From The Streets Of Rock City Hannover / Germany




FAMILY TREE / 52:56 Min.

Mascot Label Group

In the 17th year of their career, the successful American act returns to its musical roots. Black Stone Cherry's sixth studio album is characterized by passionate Southern Rock, which was last featured in this continuity on the 2006 debut album.

The Blues runs like a runs like a unifying thread through the entire album, except for the wonderfully funky soul chunk "James Brown", which has quickly become the reviewer's favorite album. If the albumopener "Bad Habit" is still a bit awkward, the handbrake will be released and freed playing at the latest with "New Kinda Feelin '" and "Carry Me On Down". The relaxed, grooving "My Last Breath" scores with slideguitar sounds and tastefully horns. Once again the whole band enthuses with their tight and compact performance and star guests like Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule) on "Dancin' In The Rain" would not have been necessary in principle. Nevertheless, this number in the band's song catalogue should do quite well.

After the first half Black Stone Cherry are in top form again. With "Aint' Nobody", "You Got The Blues" or "I Need A Woman" the guys spit fart-dry, atmospheric Southern Rock- blast out on the assembly line, partly garnished with great soul songs. In these moments you want to pat singer Chris Robertson on the back, who makes FAMILY TREE with his sometimes energetic, sometimes emotional vocal performance one of the strongest records that Black Stone Cherry has produced in their career. It seems to me that the combo has finally found its style. So please start the next album exactly where FAMILY TREE ends.

Review: Marc Schipper