Stoney – More Than Animals
Ladies and gentleman, may I present to you the best album of 2014. Yes, you read that right, 2014. The year has just begun, but the album I am about to tell you about is already a strong contender. We receive some great submissions here at Wordkrapht, but this one in particular has me wanting to speak in the first person and risk all credibility with my editor, that’s how good it is. At the end of the album after only one listen I wanted to stand up and applaud (OK, maybe I actually did, or maybe I just did a little dance.) I really love my job.
Stoney’s album, More Than Animals (release date January 14, 2014) is an album that should grace the top of everyone’s “Must Listen” list. Mark Stoney is a brilliant multi-instrumentalist and an even more talented song-writer. Moving from the UK to Texas for some “sunshine and change” proved to be a great move on his part. From his side project/band, Bobby Jealousy, making waves in the Austin scene and beyond it seems like Stoney is well loved where ever he travels. More Than Animals is his first venture back into his solo work since his 2011 release, The Soar Before EP. 12 songs long (and yes you will wish it were longer), this album is filled with larger-than-life arrangements and vivid lyrics so personal you’ll wonder if he’s taking passages straight from his diary. The word-play is extremely impressive as well so if you have the chance, take a look at lyrics as the music plays. It’s easy to get swept up in this emotionally charged journey he is taking us on, and with the subject matter covered in each song relatable it still feels fresh because it’s told in such a unique way. From powerful anthems to gentle ballads, this album has it all (and everything in between).
Stoney’s style of electro folk has been compared to the likes of solo McCartney, Beck, Super Furry Animals and Ed Harcourt. While listening to the theatrics of More Than Animals however, even Queen may come to mind. “Devil On My Back”, “Cock of The Walk” and “Round Here” show off Stoney’s versatility as a song-writer, while tracks like “We Belonged” and “Wanderlust” are simply breathtaking. All in all, the album is a smash hit from beginning to end. This is passionate music from an artist who is being honest with himself and his audience, and it doesn’t get better than that.
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WORDKRAPHT Rating: 5 Stars!
Album Name: More Than Animals
Date Released: January, 2014
Location: Austin, TX (Formerly Sheffield, UK)
Members: Mark Stoney