As a rule, I tend not to like concept albums. I've got nothing against ambition, but sometimes in their attempt to make grand statements, artists let their aspirations get ahead of their music. Happily, Stone Sour don't fall into that trap. Their two-part House of Gold & Bones collection has followed the exploits of a man at a crossroads, but you don't have to follow the plot closely to appreciate the strong songwriting. I quite like last year's Part 1, and now the guys are back with Part 2. It might be even better, digging deeper into universal themes of uncertainty and futility.
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