Drop Stoney’s More Than Animals CD in and you think you’re listening to a FUN imitator upon listening to the first track, “Sweet Release,” a powerful anthem-esque single that is a bit reminiscent of FUN’s 2012 hit single “We Are Young.” But on the rest of More Than Animals, British singer/songwriter Stoney proves that he is no imitator but clearly influenced by a wide range of music and artists.
“The Score” is a fast, daring track that is the kind of song you’d hear on a sci-fi action movie soundtrack. Stoney follows that it with “Defiantly Loved,” another powerful sounding track but filled with a lot more heartfelt passion. Clearly the best track on the album.
With “House Of Mirrors,” Stoney experiences a bit of an ‘80’s flashback with a quirky but still musically catchy number. “Albatross” is another strong track with somber lyrics which Stoney then raises the volume on it and creates another anthem-esque single, leaving us feeling optimistic towards the end.
Stoney is cut from the same cloth with other British singer/songwriters who are blessed with creating fresh original music but with lots of musical influences sprayed in there. The few filler tracks are swallowed up by some really outstanding music which makes More Than Animals more than just a good album.