ALBUM REVIEW: The Cornerstones- Stand In Line


‘Forget about the love we have found, forget about the movements you make’: ‘Drag Me Down’, the first track on The Cornertsones’ new album is a song that reminds you of musical movements gone by. Their album, ‘Stand In Line,’ has hints of Brit-Pop and Mod-Rock intertwined with a definitive sound.

If you didn’t know who the band were, then sit down and listen to this album. You might think it’s just another Stone Roses, Oasis or The Who mp3, but no. The Cornerstones have produced an album that, although similar in sound to their roots, creates a musical infused haze reminiscent of the 90s Brit and Mod rock brilliance. The four piece from West London are part of an increasing new wave of bands that are gracing our pubs and small gig venues around the country, performing in the same places as the likes of Oasis and The Who during the start of their careers.

‘Stand In Line’ sometimes sounds like a lost stereophonics demo album – it’s got a sting in its tail but you often get the sense it’s more of a collection of songs than an album.  There is a 60s tinge to The Cornerstones, with vocals that sometimes take an almost Dylan –esque quality, never more apparent than on ‘Erased’ and throughout there are hints of The Kinks, ‘End of Everything’ and ‘Trouble’ ably illustrate that but with a strong 90s indie finish, especially on ‘Smack Me In The Face’ which has a more Suede feel to it. ‘This Is How It Ends’ wraps the album up with an almost early 70s vibe to it and it’s a track as eminently catchy as the first, both are very much songs you’ll be singing along to after a listen or two.

‘Ground’ has a decidedly old-school, rock feel. All the while possessing a melodious surrender, that is inescapably twisty. It’s a haunting ballad, one you’ll be re-listening to often, so you can be sure you’ve understood its meaning. ‘Trouble’ comes onto the scene with upbeat defiance, a groovy guitar backing up the energy. The harmonica makes a triumphant come back with ‘Try to Hide’, a tender introspection that speaks about a broken relationship that’s tattered  ruins are scrutinised along with the cause, there are some backing vocals that provide a lovely echo.  ‘Smack Me In The Face’ is a quintessentially sublime, glittery power ballad that’s rich instrumentals include the gentle jingle of the tambourine. ‘More Than Toxic’ features ethereally faded vocals that compliment a hazy storm of emotion.

The album style makes it as timeless as it is fresh, it’s an album that gets better with each listen and is one you’ll be able to come back to again and again.  Forged in the afterglow of the era when The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd were on the throne of rock music, The Cornerstones prove that great music like theirs hasn’t ended by giving life to its next frontier.

Amy Watson

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