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Cornerstone: Head Over Heels

Cornerstone: Head Over Heels

AOR/Melodic Rock
Rating: 2.75/5.0

You can file Cornerstone's Head Over Heels under 'I'm not getting it.' Or better, I'm not getting what all the fuss is about. Between the abundance of press quotes in their promotional material and on their website, you would think that you either discovered or missed the next U2, Oasis, or whomever. Even Classic Rock and Fireworks magazines are slobbering over Cornerstone like the liberal American media at the feet of President Obama. One thing's for sure, savvy marketing can trump substance any day of the week (even their name is trademarked already!)

But don't get me wrong here (and the band or their marketing guru will probably pull this next line for a quote), Cornerstone delivers some savvy atmospheric melodic rock. And now you ask, what's the catch? For me it's boring and lifeless like opting for Black Velvet when you could be drinking Johnnie Walker any label.

Honestly, I gave this disc my best shot and my undivided attention several times. I played it loud, I played it soft, I listened to it with headphones, damn, I even listened to it loud in the car on the way to the grocery store. Every time, I expected to be overwhelmed, astonished, or mesmerized by the music as were other reviewers. Instead, I found myself pushing the skip button to get to the next track. (Regarding the auto incident, I played this disc in the car for my wife, who would normally find this mellow style interesting, and her remark after the third song was simply, 'There isn't much to this, is there?') Ultimately, I made it as far as 'I Can't Even Say No.' Well, I can.

Without doubt, some will find Cornerstone a true delight especially if you like your melodic rock trippy and quiet. Otherwise, Head Over Heels, like a good cup of herbal tea at the end of the day, put me to sleep.

In Short

Without doubt, some will find Cornerstone a true delight especially if you like your melodic rock trippy and quiet. Otherwise, Head Over Heels, like a good cup of herbal tea at the end of the day, put me to sleep.

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