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Anthem For The Underdog

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Anthem for the Underdog will be 12 Stones' third album. It will be released on August 14, 2007. The first single will be "Lie to Me". The song World So Cold was used in a tribute video found on YouTube for the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre shooting. In a bulletin posted on the band's MySpace page, the band said that they were surprised the song surfaced because it had not been released. However, the band members said they were "touched and humbled" by the video.

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12 Stones' third release, Anthem for the Underdog, finds the middling Louisiana-based quartet in good form. Although the record focuses too heavily on ballads and ballad-like pieces, the moments when the band steps out with thoroughly adequate rockers ("Anthem for the Underdog," "Adrenaline," "Games You Play") are memorable enough. The inspirational message at each tune's core comes across without painfully overt didacticism ("It Was You," "This Dark Day" and "World So Cold"). Many tracks are bound for rock radio glory and, doubtless, equal play in the cars, bedrooms and pricey portable listening devices of suburban American youth. 12 Stones doesn't reinvent pop music--it's still a cross between early Hootie and the Blowfish and a less inventive Jars Of Clay--but it does create memorable workaday compositions that are sure to satisfy the listener's desire to get in touch with the disparate emotions of hope and despair, and to feel more of the former despite the looming presence of the latter. --Jedd Beaudoin

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Anthem For The Underdog
  2. Lie To Me
  3. Broken Road
  4. Adrenaline
  5. It Was You
  6. This Dark Day
  7. World So Cold
  8. Arms Of A Stranger
  9. Hey Love
  10. Game You Play
  11. Lie To Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Bicycle Music Company
  • ASIN: B000SQKZQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Papania on August 13, 2007
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Just like Potters Field, this CD has seen 12 Stones progress both musically and lyrically. With this progress came growth for the band. Although we saw some maturity in Paul's voice with PF, he has absolutely taken it to a new level with Anthem. Also, one of the things I think we missed with PF (the guitar solo's) are back. Eric's playing is superb on this new CD. I don't know what else to say except that my favorite band keeps getting better and better with each new release. Do yourself a favor and pick up Anthem for the Underdog. You will NOT be disappointed.
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12 Stones are, for whatever reason, one of those bands that has seemed to fly under the radar of popularity over the course of the past five years or so. Sure, frontman Paul McCoy made a guest appearance on the Evanescence's hit single "Bring Me To Life," and the band had a couple small hits of its own in the forms of "Broken" and "Far Away" (from their 2002 self-titled release and 2004's "Potter's Field," respectively) but aside from that these guys never seemed to really get the credit they deserve. Enter "Anthem for the Underdog," their third studio release, where I believe all of that will finally start to change.

With past efforts, 12 Stones have been accused of writing songs that "all sound the same" or that "try to sound too much like Creed." Personally, I never really understood where the Creed comparisons came from, aside from the fact that 12 Stones are on Creed's former label, Wind-Up records. Paul McCoy's vocals are distinctly different from and more melodic than anything ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp ever tried, and I honestly don't see too many similarities musically. As far as similar-sounding songs are concerned, I agree to an extent but I also believe that this isn't necessarily a bad thing and that each song on the band's prior albums have enough identity to stand out on its own. With this release, 12 Stones have taken everything that made them a great band on previous efforts (powerful vocals, searing guitars, a forceful rhythm section, and inspiring lyrics) and turned up the intensity. Drawing from both the aggressive nü-metalish sound of their self-titled debut and the more melodic alt-metal of "Potter's Field," "Anthem for the Underdog" represents the best of both worlds in my opinion.
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Being a fan of 12 Stones' first two albums, I was thrilled when I first heard "Lie to Me" and the rest of the CD is pretty good as well.

There's a couple tracks I don't particularly care for, like Adrenaline, but that could just be my personal taste.

I think this CD is their best by far- it's not perfect, but it's got some genuinely good songs (my favorite is Hey Love) and tunes that can easily get stuck in your head for a long time.

To the other reviewers who said they thought the first two were better, I thought this album was much better balanced overall, and yes, they're not the greatest band ever, but they've come a long way and I hope they continue to get more attention.

They're a good band, easy to listen to, and 12 Stones deserves more popularity than they have so far. If you like Skillet, Kutless, and/or Thousand Foot Krutch (among others) and if you like Christian music in general (or just music without profanity- they're not overly Christian IMO), this is definitely a cd worth buying.
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12 Stones have finally picked up the pace with their newest dose of rock. Unlike "Potters Field", "Anthem for the Underdog" actually has something new and fresh about it. Don't get me wrong, "Potters Field" was still a great album. It just didn't sound like the boys took any chances to evolve or take risks with different styles. But this time around, that changed.

"Anthem for the Underdog" right away sounds amazing. They certainly have done their homework, and it shows with every song on the CD. Even the acoustic version of "Lie To Me" is a great listen. Paul McCoy's voice has certainly taken several steps forward, which is very apparent. Along with the improvements in guitar riffs and solos, this album definitely stands out.

There really is nothing negative to say about this album. It's short, to the point, and it sounds great. Job well done, guys. Job well done!
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When I first approached ANTHEM FOR THE UNDERDOG, I had no idea what to expect from it. It turns out that this album is among one of my favorite albums of all time. The album is 12 STONES at their best, featuring amazing songs such as THIS DARK DAY, my favorite song on the album, GAMES YOU PLAY, IT WAS YOU, LIE TO ME (and its acoustic counterpart), and ARMS OF A STRANGER. The sole tune that I think is not up to the album's standards is HEY LOVE, which, while having a decent southern sound, has a forgettable melody and a boring guitar solo. Other than that small misstep, 12 Stones' third outing is not only their best work yet, but the best album of 2007, and one of my personal favorite albums of all time.

Rating: 5 stars/5 stars
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After the filthy riffs permeating the outstanding Potter's Field, it seemed like it was time to clean up 12 Stones' sound, and that's what happened here: save for "Games You Play," every song here sounds as tight as it can be, whether heavy riffs or slower, emotional electrics are the catalyst. Some bands try the softer route and fail miserably, but that's not the case here. Kudos to 12 Stones.
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