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Pull the Pin [CD]

Stereophonics Audio CD
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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 (15 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B000SLVRS0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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How the Stereophonics have done so well at being so average must baffle music lovers and musicians alike. They have perfected the art of mediocrity and yet, six albums later, they are still here, with Pull The Pin the latest box fresh offering.

Opening with a news reader's war report, you may think Kelly Jones and Co. are trying something new, but then their attempt as social commentators falls flat on its face. Picking on war, with "Soldiers Make Good Targets", the lyrics and delivery are as about as subtle as Ian Brown's "Illegal Attacks". And that's not to mention the distasteful artwork of two sets of pyschedelic glossed-up lips pulling a grenade pin. Mmm... war is sexy isn't it? The Jam's angst-ridden anti-nuclear anthem, "Going Underground", it most definitely is not. Which is a shame because under the lyrics there's some bloody great raunchy rock 'n' roll guitar. The war theme continues on "It Means Nothing", where: 'Gods love you all the same, /They Just Go By Different Names'. The Welsh rockers then turn to street violence (Kelly's annotated notes at the bottom of "Daisy Lane" explain that a young boy had died when some thieves attacked him for his mobile phone). But again, Dylanesque poeticism this ain't as Kelly unleashes his two-dimensional symbolism: 'Now there's red spray paint slashed on the wall/ R.I.P. Baby, we love you from all'. It's not even got the urgency and wrenching loss of "Local Boy In The Photograph".

Most of the rest of the album is sandwiched with introspective love songs, which basically say the same thing, about soul searching for a lost love (on "I Could Lose Ya" or in "Stone"); getting rid of a cheating lover ("Pass The Buck"); or your luck running out ("Ladyluck").

There's nothing more boring than lyrics like this screamed out by Kelly's wrenching Ford Cortina vocals. Someone give the guy some Strepsils, please.

All the thrashing build 'em up knock 'em down guitar/chorus tactics are employed with an acoustic track, "Bright Red Star", chucked in to cover all bases. yet, it's almost worse when the 'Phonics try and have fun on the grim accounting, speed and booze monkey track, "Bank Holiday Monday", or "I Could Lose Ya", where Kelly is treated to a quicky in the cinema.

This record just feels like the band are on a treadmill: There's no real depth, imagination or anything to connect with. Saying that - Stereophonics' fans will lap this up, it's more of the same! no surprises here. --Sonja D'Cruze

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it time elduderano! 4 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
Give it time el-duderino! This one really gets under your skin. I agree that some of the lyrics might be perceived as weak on first listen, but when you consider that Kelly is simply making a matter of fact commentary about the "state of things" (as with Daisy Lane) the surface simplicty of the words seem less crude and much more poignant.

There are some great rock songs on this record. Soldires Make good targets, I could Lose Ya and Ladyluck are classics and Bank Holiday Monday is a really dirty, pacy track which takes us all back to a certain time in our life. The storytelling approach to some of the songs ("pound a can in the garden all day") reminds me of word gets around in some ways, but the point is this isn't Word Gets Around or any of their other albums. The strength of the Phonics is that they are constantly evolving and not afraid to change. Its easy to stick to a winning formula and keep churning out the same stuff every two years but this band don't do that. They have a real range from dark rock, to blues to even touches of country. The thing is it works. Music critics are a tired bunch who contrary to their own beliefs are simply "sheep in wolves clothing". They purport to want something different, edgy etc but what they really want is a band that ticks their vision of what cool is. I'm havin it!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 3 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a MEGA album! I loved "Drowning" immediately, but my favourite track is "Ladyluck". Listen to it once, then again and again and again and I guarantee you will love it - even better than Dakota...... The Phonics just never disappoint and I can't wait to see them at Cardiff - bring it on!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to Mr. Writer! 16 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Phonics have had a bit of a mixed bag since Performance and Cocktails, especially with "You Have got to go There to Come Back". Their more recent "Language, Sex, Violence...Other" was a step back in the right direction, but some of the songs such as "Doorman" and "Brother" just seemed a bit to angry and not what the phonics were all about.

It is with this album that I think the Phonics are back to what they do best some fun rocky songs, mixed with some more emotional numbers. I found that by the second listen I was already singing along with the songs on the way to work!

