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On disc: Black Stone Cherry

Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea

Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea
(Roadrunner Records - 2011)

Black Stone Cherry is a band from Edmonton, Kentucky and they are back with Between The Devil & The Deep Blue See. It's their 3rd full-length album, usually the make-it-or-break-it album, but BSC already achieved more than some bands do in their whole career.

They kick off with White Trash Millionaire, a song which again combines modern American rock with Southern metal - and a good choice for the first single. The heavy riffing and the raspy voice reminds me slightly of Pride & Glory... And Blame It On The Boom Boom sound like a mix of Pride & Glory and some early 90's arena rock band... The opening passage of Killing Floor has an Oriental touch, but then they go full force. The guitars pick up the Eastern sounds embed them in their catchy riff-based tune which also features a passage with distorted vocals. Great tune. Actually the songs show different facets of the BSC sound but still the album sounds homogenous. Their love for country music shows through at songs like In My Blood and All I'm Dreamin' Of - the later features a banjo. The balladesque rocker Won't Let Go has good chances to hit the US charts - the next single? -, fans of bands like Nickelback, 3 Days Grace and Alter Bridge should dig the new Black Stone Cherry album. Or will the catchy Like I Roll make it? The song could become the hymn of the latest generation of truckers... At other songs you will hear reminiscences to The Black Crows, but it's only one facet. Acoustic guitar and vocals lead you into Stay, a beautiful rocker. The 'happy' rocker Change will make you move, the heavy riffs and the slightly aggressive vocals give this one its identity.

Fans of BSC will get the album anyway, but every fan of American alternative should check out Between The Devil & The Deep Blue See. This album is fun, enjoy listening.

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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