Review: Black Stone Cherry, Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea

By Georgi Bomb

That southern, almost sexy twang makes no quiet arrival, right from the opening track, White Trash Millionaire, on the third, full-length from all-round American act, Black Stone Cherry . An album overrun with catchy choruses and head banging solos, conjuring up images of scantily clad women gyrating around poles; ironic when the members of the band are no boy group material.

Putting aesthetics aside (because they aren’t THAT unattractive really – sorry), there are many ‘anthem’ songs within the depths of Between The Devil… which was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance and Motorhead). Inclusive of the annoyingly fun song, Blame It On The Boom Boom, originally written for whiskey company, Evan Williams and it can be safely said that the album version sounds much better.

The raspy, Kentucky vocals of frontman Chris Robertson slide effortlessly over the hooks that lie within each track. Ballads like Won’t Let Go scream of summer sun and seem to lock in tender emotion with Like I Roll and Stay. The album tone seems to change from cruising American highways in open top cars to dirty, sleazy, strip clubs reminiscent of the Titty Twister in From Dusk till Dawn.

It is good fun and a heavily enjoyable album if what you are looking for is an easy listening and maturely written summer album. One that is gently littered with the deep and meaningful lost-love song.  Just don’t forget to click back to Blame It On The Boom Boom before you finish.

 Black Stone Cherry are definitely not going anywhere but up as they seem to get stronger with every release. Check them out on their warm up shows before the play Download Festival at Donnington Park next month:

  • June 7 – Leamington Spa Assembly
  • June 8 – Norwich Waterfront
  • June 9 – Cardiff Solus
Download: Blame It On The Boom Boom, Stay, White Trash Millionaire

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea is out from May 30 through RoadRunner Records.

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