Sticks and Stones (moe. album)
|Sticks and Stones|
|Studio album by moe.|
|Released||January 22, 2008|
Sticks and Stones is the ninth studio album by the American rock band, moe. It was released on January 22, 2008 by Fatboy Records, almost one year to the day after the release of their last studio album The Conch. It is the only moe. album to also be released on vinyl.
In the fall of 2007, moe. rented an old church/cathedral in the New England area where they could record new material at their leisure. This is a departure for the band since on their last two previous studio albums, The Conch (2007) and Wormwood (2003), the band had performed their new songs for a live audience extensively and even used audio recordings from the shows to mix with the studio recordings. The seven songs not previously displayed for the album were "wrote and recorded ... in about three weeks" according to guitarist Al Schnier.
Allaire Studios provided final mixing while the mastering was done by Bob Ludwig. Guest appearances by Allie Kral, Umphrey's McGee, Swampadelica's Nadine LaFond and others were included on Sticks and Stones.
The album received mostly positive reviews. Rolling Stone, Allmusic, and Glide magazine all rated the album 3.5 stars out of 5. The album also received a very positive review at Jambase, which states that "...the result is moe.'s most concise and well-written album to date," and, "The ten tunes on Sticks And Stones are short and to the point, with the focus on moe's skill as songwriters rather than their collective and considerable musical prowess"
Based on 16 customer reviews at Amazon.com, 10 people gave it 4 stars or better. Most common criticisms of the album included the lack of extended solos, and that the songs could have used some better development by testing them out on the road more (only "Conviction Song" and "All Roads Lead to Home" had been previously performed live).
- Cathedral - 3:56
- Sticks and Stones - 3:36
- Darkness - 2:50
- Conviction Song - 5:04
- Z0Z (Zed Nought Z)* - 4:38
- Deep This Time - 4:15
- All Roads Lead to Home - 3:16
- September - 3:48
- Queen of Everything - 6:13
- Raise a Glass - 2:59
- *Nought is abbreviated as "Zero" in this case. Also, too many "music" sites have listed the song incorrectly as either "ZO2" or "Z02". There is neither an OH or a TWO in the abbreviation that moe. used for the song name.
- Chuck Garvey - lead vocals, guitar
- Rob Derhak - lead vocals, bass guitar
- Vinnie Amico - drums, percussion, vocals
- Al Schnier - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, mandolin, accordion
- Jim Loughlin - percussion, marimba, vibraphone, vocals
|Billboard 200 (U.S.)||Billboard||119||Not certified||N/A|
|Billboard Top Independent Albums (U.S.)||16|
|Billboard Heatseekers (U.S.)||2|