Sjak : Stone Broken is a relatively young English rock band, which was founded in 2013 by singer Rich Moss who found the right like-minded soulmates in guitar player Chris Davis, bass player Kieron Conroy and drummer Robyn Hancock, who all very convincingly wanted to make their musician’s dream come true. In 2014 the first sign of life was given by means of the self-financed EP ‘The Crow Flies’, which creates the necessary name recognition in the local scene. It was however the full-length debut album ‘All In Time’ that created the breakthrough on the British islands and according to me the band’s fame will only increase by means of this successor ‘Ain’t Always Easy’.
The music of Stone Broken is heavy, but still very accessible and the songs all contain lovely riffs and easy listening choruses, which makes this ‘Ain’t Always Easy’ suited for a wide audience. Tunes like opener ‘Worth Fighting For’, the Nickelback-influenced ‘Let Me See It All’, ‘Heartbeat Away’ and both beautiful ballads ‘Home’ and ‘Anyone’ to name just a few all sound great and as a matter of fact that accounts for the whole album. Next to the fine song material the solid, heavy riffs and the characteristic, somewhat hoarse voice of front man Moss are the most important elements within the commercially tinted, but at the same time heavy material of Stone Broken.
Because of the many Alter Bridge and NIckelback influences many will already neglect this album in advance, but that is completely unfair in my opinion as Stone Broken processes these in such a tasteful way that this isn’t disturbing at all. On the contrary, the band mixes these with its own identity and that accounts for a very strong mixture, which as said earlier will be appealing for a very big audience. If you give this record a fair chance, I believe that you will agree with me that this has become a truly good album with great song material.