One of the things that stopped me from loving this album was the repetitiveness of the nine tracks. The lyrics on most songs are very much spoken, rather than sang, meaning there isn't much variety in terms of vocal dynamism. I wouldn't have minded if the lyrics were well thought out, but they just weren't. That was, when I could understand them over the suffocating layer of reverb and terrible recording quality the band used. The sound that backed the vocals however, was not bad at all. The simple guitar gained a rough punk aggression from the quality of the recording, which lessened the uninspired impact of the vocals slightly, but not enough to make it unnoticeable. Frankly, I would try to avoid.
Having said that, the album isn't without highlights, relative to the rest of the tracks. For instance, the drum beats present on 'Trouble and Whisky and Foul Deeds' and 'Lonely Man Blues' were good, but then I realised that that was only because the rest of the record well, wasn't so. My favourite track is definitely 'Stone Cold and Gray Blues', the track from which the title of the album is taken. I enjoyed it because of the lessened vocals, on the most part, but also because the group brought in a clean, jazz piano sound that lifted the shadow that smothers the record, even if it only was for a few minutes.
Overall, I enjoyed the different, punk-rock attitude of the spoken word attribute this album held, but by the end it became almost monotonous, and really quite boring. The simple guitar melodies are slashed into pieces by the grating lo-fi recording, but through the cell bars reach outstretched hands in the form of 'Stone Cold and Gray Blues'. Anyone who likes some alternative rock might enjoy this. That's a big might. Like, huge.