Wind-up act 12 Stones sold 300,000-plus copies of their self-titled debut.

Wind-up act 12 Stones sold 300,000-plus copies of their self-titled debut. Still, audiences are likely more familiar with Stones singer Paul McCoy, because of his guest spot on Evanescence's breakthrough hit, "Bring Me to Life." That exposure should lead more people to give "Potter's Field" a chance, along with some closer scrutiny. The album is far from a sophomore slump; songs like first single "Far Away" and the lilting "Photograph" find the rock foursome striving to write weighty music with earnest lyrics to match. But that elusive element that gives a group its distinct musical identity is missing. The rat-a-tat intro to "Three Leaf Loser," along with its quirky cadences, offers a positive hint to what may lie around the next creative corner.—CLT

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