Stone

Somewhere in L.A.

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Stone's first album was titled Somewhere in L.A., but Los Angeles isn't the first place you think of when listening to gritty, rootsy numbers like "Drift," "Heaven Only Knows" and "Teaser" -- much of the time, Stone's roots-rock, pop/rock and blues-rock sounds like the work of a Midwestern bar band rather than that of three L.A. residents. From Stone's own material to a cover of Muddy Waters' "I'm Ready," this CD often makes you feel like you've just stepped into a working-class beer bar somewhere in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio or Indiana. Even on a tune as pop-minded as "Don't Walk Away," Stone doesn't get terribly slick. The trio's lack of pretense is rather refreshing, and while nothing mind-blowing occurs, Somewhere in L.A. is enjoyable and definitely honest.

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