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Just Enough Education to Perform CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (9 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: v2
  • ASIN: B000056KPI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Vegas Two Times
  2. Lying In The Sun
  3. Mr.Writer
  4. Step On My Old Size Nines
  5. Have A Nice Day
  6. Nice To Be Out
  7. Watch Them Fly Sundays
  8. Everyday I Think Of Money
  9. Maybe
  10. Caravan Holiday
  11. Rooftop

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Three albums in, and Stereophonics have written their first truly mature work, Just Enough Education to Perform. While the Cwmaman trio's first two albums were blighted by the occasional spot of facile pub-rock tub-thumping which served only to dilute Kelly Jones' emotive laments into ear-candy, Just Enough Education to Perform evokes the ragged croak of Rod Stewart or the world-weary country lament of Neil Young without feeling the need to unnecessarily embellish its content. It's not all good: the album's first single, "Mr Writer"--a stab at dismissive music journalists--is, ironically, petulant and unwieldy, spoilt by Jones' clunky lyric: "You've just enough, in my own view, education to perform/ I'd like to shoot you all." Far more successful are the simple semi-acoustic readings of "Nice To Be Out", "Step on My Old Size Nines" and "Lying in the Sun", which prove that, stripped-down, Jones can match most singer-songwriters of an alt-country persuasion without breaking into a sweat. By this time in their career, Oasis began losing themselves in bland bombast and a fog of hollow guitar solos; to its credit, Just Enough Education to Perform does not let fame cloud the clarity of its meaning. --Louis Pattison

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I think a lot of stereophonics fans were expecting too much from this album. But, personally, I think it's one of their best, it's not as rocky as Words Gets Around or P&C but it is certainly better musically. And it certainly isn't dull, the songs are slightly slower thats all. Which I think is a good thing having created a stereophonics acoustic album for myself so I can hear the slower side of the phonics. Everybody liked such songs as Stopped To Fill My Car Up and Billy Davie's Daughter, this album is written in the same vein. Vegas 2 Times is one of the best phonics tracks i've ever heard and that's followed by the magnificent Lying In The Sun, after those two songs it didn't matter what the rest of the album was like, i loved it. And for those who were disappointed, you can't expect phonics to churn out the same songs over and over, I think it's good to experiment with different styles of music and I hope their next album experiments more again so that we can hear the different types of songs Kelly Jones can write. Getting better all the time
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As soon as i got the cd in my grubby little fingers i ran home and put it on full blast attempting to disrupt all neighbourly activity. Vegas 2 times came on and my prayers had been answered...or had they? I then proceeded to listen to the rest of the album. Once it had finished i sat there and thought to myself "what a bag of crap!" Where's the Just looking, the local boy in the photograph where's this style gone? And i'm sure i wasn't the only person who purchased this album and thought that. After constant listening i ended up liking about 5 of the 11 songs. Not overly liking them i might add. Then 2 things changed everything. 1 - the release of Have a nice day which became one of the tunes of the summer. 2 - Seeing them playing the Day at the Races in Donington. Kelly Jones came on and told us he was gonna start from the beginning and that he did. They started with Local boy and ended with Rooftop. The i understood, i suddenly understood what Jeep is all about. It's about maturity and moving on. And all it took was 50,000 people and one great concert to get it through to me. My favourite song of the evening? Mr Writer! I couldn't believe it myself but it was truly magnificant. So to truly understand this album either give it time or see them live. I recommend the second as its a lot faster.
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'Just Enough Education To Perform' has given the Stereophonics a totally different direction of tracks influenced by Bob Dylan especially but with a great 'Phonics touch to it. Stuart, Kelly and Richard have yet again delivered without a doubt a great rock but mellow album. With Stuart' great drum patterns and Kelly's adding 'Tar' voice and some new guitar slide and riffs, plus Richard's great strong bass lines. It is obvious that the boys put there heads together and created another yet completely different album. One great track on the album is 'Nice To Be Out' with a lovely smooth relaxed Bob Dylan touch to it. 'Have A Nice Day' is a very happy summer song with a great catchy tune to it, and a deffinate hit for there third single. All in all 'Word Gets Around' was a great debut album that caught everybody's attention to the Stereophonics. Then came 'Performance and Cocktails' which made them even more famous as a band and had them recognition as musicians. And now the long awaited J.E.E.P record and shows how much they have changed and matured since the first record. This record is certainly going to turn many more heads.
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With the charts filling up with pop after pop after pop each day, i've been waiting for this album for quite a while now.Anyone who is a true music fan will enjoy this, not necessarily a Phonics fan all the same.A lot of the reviews on here are from big Phonics fans + aren't used to this new mature sound their beating out this time round.Also, I don't think it's a good idea to review a disc after one or two listens, especially with this disc as we're only just being introduced to their new styles of music on this album. Don't worry, Kelly's voice is still as husky + kool as ever. Top tracks on here are the classic "Vegas Two Times", a kick ass start to the album + the Phonics at their best."Lying In The Sun" +"Have A Nice Day".Defo one of the better albums out at the mo.Not as happening straight away like the fab "Word Gets Around" + "Performance and Coctails" but still defo worth a listen.Also, top new albums out from Feeder + Ash this week. Recommended girls + boys. P.S. I rarely give 5 stars
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As soon as I bought the album,Just Enough Education To Perform,the inevitable questions began running through my mind.Would this album be able to match up to the standards of its predecessors,Word Gets Around and Performance And Cocktails?Would it let every Stereophonics fan down and be what nobody really expected or hoped it would be?Fortunately,there isn't reason to be disappointed as soon as you hear it.Opening with Vegas Two Times,a track that restores every faith in the mind of the average Stereophonics fan that thankfully they haven't lost their 'rock' edge.Combined with the enigmatic sounds of guitars and drums,the rather ambitious addition of gospel singers and the faultless voice of lead singer Kelly Jones,Vegas Two Times makes a first class opening track.We can see however how Stereophonics have matured as a band and while we all love timeless classics like The Bartender and the Thief and Too Many Sandwiches there is this certain effect that Just Enough Education To Perform has on you.When you hear tracks such as Lying In The Sun,Caravan Holiday and Rooftop the listener will almost certainly find themselves with the same lump in their throat that they found listening to Billy Davey's Daughter for example.Lying In The Sun has the ability to capture a side to life many of us will often take for granted but after listening to this deeply moving track you cannot help but wish there was more we could do in this world.Everyday I Think Of Money is a subject we can all relate to and contains great irony-which as with Lying In The Sun makes us appreciate and reflect on the lives we do lead,no matter how bad we think they may be. As always there is a happy go lucky song in Have A Nice Day-the ideal song to wake you up in the morning.Read more ›
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