Blood From A Stone

  • Record Label: Nettwerk
  • Release Date: May 12, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. This is a fairly straightforward rock record, to some degree, and its simplicity takes away from those moments in which Hukkelberg thrives.
  2. Although those searching for a raised pulse will find the title all too appropriate, Blood From A Stone’s hushed, held-breath, Cocteau Twins-ish atmosphere is addictive.
  3. No one should have expected getting Blood from a Stone to be easy, but it's a shame it had to be this much of a chore.
  4. The slow-building songs boast impressive payoffs ('Crack,' 'Seventeen'), and when they have a pulse, they're propellant and poised ('Bandy Riddles,' the 1980s whiff of the title track). In between, however, lays a dense, half-baked haze that makes Blood From a Stone frustrating.
  5. While album opener 'Midnight Sun Dream' hints at the potential of Hukkelberg’s abilities within this new, less experimental-sounding context, the rest of the tracks quickly devolve into a series of anonymous encounters where style trumps substance.

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