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Underperformance and Rocktales,
By A Customer
This review is from: Performance And Cocktails (Audio CD)
After the raw, small-town observations of "Word Gets Around", sincerely expressed and warmly crafted, the appearance of "Performance And Cocktails" heralded the 'Phonics slide into the lumpen, uninspiring and turgid songwriting which has sadly characterised each album release to date. We can only be thankful that "Peformance And Cocktails" sits at the top of the slide, edging nervously towards a frightful plunge, and therefore does contain one or two worthy moments. "The Bartender And The Thief" has a pub-rock catchiness, which infects the ears and refuses to let go, budging up and making room for itself next to "Hurry Up And Wait".
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and perhaps had it not signalled the end of the Stereophonics successful attempts to be vital and interesting, this album might not have seemed such a clumsy and routine affair. It contains more highlights than any of the collections which followed, but when the difference between highlight and highlights is one song, it's simply not enough.