Song by song review
Crash is an alternative rock song that has a nice flow. For this genre of music it’s very suitable as a single. It’s obviously inspired by religion. Which is something 12 Stones doesn’t mind showing. Musically this song hints to bands as Staind, Incubus & Papa Roach from time to time but there’s definitely something in the music that is different. Also, 12 Stones plays without a bass player but with an additional guitar player. That gives it a little different feel, but basically the song is a pretty straight-forward catchy rock song. Pure rock.
By far the catchiest and most mainstream song on the album, though the distorted guitars and distinct voice of Paul McCoy lift this song in the alternative rock genre. It’s very fit for radio though. With songs by Breaking Benjamin, Staind, Creed/Alter Bridge, Lostprophets, Papa Roach, and other similar artists doing well on radio, I suspect this one will follow.
The Way I Feel
This song is a little bit softer than the first two songs on the album. But this song is a good example of a song that builds up to a climax. The verses are slowly building up to the chorus and the lyrics of the song are probably religion-influenced but they can be interpreted in many different ways and will speak to a lot of people. It’s not one of the most original songs, cause it could well be taken off a Staind album or be a Breaking Benjamin demo song. But with the voice and the guitar riffs by 12 Stones it gets it’s own character anyway.
Open Your EyesThe intro makes you suspect a song based on distortion is coming up, but when Paul McCoy starts singing it seems that’s not the case. The song is pretty interesting actually. Yes, there is a lot of distortion in it, but it’s balanced out quite well and the production of this song is remarkably well. The lyrics aren’t the best on the cd but the song is addictive and will probably be a success during live sets.
Home is probably one of the best songs on the album. A little mainstream rock-ish, but not as much as Broken. But it carries on in the same idea. Very tight song. Good rhythm and excellent vocals, well-produced and ready to go. Will do great during live shows and it would be a good single.
Up-tempo rock song. Very straight-forward. Lyrics that can be interpreted in many different ways. Sounds like it has all the ingredients to be a good song. Yes, that’s true, but it lacks a little originality. Though I must admit, 12 Stones puts everything in this song, which lifts it to a higher level and makes this song well-worth listening to. I won’t skip it while listening to the cd.
Back Up is one of the most alternative songs on the album. Probably the most original song too. In it’s own way it is catchy and the lyrics are profound. I think this song, if well-performed, would be very successful live song. But also, this song is definitely an album track, not something that could be released as a single. But 12 Stones made a very decent, well-crafted song that will probably be one of the fans’ favourites.
Soulfire is another alternative track that reminds me of 311 sometimes but then a lot more alternative rock style. The song couldn’t convince me though the lyrics are not bad. Pretty decent song but nothing that sticks out. I guess with a little more thought this song could’ve been a lot better.
In My Head
Probably one of my favourite songs on the album. Has the same vibe as Broken & Home did. A little softer even, maybe. I really like the lyrics. Could be interpreted as a love song, though I don’t think that was the intent. I think it was a more religious intent. The song’s filled up with a few strong guitar riffs and rhythmic this song stands tall all the way. Good effort.
Running Out Of Pain
My favourite song on the album, and in my opinion also the best song on there. They lyrics are awesome, the vocals are perfect and this song just breathes the emotion that it suggests. Guitar in this song is very delicate and well-performed, as are the drums, which are built up nicely. This song could be a single, though I would advice against it. I think a lot of fans could be picking this as their favourite song though. I recommend this song to everyone who enjoys alternative rock or straight-forward rock.
A Mix of Staind, Creed, Nickelback & Papa Roach. Basically a nu-metal, post-grunge rock song. With thoughtful lyrics and soaring vocals, this song has the complete package. It’s a good example of what 12 Stones is capable of, musically. One of the stronger tracks on the album. There’s repetition in the song but just enough to make it great and not more than necessary, so the song itself doesn’t get repetitive. Paul McCoy shows diversity in the use of his vocals and the drums are tight on this track, while the guitars are central in this song. They are the focus that builds up this track. Everybody wants to be independent and make their own decisions. That’s basically what this song’s about. So this could be one of their more successful songs.
A good closer for this album. Fairly up-beat and up-tempo, this song has interesting progressive rock elements and nice guitar riffs. Very creative and very well executed. The melody/rhythm reminds me of 3 Doors Down a lot. But this song tends more towards progressive rock/nu-metal than 3 Doors Down’s music does. Also the distorted guitars and nice progressive guitar riffs make this song very different. It stands on it’s own and it stands strong.