The Mother Stone

Caleb Landry Jones - The Mother Stone
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #556 / 819
User Score
Based on 109 ratings
2020 Ratings: #648
Liked by 6 people
Sign In to rate and review



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.

Thanks to @elitimesfour for the recommendation!! :)

This was an interesting listen, if I say so myself. I half expected this suck solely based on the fact that this was made by an actor (Angelic 2 the Core), but I still gave it a chance. And yeah, it was worth it!!! It has that 60s prog rock vibe to it and it almost feels like I'm listening to a Velvet Underground or a Pink Floyd, with its weird and atmospheric vibe it goes for. Not to mention every track bleeds into each other, creating this ... 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.
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
Favorite Tracks: All I Am in You / The Big Worm, Little Planet Pig
Swapping the film set for the music studio, Caleb Landry Jones debut is a self-made opera of grandeur and theatrics. It’s not for relaxed listening; the crashing of instruments and echoed howling voices that work alongside Jones’s lead vocals create a thunderous and often overwhelming cascade of sound. With 15 tracks (many of which extend past five minutes long), the album does contain stretches that require endurance as much as enjoyment. Despite its length the album is ... read more
Purchasing The Mother Stone from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Contributions By
anztec, patton, Novell_sx, domvic, bgod
Become a Donor
Donor badge, no ads + more benefits.

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

Year End Lists

#18/Les Inrocks
#42/Riff Magazine
#100/Rough Trade
Sign in to comment

Added on: February 11, 2020