In this day and age where record companies’ PR machines have no shame in hailing their teenage fledgelings as “international superstars” after just one song let alone one album, I remain determined to stick to the line in the sand I drew over a decade ago when it came to declaring what I thought to be a good act.
I contend a band cannot be considered to be great unless their fifth album is at LEAST as good as their first.
Thankfully Stereophonics’ offering number five “Language. Sex. Violence. Other?” fits the bill nicely. Now I can write about them.
The Rolling Stone gave this album just 2 out of 5. What the hell do they know. That’s only because since they’re “British” (albeit Welsh rather than English) they chose to compare them to Oasis and Blur. Brit Rock my ass. I hate to break it to you, Rolling Stone people, but the USA does not hold the international rights to play rock n roll.
Having said that, I very much doubt Kelly Jones and the boys care what America thinks of them. All they want is to do the whole sex, drugs & rock n roll thing. No profound concepts, no hidden messages, no mysterious album covers, just catchy riffs and jumpy tunes in plentiful supply. I reckon they are exactly where Oasis and Blur would want to be right now, as each of them succumbed to the “Let’s-Push-The-Fact-That-We’re-British-Maybe-The-Yanks-Will-Hail-Us-As-The-Next-Beatles” temptation, and are now trying to regress to their roots.
I included the link to the Rolling Stone review purely because it allows you to sample some of their music. “Dakota” is the current hit single, and their first UK number one.
Put in the simplest terms, a Stereophonics CD is all you need to play in your car on a sunny day. I know this because I did it only yesterday. That's good for at least four outta five if you ask me.
PS : I just checked out their official site and it's way cool. It's a bit psychadelic when the first page loads, but move your cursor around the screen and find the "Media" section and your will be able to listen all their hits without actually being able to download them. Try "Dakota" for starters. After that, maybe "Just Looking" and "Have A Nice Day". Then you're on your own.