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Album Review

Although there are some albums that you can get a feel for instantly, there are others that one never truly gets a handle on. Such is the case with Floater and this recording. A song such as "An Apology" sounds as if it was pick-pocketed from a group like Incubus and Live, a guitar-driven tune that still has a flair for the theatrical at times. After a bit of meandering, it then heaves itself headlong into a lean, meaty, hard rock tune in the vein of Nickelback or Audioslave. This same tone is taken to greater heights with the raunchy "Proviso" that brings to mind a tamer Rage Against the Machine. From there, the group weave an ambient keyboard into a slow, plodding arrangement during "Ghost in the Making" that sways along effortlessly. Floater can't be pigeonholed easily, especially when they change gears yet again for a mid-tempo, safe but somewhat stale "In America" that is salvaged only by lead singer's Robert Wynia's passionate delivery. Fortunately, they redeem themselves with the finely tuned and Police-like "Weightless" that they downplay for some fantastic results. The rhythm section of drummer Pete Cornett and Wynia shines here. Just as solid is the ensuing "Breakdown" that has some U2 hues to it despite the rather lame chorus section that is quite disappointing. Just as ordinary is "Spaces in Between Us" that doesn't have much going for it. Things improve with "Everything Falls Our Way" which again touches on a radio-friendly hard rock blueprint for its success. Fortunately, Stone by Stone closes on a high note, with the bombastic "Home in the Sky" that is a slow, beefy homage to classic British heavy metal.

Customer Reviews

Hovering Pleasurecraft

Hearing these songs live beckons the same debate of which is better, reading the book or watching the movie. The slow unvieling of a few of these tunes in concert was a delight. Hearing this album on disc is another thrill altogether. Rob's tests new harmonies with his voice as Pete and Dave issue clear and controlled guitar and drumwurks. 'An Apology' is a bold foot in the door as the intro for this innovative album from the Portland band. The lyrics and the storytelling of the instruments on songs like 'My Burden' and 'Everything Falls Our Way' keep long the standing of this trio as an artistic gem of great brilliance. The reggae method to 'Weightless' shows the roots of many a floater tune. And if you enjoy this and the other albums, you will dirty your drawers in concert. Again, grand ideas are bandied about in the songs like sound advice. At times it's like the blues and reggae in well crafted heavy metal forms. Floater gives you a dose of the blues to vaccinate you from it. To keep you from falling down the same bad trips that others make, this album keeps you floating. Okay, I had to do one pun, Floater delivers an amazing album deserving of high marks for craftsmanship and taste. Stone by Stone will delight ears that are arriving here from all different directions. Give a listen. Best wishes and I'll see you at the show, Scott

Disregard iTunes Review: This album is completely excellent

Another reviewer pretty much said it all, but Floater's songs are always unique and wonderful. Amazing musicianship, and their lyrics speak to me on a very deep level. I take exception to the iTunes review above. Hey iTunes, Floater is not garbage radio rock; it offends my eyes to see them compared to (and accused of ripping off) the likes of Nickelback and Incubus. Spaces In Between Us doesn't have much going for it? You've got to be kidding me, with that bassline and piercing guitar notes? With Stone By Stone, Floater continues to explore the human condition with amazing musical sensibility. They aren't concerned with writing a 3-chord pop-rock chart-topping hit. The reviewer does state that this isn't a band you listen to once and understand, and as a professional reviewer they probably only get one spin-through before penning the review. I guess there's really nothing for it, but if you don't understand them, don't cop out and compare them to whatever currently blows on MTV and the radio. Anyway, Stone By Stone witnesses Floater's continued evolution as a one-of-a-kind band. As yet another reviewer once said, this is music for your soul.

AWESOME

This is an excelent album! I pre ordered it from Elemental Records in early October and it arrived the day the album came out. I can not praise Rob, Pete and Dave enough on this long awaited album. This is the greatest band ever and their talent is off the hook. If you have never heard this band or you have and are currious, you really should check them out. Its music for your soul. I Cant wait to see them this New Years Eve!! :) Peace

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Eugene, OR-based art-metal trio Floater was formed in 1993 by singer/bassist Robert Wynia and drummer Peter Cornett, who'd previously teamed in the group Henry's Child; recruiting guitarist David Amador, they quickly recorded a six-song demo that caught the attention of indie label Elemental, releasing their debut LP Sink in 1994. Glyph followed a year later, notching a major local hit with "The Sad Ballad of Danny Boy"; production issues delayed the release...
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