When you hear that the forthcoming record from your favorite band is going to be a concept album, does that make you cringe? It does for me: Often, such grand ambitions only lead to pretentiousness. That's why I'm happy to report that Stone Sour's House of Gold & Bones - Part 1 is a real dazzler and a deserving follow-up to their superb Audio Secrecy. Corey Taylor continues to prove himself to be one of rock's most emotive vocalists; he may not be a technically brilliant singer, but he conveys emotion in ways that few of his peers can. Honestly, I don't need a Part 2 -- Part 1 is more than enough.
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