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Stereophonics release their eagerly awaited new album ‘Graffiti On A Train' on March 4th on their own Stylus Records label.

Kelly Jones has been in this London pub before. But that’s probably not surprising seeing that Jones, and his band Stereophonics, have been nearly everywhere before.

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  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00AJF87QU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
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Eighth studio album from the Welsh rock band. Featuring the singles 'In a Moment' and 'Indian Summer', the album entered the UK Albums Chart at #3. The album has been described as being 'more grown up' than previous Stereophonics albums. All songs are written by frontman Kelly Jones.

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The eighth studio album from Stereophonics finds Kelly Jones at a crossroads.

Post-greatest hits, Graffiti on the Train comes out on the band's own label Stylus Records and presumably affords Jones the time and space to carve a new niche.

And somehow, just about, he does. This is, inevitably, a more grown-up record than we've heard from him before.

Not that Jones has ever been anything less than serious. But Graffiti on the Train feels relaxed, at terms with its place in the world – and if that risks longueurs of steadfastly ordinary rock, then them's the breaks.

Its opening is typical, with We Share the Same Sun turning a bluesy guitar over and over against sinister keys – no quick rewards here.

Later, the album broods, as on the semi-gothic Take Me, or the doo-wopping trad-rock Been Caught Cheating – the latter eventually erupting into a more familiar, anthemic chorus. Not exactly deft melodically, it nevertheless rouses like all the chunkiest Stereophonics favourites.

Some tracks display greater focus, with Catacomb in particular trying to find some common ground between Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Radiohead's Electioneering, and achieving something close.

It's followed by Roll the Dice where a Supergrass-y vamp morphs into the kind of quasi-operatic shapes Muse might reach for, and both songs border on the exciting. Similar is the motorik last minute of Violins and Tambourines.

More representative though is the Traveling Wilburys chug-along of Indian Summer, with its vague, unobtrusive appeal and sense of weathered comfort. It feels as if it should come from a band a generation older, but Stereophonics are heading in that direction.

For all the occasional pyrotechnics, Graffiti on the Train is clearly the work of a man and an outfit that's done the rock'n'roll thing and is now easing into the next step. This is a solid enough start.

--Matthew Horton

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chris Walker on 12 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been a fan since hearing the first note of Word Gets Around but to be honest I had been a little disappointed with the recent album releases of late. I think I was almost ready to give up on Jones' song writing abilities, but alas, Graffiti on the Train comes out!

Again, its different! But its not rushed this time. Im humming nearly every song off this album to myself constantly and had the album on loop since receiving it in the post. Each listen brings new depth to the songs. If you're after quick 3 minute rock songs liken to WGA then this isnt for you... but what this is is properly constructed mature songs with a story and a edge. Out of ten songs there are atleast 6 songs that could be singles.

Do not listen to NME! this is quality! Enjoy
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 6 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This album marks a departure (no pun intended) from the previous write - record- tour cycle and the extra time taken to develop the sound is very evident. This is a diverse, melodic, discordant, filmic album spanning from vocal led ballad to blues to strings to rock. It is well worth a listen...but take your time and have a little patience it is a grower.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Zebebdee on 6 Mar. 2013
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This is an excellent album with some strong tracks. Especially like the story telling aspect and the wonderful moving sound of 'Graffiti on the Train', just beautiful. Of course Indian Summer is the reason I initially bought as such a catchy tune that stays in your head all day.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Morgan on 11 Mar. 2013
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For years now I've been of the opinion that Kelly Jones is the best Rock Vocalist the UK has to offer, and on this album he has the chance to prove that. The guitar has been reined in quite a bit, compared to other Stereophonics albums, which gives Kelly the chance to show off his remarkably soulful voice to its best effect. The title track is an instant classic, and the bluesy ballad "Been Caught Cheating" is another stunner. If, like me, you've generally preferred the band's mellower tunes, then you will love this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. C. Burrows on 8 Mar. 2013
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Quite simply their best album yet, how some critics can refer to this album as typical Stereophonics meat and potatoes pub rock is mind boggling. Every song is incredibly strong, but stand out moments are Violins and Tambourines, Graffiti on the Train, the superbly odd yet catchy zombie soundtrack esque In A Moment, all of which are amongst their best stuff and feature diversity by the bucket load. Catacombs is an opportunity for them to flex their guitar muscles, Take Me is beautiful, haunting and odd, and the end minute or so of Roll the Dice is superb, comparisons by reviewers to any Muse track with strings and rolling drums are completely lazy, it really isn't anything like Muse, but is brilliant despite this. The only track that I would give four stars is Caught Cheating, but only because I personally didn't much like You Gotta go There. Oh and Indian Summer is one of their best singles for a while, not sure why people are not liking it to be honest. Overall their most impressive album since Sex. Violence which is one of my all time favourite CDs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2013
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"Graffiti On The Train", Stereophonics' eighth studio album, is unlikely to win them any new fans, garner any reviews littered with gushing accolades or, indeed, change many peoples minds about them. It is, however, rather an enjoyable listen for somebody who has always liked the band and Kelly Jones' writing, without always liking everything they have always done. I'm not convinced that this album is any real new direction, but it certainly features a slight more widescreen, evolved, mature version of the band which, considering the fact they've been around for over twenty years, shouldn't be much of a surprise. However, this album is most definitely recognisable as a Stereophonics release, even with the added orchestral touches and the usual bombast toned down a little, so there is no chance of them alienating any of their current fans.

The strings-adorned title track with its rather beautiful guitar solo is certainly one of the highlights, although the point Kelly is trying to make through the lyrics, if any, has been lost on me. "Indian Summer", again featuring plenty of strings boldly punctuating the chorus, is a particularly likeable song, "Catacomb" is a pounding, relentless chunk of indie-rock which, frankly, sounds great and "Roll The Dice" is a classy, emotive, ambitious composition and is, in my opinion, probably the best thing on the whole release. Final track, the poignant, vulnerable and rather beautiful "No-one's Perfect", completes my personal pick of the highlights from "Graffiti On The Train", but it also has to be said that there is also nothing particularly dislikeable on the album either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By testedonpencils on 7 May 2013
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I've been listening to his album for a while and I have to say: I love this album. It's beautiful. Its the perfect mix of rough guitars and ragged vocals with sweet orchestral backdrops. The tragic love story of the title track made me well up the first time I heard it. The murderous thunder of Violins and Tambourines as it builds to a scream makes my pulse pound. The plaintive cry of No Ones Perfect that asks for forgiveness without makes excuses is touching and human. Even the faux blues of Been Caught Cheating, complete with crowd calling out assent and clinking glasses manages to feel genuine rather than contrived.

And it sounds great on vinyl. Albums like this are why vinyl exist. It sounds warm and analog and natural. The violins sound sweet, and acoustic guitars ring out while their electric cousins snarl and spit, and the bass pulses at it's heart.

Kelly Jones's voice has less of its characteristic rasp, though it's still far from smooth. The songs are mostly centred around love, in it's various forms and with it's various endings. This record is sometimes so melancholy it becomes spooky, as in Take Me with it's whispered female harmony, at other times, such as the song Catacomb, it sounds distinctly menacing, evoking some strange disturbing place with it's electronica overtones. The single Indian Summer was a rip roaring success, becoming Stereophonics 1st UK Top 40 single since 2007, with its story of a lost love and the good times that used to be, backed with an orchestral sound and ending with a simple slide guitar lick. There aren't really any aggressive rockers on this album, those looking for another Superman or Doorman are doomed to disappointment, but it's clear that the songwriting and playing have matured.
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