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Albums Of The Week: The Blue Stones | Hidden Gems

The Ontario blues-rock duo combine substance with style on their sophomore set.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “On their sophomore album Hidden Gems, Ontario blues-rock duo The Blue Stones worked with famed producer Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots, LANY), who helped the band to not only explore and create music in a new way, but discover themselves throughout the writing process.

Album opener Lights On serves as a perfect introduction to the diverse sound found across Hidden Gems, before kicking into hit single Shakin’ Off The Rust. As the record continues, the band brings in a smooth and funky vibe through a mix of keys and 808 kick drums on songs like Careless, L.A. Afterlife and Make This Easy. Let It Ride sets course as an explosive rock anthem, while the album ends with the bouncy, indie-rock driven Oceans.

On Hidden Gems, the band have crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth — musically and lyrically — that you can’t help but be swept up and carried off by these songs. The Blue Stones have redefined who they are, but at the same time ensured they kept their identity intact, making them one of alternative rock’s most exciting acts.”