Hoping that you will call me home"). The songs, though, are honest and deeply felt, especially when singer Paul McCoy summons a metallic growl and Eric Weaver's sinuous guitar yields memorable melodies and acute solos. The menacing drums and agitation of "My Life" make it a highlight; ditto the speedy, edgy rocker "Eric's Song" and the passionate "Soulfire." --Katherine Turman
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incubus1 | 10/19/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"12 Stones' debut, way back in 2002, is one of the masses that was forgotten in a sea of carbon-copy radio bands. Did they deserve to be looked over? Neh. But I'm not surprised they were since the only reason they found any amount of fame was because Paul McCoy sang with Amy Lee in the insanely overplayed Evanescence breakout smash Bring Me To Life. But, as time has shown, you cannot kill 12 Stones because they're still at it, putting out above average rock tunes.
As for the self-titled debut, this is easily their best to date. Yes, it has an all too familiar ring throughout the duration, but God help me, I have a huge soft spot for rock like this. Paul's voice is crisp and clear, the band puts some very catchy riffs to good use, and the lyrics, while religious, can be taken in any number of different ways (a plus). The big downside to this CD is that, by the final few songs, the lack of real variety runs thin and you find yourself wanting something more. Not to mention that most of the ridiculously good songs are lumped into the first half of the disc.
12 Stones isn't for everyone. They wear their religious background on thier sleeves, they really don't experiment with their sound at all, every song follows the same path as the one before it, and yes, Paul's vocal delivery can be frustrating at times. If you can look past all those pitfalls, then this CD is full of good hard rock fodder. Crash is an exceptional, powerful opener, The Way I Feel is more of a down trodden song, Fade Away has a pulse pounding chorus, I beg you not to sing along to the emotional In My Head, and even despite the uninventiveness of Soulfire, it's still a fun song to listen to.
All in all, given the period of time 12 Stones' debut came out, it's aged very well. It offers nothing new to the genre but it also doesn't try to be anything it isn't. While it would've been nice to have a bit more variety thrown into the mix, this is a nice trip down memory lane. If you're looking for a straight-forward rock record, 12 Stones is recommended."