The Mother Stone

Caleb Landry Jones - The Mother Stone
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #485 / 710
User Score
Based on 86 ratings
2020 Ratings: #666
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May 1, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
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The Mother Stone is a modern classic.


It's a weird, wonderful opus. A psychedelic, nearly schizophrenic trip of an album, with Jones swivelling rapidly between different character voices and genres.

The Line of Best Fit

Jones isn’t just trying on a costume change with The Mother Stone, it truly is a unique and unwieldy commitment to a sound which is likely the worst possible commercial move for an actor with musical ambitions, which is how we know he means it.

Beats Per Minute

For what it is, a debut record from an established actor, The Mother Stone is a stroke of real promise.


‘The Mother Stone’ is unlike anything else out in music right now. It’s risky and at times, clumsy, but overall, effective.


It's a disorienting, manic, ambitious psychedelic statement filled with constant twists and turns, and this is both its biggest strength and most notable weakness.


The film actor’s musical debut is full of shadowy theatrics and cryptic gibberish. Rarely do you encounter music this bombastic and unreasonable.


Experienced as a whole -- as its gapless sequence suggests it is intended -- The Mother Stone falls into a busy and confusing tangle of parts that becomes exhausting after a while.

Maybe the actor who played Banshee in X-Men First Class created an art rock / progressive abroque pop record with some impressive horn scetions but terrible rock elements and tries to hard to be artsy that it comes off as mostly messy than a coherent album, then I would of said "damn, that would be the craziest thing in 2020". Nah bro, that isn't the crazy thing, the crazy thing is that is not really that bad and is actually okay and not god awful but I am nowhere near going to say ... read more
This is wild.... it wears its influences on its sleeves like few other albums, but it’s still absolutely phenomenal. Absolutely adore this strange concoction. Could end up anywhere from mid 80s to upper 90s, but here’s my feelings so far. The two opening tracks, comprising nearly 1/4 of the runtime are absolute perfection btw.
I really can't work out how I feel about this album. it's either amazing and like a 9+ or it's mediocre and a bit dull.
Um alright then. This is something. Looks like our boy CLJ went on a Magical Mystery Tour and came back with...ahem...a few influences he's not too subtle about. It's not that this album is awful, it's not, but good god how can you be so derivative and not call it a tribute or something. No amount of powdered wigs is going to convince me you weren't just trying to make your own version of the White Album when you sound like Lennon on every god damn song and the instrumentals are just as ... read more
A grab bag of 60s garage pop and 70s glam rock. There's heavy influence from the Beatles, Iggy, Bowie, Reed, The Stones, Kinks, and many more. It does start to wear thin in the second half.
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Track List

  1. Flag Day / The Mother Stone
  2. You're So Wonderfull
  3. I Dig Your Dog
  4. Katya
  5. All I Am in You / The Big Worm
  6. No Where's Where Nothing's Died
  7. Licking the Days
  8. For the Longest Time
  9. The Hodge-Podge Porridge Poke
  10. I Want to Love You
  11. The Great I Am
  12. Lullabbey
  13. No Where's Where Nothing's Died (A Marvelous Pain)
  14. Thanks for Staying
  15. Little Planet Pig
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Added on: February 11, 2020