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Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics

Review 2008 collection, the South Wales band's first 'best of' compilation. Decade In The Sun includes no less than 11 Top 5 and 21 Top 20 singles. The album spans all six of the band's studio LPs, an impressive sequence of hits that spawned five #1s and nine million album sales worldwide. 20 tracks including the new single 'You're My Star'. Mercury.
Keep The Village Alive

Review Keep The Village Alive is the 9th studio album from Welsh rockers Stereophonics.
Their brand new single, 'C est La Vie' is a breath of fresh air - petrol charged and whip smart. They are the eighth group to achieve five consecutive UK number one albums. They have career sales of over 10 million albums including six platinum or multi platinum albums and the quadruple platinum selling, best-of collection, Decade In The Sun. The band have also had eleven top ten singles including 'Dakota.'
Graffiti On The Train

Review Just Enough Education to Perform is the third studio album by Welsh rock band, Stereophonics. Released on April 11, 2001, the album topped the UK Albums Chart and had three Top 10 singles; Mr. Writer, Have A Nice Day & Handbags & Gladrags. This will be issued on 180g black vinyl.
Ti Amo

Review Eighth studio album (the first on their own label) from multi-platinum selling British band. Following their Best Of compilation 'A Decade In the Sun' which sold over a million copies in 2008 and their last LP 'Keep Calm And Carry On', released in 2009, the group quit Universal Records, acquired a new rehearsal "den" in west London and breathed a sigh of relief. Instead of a summer of festival headliners, Jones found himself exploring other creative avenues "I had all these little things I d been wanting to do for 15 years. Whether it was writing scripts, or writing short stories...making different types of music. And I just decided to stop travelling and see what would happen."
Keep Calm And Carry On

Review Language. Sex. Violence. Other?
You Gotta Go There to Come Back

Review Stereophonics' fifth album will inevitably provide more material for the band's critics, if only for the fact its title has clearly been rather lazily inspired from the back of a rental video case. The music within, however, is anything but laid-back: the employment of Argentinean drummer Javier Weyler, who replaces founding member Stuart Cable, sees the band venturing further along the hard-rock path that spawned previous denim-and-leather-clad tracks like "Moviestar". The first three tracks find frontman Kelly Jones is in downbeat mood, his vocals drawled and insouciant, and his lyrics distinctly sour--take the raging "Doorman", where he rails against some faceless bouncer with surprising and rather paranoid ferocity: "You like nothing more than to break my face/ You like to throw me out on the street!". Things sweeten towards the album's middle, providing two of the album's stand-out tracks: the chiming, electronic-tinged "Dakota" is a light, buoyant anthem that deserves to be a hit, while "Rewind" is a reflective moment that pricks memories of mid-period U2. But on the whole, Language. Sex. Violence. Other? isn't an album out to win new fans – it's an album that caters to the Stereophonics' rock faithful, and it's them who'll really dig it. --Louis Pattison
Tomorrow Forever

Review Performance and Cocktails is the second studio album by Welsh rock band, Stereophonics. It was released by V2 on March 8, 1999. The name Performance and Cocktails' comes from lyrics in the album's first song, Roll Up and Shine. This title features five singles; The Bartender and the Thief, Just Looking, Pick a Part That s New, I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio and Hurry Up and Wait. This will be issued on 180g black vinyl.
Waiting On A Song

Review Full Title - You Gotta Go There to Come Back. Stereophonics double platinum selling 2003 album is re-issued featuring 14 tracks with the hit single 'Moviestar' added to the album tracklist. Also includes 'Maybe Tomorrow', 'Madame Helga', & 'Since I Told You It's Over'. V2. 2004.
Heartworms

Review You Gotta Go There to Come Back is the fourth studio album by alternative rock band, Stereophonics. Produced by Kelly Jones and released on V2 in 2003. It became their third consecutive album to top the UK chart and features the following singles, Madam Helga, Maybe Tomorrow, Since I Told You It's Over and Moviestar. This will be issued on 180g black vinyl.
Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles

Review Stereophonics Just Enough Education To Perform US CD album
Prisoner

Review Three albums in, and Stereophonics have written their first truly mature work, Just Enough Education to Perform. While the Welsh trio's first two albums were blighted by the occasional spot of facile pub-rock tub-thumping, which served only to dilute Kelly Jones's emotive laments into ear candy, Just Enough Education to Perform evokes the ragged croak of early Rod Stewart or the world-weary country lament of Neil Young without feeling the need to unnecessarily embellish its content. It's not all good: the album's first single, "Mr. Writer"--a stab at dismissive music journalists--is, ironically, petulant and unwieldy, spoiled by Jones's clunky lyric: "You've just enough, in my own view, education to perform/ I'd like to shoot you all." Far more successful are the simple semi-acoustic readings of "Nice to Be Out", "Step on My Old Size Nines," and "Lying in the Sun," which prove that, stripped down, Jones can match most singer-songwriters of an alt-country persuasion without breaking into a sweat. By this time in their career, Oasis began losing themselves in bland bombast and a fog of hollow guitar solos; to their credit, on Just Enough Education to Perform, Stereophonics do not let fame cloud the clarity of the record's meaning. --Louis Pattison
Keep The Village Alive

