AOTY 2023

Hidden Gems

The Blue Stones - Hidden Gems
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Based on 44 ratings
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March 19, 2021 / Release Date
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Canadian Blues-Rock duo from Windsor ON find their groove with their 2nd album. Still heavy rocking but with more R&B and Hip-Hop influences shining through. It's funky, and full of killer pop hooks and some lighter moments. Diverse and sonically satisfying. Love it.


Extremely lame and derivative. I get that they were trying to experiment with some pop hooks and hip hop verses, but they just all come up extremely lame. This records basically reminds me of Smoke + Mirrors era imagine dragons, and that’s not a compliment


EDIT: I kept getting ‘One By One’ stuck in my head so I’ve revisited my score and had a couple more listens and I think I’m finally getting a decent amount of enjoyment from this chilled out pop-rock album. It may not be setting the world on fire but it works for an arvo chill and the slightly 90s hip-hop and r&b grooves make me pretty relaxed while the catchiness makes the songs memorable enough to earn a light 7/10

Is this a generic #2010s style rock album? ... read more

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Track List

  1. Lights On
  2. Shakin' Off The Rust
  3. One By One
  4. Careless
  5. Grim
  6. Let It Ride
  7. L.A. Afterlife
  8. Spirit
  9. Make This Easy
  10. Oceans

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Added on: March 17, 2021