ALBUM OF THE WEEK: June 19th - 25th
In light of Chad Kroeger’s bold and probably fatal move of not only dissing Cory Taylor’s second band, Stone Sour, but said “They’re trying to be Nickleback,” this week’s album is going to be Stone Sour’s self-titled album, and their first release, Stone Sour.
Firstly, Chad, One of Stone Sour’s biggest hits is “Bother,” so don’t go saying that they haven’t written a hit before. “Bother” has to be one of the most tear-jerking, and heartfelt ballads anyone has ever written. Secondly, the first track in this album is nothing but a solid punch in the face. “Get Inside” is an angry and unrelenting song that can get any crowd riled up.
The first three songs are great and still full of traces of Taylor’s Slipknot-writing mindset, which isn’t a bad thing. (So no, Chad, they’re not trying to be like Nickleback at all.) “Blotter” starts off with a rather amusing voice message sent to Taylor by two drunk bandmates. But of course, the song that follows is sleazy and brutal with a chorus that’s almost sweetly sung.
A unique number on this album is a narrative track of Taylor reciting a poem, called Omega. I must have listened to that poem a million times to figure out what his point was. There probably wasn’t one in particular. And not once throughout this album did I hear a single misogynistic song about a strip club.
Point being, Stone Sour has been a good band since the beginning. Taylor keeps the lyrics real and the tunes tasty. I’m excited to hear their new album, which will be released on June 30th.
(And also, Nickleback is a meme band, and at least Stone Sour is still relevant.)