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Stoneflower - 2003 Crack A Little Smile

Frode Henriksen - vocals
Jon Johannessen - guitars
Tom Sennerud - guitars, vocals
Svenn Huneide - bass

Steinar Krogstad - drums
Dag Bardstu - hammond, keyboards

I've been looking forward to writing this one for a few weeks now. With the CD arriving over the weekend, it makes a great companion piece for the other recent Norwegian album doing the rounds at the moment On The Rise. After hearing Stoneflower's MP3 medley from their website and drooling in anticipation, I can say that the immiment arrival of this debut CD 'Crack A Little Smile' is well worth the wait. The many and varied references throughout the CD make this a melodic rock smorgasbord, and one you'll always keep coming back for more. Stoneflower have their roots set firmly in the eighties decade, with all of the band members having played in bands before this one. Their sound is exceptionally rich, and the vocal harmonies at times border on stunning. If any of you have heard the Robertson Brothers 'Symmetry' album, then you'll know just how fantastic the vocals were then! We're in the same league here. Being Norwegian, you won't have to look to hard to find influences from some of that country's best musos. Steinar Krogstad guesting on drums is of course ex Stage Dolls, while the credits list includes the likes of Torstein Flakne, Bjorn Boge (ex Davinci, Street Legal), Morten 'Diesel' Dahl and Dag Ingebritsen, the latter two members of TNT. Soundwise, they take the commercial sensibilities of Danish outfit Michael Learns To Rock, and embellish it with the guitar presence of Aussie rockers Southern Sons. So if that combination tickles your fancy, then this is the album for you.

The Songs
Lets check out the songs then. The absolute 'must-mentions' on here are numerous. The strutting guitars on 'Torn To Pieces' belies the melodious chorus that eventuates. Without doubt this is a track that Southern Sons could've owned! Opener 'Rock My Nation' is the best representation of Stoneflower's style - containing a chorus that you'll remember for a long time to come. The bass and keyboard lines are prominent too. 'baby baby won't you rock my nation, I'm going crazy 'cause I don't know where you are, I've been calling you - on every station..'. Stoneflower also get the acoustic/electric jangle thing happening on 'If U Say' - very smooth, very commerical, and a contender for repeat-play. The rock ballad 'Whenever' is so much like the Robertson Brothers it's scary - and thats a compliment! Fans of Michael Learns To Rock circa their 'Colours' album will get a kick out of some these tunes. 'Sign On' has that trademark Hammond organ you'd swear it was Jascha Richter playing. 'Only U' is another to get the Scandi seal of approval, with Frode Henriksen's impassioned vocals the icing on the cake. 'Stop The Thunder' is an energetic slice of melodic rock, slightly heavier than the efforts gone before, while 'Winter' moves in the opposite direction: a piano laced ballad with accompanying vocals.

In Summary
'Crack A Little Smile' is the sort of album that will appeal to many. Traditional melodic rockers, eighties AOR diehards, or todays modern pop afficienados will undoubtedly get a kick out of this. Like their contemporaries On The Rise, you won't find any loose moments on this album, a pleasing melodic romp through 45 minutes playing time. I am expecting big wraps for this band to do real well on the Melodic Rock circuit during 2003. Get familiar with Stoneflower now, and ask your local supplier to stock this CD pronto, because at this stage its only available locally in Norway! Check out the Stoneflower MP3 medley featured in our Downloads area, so you can hear what I'm talking about.. Watch this space for more on Stoneflower.

Produced By: Tom Sennerud, assisted by the Explicit Twins
Track Time: 44.49

Track Listing:
01 Rock My Nation
02 Songs Of Love
03 If U Say
04 Whenever
05 Only U
06 Sign On
07 A Little Bit Of Money
08 Stop The Thunder
09 Winter
10 Torn To Pieces
11 Rat Razor

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#1 | gdazegod on November 05 2014 08:30:13
Fantastic news for 2014. Stoneflower return with a brand new album 'Destination Anywhere'. More news shortly..

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