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CD REVIEW: Broken Stone - "Life After You"
By Gian F - 01/16/2006 - 05:55 PM EST

Artist: Band: Broken Stone
CD Review: Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: Incubus/Puddle Of Mudd
Technical Grade: 9
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10
Commercial Value: 8
Overall Talent Level: 9
Songwriting Skills: 8
Performance Skill: 10
Best Songs: If You Could, Wake Up, Open Me Up, Fallen Out, Never
Weakness: Good hooks. Could be tighter and stickier.
CD Review: What I love about Rock music is the same thing that I love about Rap music: its ability to instantly connect with the listener - if the artist is sincere. Broken Stone, a Rock band from Bloomington, Indiana, is very sincere on their debut project.

They are reminiscent of some of the best bands you've heard of, but they somehow manage to create a sound of their own with melodic bass lines, screaming guitars, driving percussion, and soaring vocals that sing and bust rhymes with equal proficiency. Because this is a first rate "performing" band that puts their heart, soul and talent into every song, their potential for commercial success lies within their ability to expand their fan base with their undeniable brand of energetically hypnotizing Rock.

This is a strong and complete package that Rock fans and industry professionals will want a piece of. It features a radio ready, blockbuster movie ballad, "Open Me Up," which the producers of the next Spiderman or other comic book character turned action hero turned movie star, should consider. It elevates them to another level, as does "Wake Up," which could be a powerful break-out single for them that is sure to resonate at the college and commercial radio level. Broken Stone has placed themselves on my list of bands to watch.

After listening to life after you, it makes the other Rock bands that I've heard so far in 2006 seem irrelevant.

Advice: Get on a tour opening for a major act! You guys are ready for prime time.

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