The biggest dissapointment about this album for me has been its critical reception. I know that the boys generally don't get much air time as they are not best chums with the DJs on Radio 1, such as Coldplay, Kaizer Chiefs etc, and they don't appear in court on a drug charge every week to get an appearance in Heat- but the disdain they have recieved in their reviews I found quite shocking. I have seen 3 reviews in major papers give it only 2 Stars! Their only reason being that they seem to take an incredible dislike to the band members, and don't really mention the album apart from how nice it was to turn it off! Is this really down to the song "Mr Writer" written 7 years ago. Sadly I think it may do, I certainly hope it is not because they are Welsh Valley boys...although part of me think if they were cheeky cockneys this album would have received better reviews.

I suggest ignore any reviews and form your own opinion. With songs such as Daisy Lane, Stone & It Means Nothing... I think you will agree with me!
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By Gobby
Format:Audio CD
I love this band, partly because each of their albums is so different and they constantly evolve and yet remain unmistakably the 'Phonics. Word Gets Around and Performance & Cocktails have been their best albums for a long time...until now. Pull the Pin is right up there. Having not heard any of the songs (yes, I live under a rock) beforehand, I was a bit worried about ordering this album after LSVO? (Dakota was really the only good song on that very lazy album). I needn't have worried...I loved Pull the Pin on the first listen.

Yes, it's sad that Stuart got sacked, but Javier is a lightyears more talented drummer...he's excellent and really drives the music whilst throwing in some killer whatever-drumming-bits-are-called (are they riffs, or is that just guitarspeak?). Kelly's voice is as hot as ever...that crescendo at the end of It Means Nothing is phenomenal. Daisy Lane is beautiful. All the songs are great.

This is a great album by a great band. If you buy it and are disappointed, you're a weirdo! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Sublime 3 Nov 2007
By Foxtrot
Format:Audio CD
This has to be the phonics best work yet, Kelly Jones really outdoes himself on this album.. Standout tracks are: Crush, Lady Luck, Soldiers make good targets, and it means nothing.. This album truly is a brilliant christmas present to anyone! Buy this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great band with another great album! 30 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
I saw this band live in May this year (having owned all of their previous albums and being a fan for many years) and they were absolutely fantastic!

Having acquired the latest offering, 'Pull the Pin', I wasn't initially blown away as with previous albums (I suppose I was comparing it to the previous albums without realising!). However it is one of those albums that takes quite a few listens to get into but once I found myself familiarising myself with the tracks, I now love it!

Bank Holiday Monday is a classic piece of rock from Kelly and the boys and the new single 'It Means Nothing' is incredibly catchy and I find myself playing it all the time (is it just me!?). Every song on this album is great in its own way and I can't see any 'Phonics fans not finding at least something on here that they like - I just happen to like it all!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is good from the boys but not their best. It's still worth getting in your collection as it does allow you to explore the bands other musical directions
Published 8 months ago by Grassam12
5.0 out of 5 stars Music mad
I was completely happy and satisfied with the product. The product is everything I imagined and I was pleased with the price and packaging. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sarah Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Pull The Pin
Another great "rocky" album from Stereophonics, this one is great for playing whilst driving, lots of guitar riffs, just the ticket!
Published 12 months ago by S. NAKONECZNYJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have been meaning to buy this CD for ages and finally got around to it. I am not disappointed. Great band, great sound, great album. Read more
Published 16 months ago by T A Deione
3.0 out of 5 stars Riding On Their Own Coat Tails....
After estblishing themselves as a great rock band with their first two LP's, Stereophonics went off the rails and gained a slightly unfair reputation for being somewhat dull thanks... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by Mr. R. Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars Stereophonics - Pull the Pin
With two mentions of the "F-word" this isn't a CD I would buy for a young child, none-the-less this is a great CD, my personal favorite track being track 5, Daisy Lane. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2009 by Andrew Davis
2.0 out of 5 stars Why is this so highly rated?!
I honestly don't understand why it's been rated so highly. Sure this album has some good tracks;

*Soldiers Make Good Targets
*It Means Nothing
*My... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2009 by A Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Stereophonics Pull the Pin
Not as good as other Stereophonics albums. too rocky for me but for others it might be great
Published on 26 Feb 2009 by Mrs. A. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM OF 07
This is the best album of 2007 its a really good one well worth the money
Published on 30 Dec 2008 by Ben Booth
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as Language,sex..
Love this album,it's just a shame that bands like this dont get played on the radio any more (apart from the lead single) It's the same for Travis,Manics,Supergrass,Shed seven... Read more
Published on 11 April 2008 by Mr. P. Shorthouse
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