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Stones Grow Her Name [Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks]

Sonata ArcticaAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B007RXC3A8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only the Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)
2. Shitload of Money
3. Losing My Insanity
4. Somewhere Close to You
5. I Have a Right
6. Alone in Heaven
7. The Day
8. Cinderblox
9. Don't Be Mean
10. Wildfire, Part: II - One With The Mountain
11. Wildfire, Part: III - Wildfire Town, Population: 0
12. Tonight I Dance Alone (Bonus)

Editorial Reviews

Stirring up youth in the hearts of many and acting as
a sonic beacon for fans seeking the ultimate adrenaline
high, Finland s ambassadors of light and hope have toiled
through difficult times and have now harvested an awardwinning,
international catalog that is unmatched.
Taking their cues from traditional and power metal
bands, arena rockers and a seemingly long-gone time when
melody in heavy music was the rule and not the exception,
Sonata Arctica have solidified their place in metal history.
With Stones Grow Her Name, the depth and maturity
the band have amassed in their later years is on full display.
This beautifully woven tapestry should please fans
worldwide and secure their status here Stateside.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Sonata Arctica will probably always hold on to their "power metal" classification, but their work has become more distinctive with each passing album and harder to lump together with more traditional power metal like Helloween or Blind Guardian. Their first albums (we'll call that era Phase I) gave metal fans a generous amount of satisfying tracks in that classic style, but hints of their future experimentation were always there. With Unia, the band made a sudden shift to their progressive era (we'll call it Phase II). Unia itself was a little rough, though not without some good stuff. The next album, The Days of Grays, was a large improvement and showed that the band's experimenting was yielding really interesting, satisfying results. At this point, you don't really know what you're going to get when you start listening to one of these albums, and there's definitely something exciting about that.

In an album with a lot of experimenting, most of it succeeds and some of it doesn't. "Cinderblox" is a genre-busting masterpiece, combining country and metal to glorious effect. It's almost unthinkable that this could actually work but the final product speaks for itself. Who knew a banjo could synch up so well with double-bass drumming and keyboard solos? The funniest part is that aside from that banjo, this is the song on the album that comes closest to a classic Sonata track - the kind of song fans always say they miss. We're unlikely to get another "Wolf and Raven" or even another "Flag in the Ground," those songs are already written. But if the band can still provide that same kind of thrill with an ingenious twist like this, I'll keep buying Sonata albums for decades.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm a little lost... but then that's normal. May 22, 2012
By John. N
Format:Audio CD
Like any Sonata Arctica fan, I was simply ecstatic when I got an e-mail about the impending release of Stones Grow Her Name. I loved Unia and The Days of Grays to the point where I almost got sick of them but thankfully stopped a little short of reaching such a point. However, in my bliss had almost forgotten an important lesson, a lesson that Unia taught me years earlier.

See, when Unia was released I was eager as any fan. I couldn't wait to hear some new Sonata Arctica tunes. But, like some others, I wasn't really looking to hear a *new* Sonata Arctica. So as hasty as it sounds I quickly wrote the album off and went along my way. A year or so later - for reasons I'm not so sure of - I decided to give it another listen and was, quite literally, hit upside the head by what I had been missing. I'm not exactly sure what changed in that year but after that point an odd thing started to happen - a really odd thing. Unlike most people who have no problem getting into an album the first time they hear it my ability to do that ceased to exist. The first thing I hear when listening to a new album now is a mindless mass of instrumentation. It's only after listening to it a couple dozen times that everything comes together and actually works.

So what does this have to do with Sonata Arctica? Well everything because when The Days of Grays came around I was wiser and a lot more patient. I pretty much expected the album to sound like a mess and I was right. Only after I really listened to it did everything make sense and finally click. Well, long story short the Stones Grow Her Name falls into the exact same category and well, it seems that Kakko's going to make me work for it. Maybe the feeling will disappear with time but this album is an odd creature to say the least.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I love about Sonata Arctica! October 13, 2012
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Dont understand all the negative reviews, but I guess you can't argue taste. Seems some folks want every album to sound the same.

This album is, in my opinion, the culmination of everything I have always loved about sonata arctica. There's old school power metal (losing my insanity), listener-friendly mid-tempo stuff (I have a right; only the broken hearts), emotional sweepers (The Day, Dont be mean), grinding rippers (somewhere close to you, Cinderblox), and epic blistering masterpieces (Wildfires II-III). Tons of great riffs and heaviness strewn about on this one!

There are a couple songs I could give or take (Shi*load of money, Alone in heaven), but nevertheless a complete album that you can listen to from start to finish without having to yawn through some stinkers. Its not as one-dimensional as Ecliptica or Silence, yet not as disjointed and random as Unia/Days of Grays.

Don't get me wrong, I really dig every Sonata album to date but I love the way SGHN seems to blend all elements of the past into a great, cohesive album. Plus, the use of classic instruments throughout like the banjo, fiddle and piano is sweet. And Tony has never sounded better or shown more vocal range.

Probably ranks in my top three Sonata albums (along with Winterhearts and Ecliptica). So nice to see these guys get stronger and continue to grow musically...most groups by the 7th album are mere shells of their former self.

Simply put: an excellent hard rock/heavy metal album. Highly recommended to Sonata fans!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good band and my present favorite
Packed well and shipped quickly. Very good band and my present favorite.
Published 4 days ago by Robert Charles Collins Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun evolution
I started listening to Sonata Arctica around the time when Reckoning Night was released and since then their style has evolved slightly with every new release. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bob S.
3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok
check it out with you are a sonata artica fan. i still am looking for something to be like the album with the ship on it. or the album with full moon. but otherwise. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't get all the bad reviews
No, really. I don't get the negative reviews. Other people's bad reviews got me nervous, but I'm glad I didn't allow other people's thoughts to influence my objectivity here. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M.M. Schill
5.0 out of 5 stars not the best, but still excellent
Stones Grow Her Name is particularly a special album in Sonata Arctica's discography, it is however still a respected album considered the effort and sincerity put into it present... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andy H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
My favorite SA album since 'for the sake of revenge', although Unia and Days of Grays were alright I didn't care to listen to them heavily after those. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jwilkins
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm on the fence
Sure, I know a title like that doesn't help you decide for against buying the album. So I'll try to break it down into pros and cons. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Matt Stoessel
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonata has evolved
I've been a huge Sonata Arctica fan since the debut of Ecliptica. I have stayed with them through the good times and the bad (unit). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jehuty101
3.0 out of 5 stars A DIFFERENT SONOTA ARTICA
Published 19 months ago by GUITARGOD777
4.0 out of 5 stars Re: Review
This CD is very good, but there seems to be something missing. I feel this way everytime I listen to a CD by Sonata Arctica. I don't know exactly what it is. Read more
Published 19 months ago by James R. Thomas
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