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Pure Rock and Roll
on 10 March 2006
I'll be honest, I didnt like the Stereophonics before. There is odd good song like "Have a nice day", but they always seemed boring. So imagine my suprise when I hear "Dakota" on the radio. On the strength of that song I bought this album and I was not disapointed.
"Superman" is a laid back, swaggering song, full of confidence. Kelly Jones sings falsetto excellently. "Doorman" instantly explodes into life, probably the heaviest, most rocking track on the album. Guitarists (like me) will love the scorching solo at the end. "Brother" and "Devil" are both straight up rock songs, catchy and full of assurance.
"Dakota", the first single, is a fantastic song, with hooking melodies and strong lyrics. "Rewind" is a slower paced song that still fits on the album and is more listenable than anything (except Madame Helga) off the last album.
"Girl" is a short, explosive song, full of thrashy guitars and agression.
Now for a suprise. Dakota is not the best song on the album. The best is lurking at track 10 and is called "Deadhead" Man, this song is awesome! The intro, carried by this bass, is full of menace, hinting at whats to come. There are wailing distorted lead guitar moments everywhere. The verses are sharp and melodic and the chorus is superb, very catchy. It ends with a cool guitar solo and an extended chorus. This is definatly the best song the 'phonics have ever written.
So there are the highlights, but all the songs are good. Buy this album, it rocks!