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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stereophonics Album
If you're new to the Stereophonics, you may not have heard their debut. They didn't get huge until 'The Bartender and the Thief' came out. If you haven't heard it, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as its by far their best album.
Its quite a raw and rocky sound, but the phonics have never been able to match the raw energy of this album. The songwriting is open and...
Published on 19 July 2005 by Mark Dixon

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars if you like that sort of thing
the stereophonics aren't really my kind of band, and i really don't get on with their new material. this album - which i picked up in a bargain bin because i always rather liked 'local boy in the photograph' - is something quite different. the opening track amd the closing tracks stand out to me, while the rest of the album, after several listens, just seems to fit...
Published on 8 Jun 2001


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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best album, 27 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Word Gets Around (Audio CD)
This is the best album you will ever buy
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3 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont be fooled, this is really bad, 26 Feb 2000
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Stereophonics are poor. Their lyrics are awful at best, and their musical ability is of a very low standard. People who buy this album are the kind of people who like 'allsorts' of music, and dont have any real idea. This band will not evolve at all and will continue churning out the same dross until guitar based pop dies.
If you are really interested in real music, dont fool yourself with this dross, go and buy some classics like Nirvanas' 'Nevermind' (Smells like teen spirit is not the best song on there either), Red hot chili peppers 'blood sugar sex magic', smashing pumpkins 'siamese dream' or even better, Korns eponymous debut. Better again, the first 'Rage against the machine' album, that is pure classic.
If one person reads this and doesn't buy it, i have achieved my goal, if it is you, go and search for Rage, go on, you won't be sorry.
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2 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even worth the paper for the cover, 14 Sep 2000
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This is extremely bad. There is no imagination or originality in Stereophonics' music. The drummer just keeps on crashing the cymbals, there are no memorable guitar riffs, and Kelly Jones has a voice not unlike fingernails being rubbbed across a chalkboard.
How this album ever received its critical acclaim is beyond me - anyone wanting to experience true Indie music should leave this well alone and look at The Stone Roses and Cast, bands with originality and flair.
After hearing this, there is no way I am ever going to consider buying Perfomance and Cocktails, or any further Stereophonics releases. Even the great tracks 'Local Boy' and 'Same Size Feet' fail to rescue the album.
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2 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly overrated, 17 May 2000
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There is a limit to how much of Kelly Jones' whining, irritating, grating voice you can take, and this album goes way past that limit.
This coupled with annoying lyrics and the unforgivably bad intro to 'Check my Eyelids for Holes' confirm the fact that the Stereophonics should never have been allowed into a recording studio.
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