Review 2009 release, the stunning seventh studio album from the Welsh Alt-Rock band. The album was written and co-produced by Kelly Jones along with Mercury Award winning producer, Jim Abiss. (Arctic Monkeys/Kasabian). Five of their six previous studio albums have all gone straight to #1 in the UK and their 2008 hits collection, Decade In The Sun, sold almost a million copies in two months. 12 tracks including the lead single 'Innocent'. Universal. 2009.
Graffiti On The Train

Review 2008 collection, the South Wales band's first 'best of' compilation. Decade In The Sun includes no less than 11 Top 5 and 21 Top 20 singles. The album spans all six of the band's studio LPs, an impressive sequence of hits that spawned five #1s and nine million album sales worldwide. 20 tracks including the new single 'You're My Star'. Mercury.
Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics

Review Keep The Village Alive is the 9th studio album from Welsh rockers Stereophonics.
Their brand new single, 'C est La Vie' is a breath of fresh air - petrol charged and whip smart. They are the eighth group to achieve five consecutive UK number one albums. They have career sales of over 10 million albums including six platinum or multi platinum albums and the quadruple platinum selling, best-of collection, Decade In The Sun. The band have also had eleven top ten singles including 'Dakota.'
Keep Calm And Carry On

Review Just Enough Education to Perform is the third studio album by Welsh rock band, Stereophonics. Released on April 11, 2001, the album topped the UK Albums Chart and had three Top 10 singles; Mr. Writer, Have A Nice Day & Handbags & Gladrags. This will be issued on 180g black vinyl.
Music Complete

Review Eighth studio album (the first on their own label) from multi-platinum selling British band. Following their Best Of compilation 'A Decade In the Sun' which sold over a million copies in 2008 and their last LP 'Keep Calm And Carry On', released in 2009, the group quit Universal Records, acquired a new rehearsal "den" in west London and breathed a sigh of relief. Instead of a summer of festival headliners, Jones found himself exploring other creative avenues "I had all these little things I d been wanting to do for 15 years. Whether it was writing scripts, or writing short stories...making different types of music. And I just decided to stop travelling and see what would happen."
Hot Thoughts

Review Language. Sex. Violence. Other?
Everything At Once [CD/DVD Combo][Deluxe Edition]

Review Stereophonics' fifth album will inevitably provide more material for the band's critics, if only for the fact its title has clearly been rather lazily inspired from the back of a rental video case. The music within, however, is anything but laid-back: the employment of Argentinean drummer Javier Weyler, who replaces founding member Stuart Cable, sees the band venturing further along the hard-rock path that spawned previous denim-and-leather-clad tracks like "Moviestar". The first three tracks find frontman Kelly Jones is in downbeat mood, his vocals drawled and insouciant, and his lyrics distinctly sour--take the raging "Doorman", where he rails against some faceless bouncer with surprising and rather paranoid ferocity: "You like nothing more than to break my face/ You like to throw me out on the street!". Things sweeten towards the album's middle, providing two of the album's stand-out tracks: the chiming, electronic-tinged "Dakota" is a light, buoyant anthem that deserves to be a hit, while "Rewind" is a reflective moment that pricks memories of mid-period U2. But on the whole, Language. Sex. Violence. Other? isn't an album out to win new fans – it's an album that caters to the Stereophonics' rock faithful, and it's them who'll really dig it. --Louis Pattison
Word Gets Around

Review Performance and Cocktails is the second studio album by Welsh rock band, Stereophonics. It was released by V2 on March 8, 1999. The name Performance and Cocktails' comes from lyrics in the album's first song, Roll Up and Shine. This title features five singles; The Bartender and the Thief, Just Looking, Pick a Part That s New, I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio and Hurry Up and Wait. This will be issued on 180g black vinyl.
What Went Down

Review Full Title - You Gotta Go There to Come Back. Stereophonics double platinum selling 2003 album is re-issued featuring 14 tracks with the hit single 'Moviestar' added to the album tracklist. Also includes 'Maybe Tomorrow', 'Madame Helga', & 'Since I Told You It's Over'. V2. 2004.

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