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Audio Secrecy
File:Stone
Studio album by Stone Sour
Released September 7, 2010
Recorded 2010 at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genre Alternative metal, post-grunge
Length 54:04
65:25 (digipack edition), 68:40 (iTunes Pre-order Special Edition)
Label Roadrunner
Producer Nick Raskulinecz
Stone Sour chronology

Live in Moscow
(2007)
Audio Secrecy
(2010)
Singles from Audio Secrecy
  1. "Say You'll Haunt Me"
    Released: July 6, 2010
  2. "Mission Statement"
    Released: TBA

Audio Secrecy is the third studio album by American rock band Stone Sour. It was recorded and produced by the band and Nick Raskulinecz at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. On June 10, the band released a free download of "Mission Statement", which was later released as a single on iTunes. The first official single, "Say You'll Haunt Me", however, was released on July 6, 2010. Audio Secrecy is also the first studio album by Stone Sour that does not feature a spoken word track, with "Omega" and "The Frozen" previously released on Stone Sour and Come What(ever) May, respectively, with "The Frozen" being a bonus track. It is also the only Stone Sour album not to feature the "Parental Advisory" logo.

Contents

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Audio Secrecy" (Instrumental) 1:43
2. "Mission Statement"   3:50
3. "Digital (Did You Tell)"   4:00
4. "Say You'll Haunt Me"   4:24
5. "Dying"   3:01
6. "Let's Be Honest"   3:44
7. "Unfinished"   3:10
8. "Hesitate"   4:16
9. "Nylon 6/6"   3:40
10. "Miracles"   4:07
11. "Pieces"   4:30
12. "The Bitter End"   3:33
13. "Imperfect"   4:22
14. "Threadbare"   5:44

Other songs from the Audio Secrecy recording sessions

There's a 19th song called "The Pessimist". The song is mentioned in the official Stone Sour biography. "For guitarist Josh Rand, the track 'The Pessimist' holds a special significance. 'It's the heaviest song we've done up to this point. I spent a day and a half studying the Hindu scale for the lead. The guitar solo for that song has a very Eastern sound.' The song sees Rand shredding with a precise, powerful solo that's melodic and metallic. All the while, it preserves a unique feel."

A statement from Josh Rand: The song's going to be an iPhone Guitar Hero app.

Critical reception

 Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com [1]
Allmusic [2]
Amazon.com [3]
Associated Press (Positive)[4]
DEAD PRESS! [5]
Evigshed [6]
Kerrang [7]
Rocksound [8]
411mania.com [9]
Ultimate Guitar (9.2/10)[10]

Audio Secrecy received generally positive reviews from music critics. Tim Grierson of About.com compared the band to Slipknot stating that Stone Sour delivers loud and powerful love songs and that the album in whole displayed Corey Taylor's flexibility in music.[1] Gregory Heaney of Allmusic praised Taylor's voice stating that he has made full use of his voice "from guttural to soaring". He also related the "chugging guitar" work of the album to that of Deftones.[2] Zach Redrup of DEAD PRESS! gave the album nine out of ten stars and described Audio Secrecy as "more mature, aggressive and sincere" he went on to call it "the band's best album to date. He ended his review by stating "This time around Stone Sour have really come into their own, developing a record that easily stands above its predecessors and an obvious contender for album of the year. With recent events in the Slipknot camp, you may well be hearing a lot more from these in a gap much shorter than 4 years at a time. If you’re going to buy any Stone Sour album, make it this one."[5] Lenny Vowels, a senior critic of 411mania.com awarded the album seven out of ten stars summarizing his review by stating "Stone Sour's newest record does seem to yearn for new heights, but for some reason can't quite reach them. The mood is definitely darker than their previous two albums, though that doesn't mean it's better. Basically, what's good on the album is great, and while nothing's bad, the rest doesn't come off as anything special either. In the band's personal history, I'd rank it above Come What(ever) May overall, but their self-titled album still leads the pack. Either way, this record is worth having if you're a fan of the band, but don't expect much in the way of new."[9]

Sales

Audio Secrecy debuted in the top 10 in various countries. In the US it sold 46,000 copies in its first week and debuted at No.6 on the Billboard 200[11]

Chart positions

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 5
German Albums Chart [12] 3
German LP-Downloads Chart[13] 6
Italian Albums Chart [14] 89
UK Albums Chart 6
UK Rock Chart 1
Billboard 200 6

Personnel

Production

References

  1. duzeka.pl, Stone Sour - Audio Secrecy review. Retrieved 2010-09-08
  1. ^ a b Grierson, Tim "Stone Sour - 'Audio Secrecy' Review" Retrieved 2010-09-08
  2. ^ a b Heany, Gregory "Audio Secrey Overview". Retrieved 2010-09-07
  3. ^ "Audio Secrecy" Retrieved 2010-09-07
  4. ^ Harris, Ron "Review: Stone Sour packs punch on 'Audio Secrecy'" Retrieved 2010-09-07
  5. ^ a b Redrup, Zach "Stone Sour - Audio Secrecy Album Review" Retrieved 2010-09-08
  6. ^ Sylgraph "Stone Sour - Audio Secrecy Review" Retrieved 2010-09-07
  7. ^ Winwood, Ian "Slipknots Men's 'Other' Band Return With Imposing Third Album Retrieved 2010-09-04
  8. ^ Kerswell, Ronnie "Stone Sour - Audio Secrecy". Retrieved 2010-09-07
  9. ^ a b Vowels, Lenny "Stone Sour - Audio Secrecy Review" Retrieved 2010-09-07
  10. ^ Ultimate Guitar Team "Audio Secrecy Review" Retrieved 2010-09-09
  11. ^ http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?id=1952962
  12. ^ http://www.media-control.de/tarja-und-brandon-flowers-charts-erfolge-auch-ohne-band.html
  13. ^ http://www.media-control.de/brandon-flowers-ab-in-die-download-charts.html
  14. ^ http://www.fimi.it/classifiche_artisti.php

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