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  • Audio CD (16 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B002PAQETY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. She's Alright
  2. Innocent
  3. Beerbottle
  4. Trouble
  5. Could You Be The One?
  6. I Got Your Number
  7. Uppercut
  8. Live 'n' Love
  9. 100MPH
  10. Wonder
  11. Stuck In a Rut
  12. Show Me How

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Few bands make it to their seventh album, let alone many of Stereophonics contemporaries. From the critically acclaimed debut, Word Gets Around through to the hugely successful greatest hits collection, Decade in the Sun, Kelly Jones and his band have consistently turned out quality indie rock. Keep Calm and Carry On is indeed the Stereophonics seventh studio album and seemingly no different if the single "Innocent" is anything to go by.

Please note that a small number of customers have reported an issue with this CD whereby the wrong album and track titles are displayed when uploading or playing the songs on their PC. In most cases, the audio content on the CD is correct, but the software used displays the details of another CD. Please also note: this is an issue with the software used to play the CD, and not a manufacturing problem. Customers are encouraged to try playing the disc with a different software package, or on a conventional CD player/Hi-Fi before returning the item, or contacting customer service.

BBC Review

When Stereophonics emerged with their 1997 debut, Word Gets Around, it sounded like narrative songwriting had found a fantastic new voice. Kelly Jones' tales of small-town Wales, like Local Boy in the Photograph, were so concise and evocative – yet still rocking – that the band were immediately hooned into the leagues of festival headlining and huge homecomings.

Since then, however, Stereophonics have become a pub-rock shadow of themselves; an act that still commands a loyal fanbase – as a recent show at Cardiff Castle proved – but one that's never going to win a Mercury Prize. Not that, you'd imagine, they'd particularly want to. Musically they seem to have made little progress beyond flirtations with synthesizers, as in 2005's number one single Dakota.

Which brings us to Keep Calm and Carry On. Named after World War Two posters that seeped back into the public consciousness at the peak of the recession, it's a title seemingly designed to provoke critics into making obvious remarks about them calmly plodding along and getting on with the business of selling out arenas.

Jones, who once wrote beautifully of local suicides and disgraced football coaches, has filled this album with words there purely so that the songs aren’t instrumentals. Stories are present – opener She's Alright tells the tale of a boozy date that Jones has to chaperone through a messy night – but they're told in such trite banalities that it makes it hard to care.

It's a real shame, because there's definitely some heart here. Take Beerbottle, which sings of a flooded home and evokes the Keep Calm manifesto through the narrator's dad; as a metaphor for family unrest and stoicism it works well. But two songs later, on the weepy Could You Be the One, a potential suitor is told: "Every single thing that you do is cool." Surely they can do better.

Musically it's as solid as you'd expect – but solid won't turn kids onto the wonders of rock’n’roll. Jones's divisive gravelly voice is still in full swing, too. Sometimes it's a few stones too much, so when he reels it in on closing ballad Show Me Now the difference is palpably pleasing.

Still, for those who have flocked to see them for years, this will be enough to sustain their biennial fix of Cwmaman rock. But Keep Calm… is unlikely to win Stereophonics any new fans. No doubt they'll carry on up the charts regardless. --Will Dean

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Great packaging, some nice songs but it just isn't as raw and exciting as the early stuff. Of course that is very unfair, I love Kelly Jones' voice and he really is a fine songwriter. I just do not find anything new or great signs of development. If you already have all the Stereophonics albums then you are going to buy this anyway if you don,t start with 'word gets around' and 'performance and cocktails' and move on from there.

Oh and the DVD is quite good actually.
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As with all Stereophonics albums there's something a bit different from the others, but as always, the lads pull another great one out the bag. Stand out tracks for me are 100mph, Live n Love, Uppercut & Innocent. A must for any phonics fan.
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I recently saw the Stereos perform at the MEN, and I must say they were outstanding. They entered with the song "Innocent" and ended with "Dakota". I recently purchased the "Keep Calm and Carry On" album and have been playing it ever since. Good feeling songs to listen to while driving in the summer. "Could you be the one" is my favourite track on the album. If you are a dedicated Stereophonics fan, you will love this. BUY!! BUY!! BUY!!
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Stereophonics have been hindered by a "hit & miss" mentality for the past decade, starting their career with two blisteringly good rock LP's before veering off to explore their acoustic side for the next 2 and, perhaps unfairly, being tagged as dull as a result. They literally shocked everybody in 2005 when their "Language, Sex, Violence, Other?" album showed the band had returned to their rock sound and they absolutely deserved their success as the record speaks for itself - however it was short-lived, with the follow-up (2007's "Pull The Pin") suffering from the pressure of not being able to live upto it's predecessor.

By the time 2009's "Keep Calm And Carry On" swung around, nobody expected anything much and felt the band had smashed their finest material through their 2005 LP and left themselves winding down from then on... this was not the case.

Any rock fan will advise to ignore Stereophonics media reviews, as since 2001's stinging attack "Mr. Writer" the band have been panned by just about every critic and his dog. "Keep Calm And Carry On" is a shock return to the kind of form which we thought was gone. Kelly Jones has found the type of songwriting skills once more which made him such as standout performer in the first place.

From the opened "She's Alright" you can tell Jones sounds confident the way he did in 2005, and when Kelly Jones is in confident mood you're in for a good LP. The opener sets the tone for a very solid record, easily one of their best to date. We also get the typically catchy "Innocent" and the album highlight "Beerbottle", a story of flood victims which sees Jones' voice hitting heights never previously even attempted.
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I've found that lately I'm becoming a bit of a Stereophonics fan, so I suppose I'm a little biased here, but I really enjoyed this album. My all time favourite is probably "Graffiti on a Train" probably followed by "Performance and Cocktails". Having listened to this album a few times now, I think it's right up there with those two.
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The Stereophonics have been subject to critical mauling over the past few years, and albums. 2001's 'Just Enough Education to Perform', their third release, gave the critics reason to raise eyebrows at the tiresome and overplayed 'Have A Nice Day', and the generally acoustic feel to the whole album dismayed many. The efforts of such to break into the US market having failed, the following album fared even worse - and had a completely incomplete feel to it. With the replacement of Stuart Cable by Javier Weyler on drums, 2005's 'Language.Sex.Violence.Other' heralded the Phonics first number one single: the cracklingly electric Dakota. Even with the slight improvement and more hard rock edge to that album, 2007's follow up - and sixth album - 'Pull the Pin' was, to say the least, sterile and disappointingly under par. Lyrically dull, musically laboured or awkward, and full of nothing-much-to-say forgettable filler (with only the occasional burst of potential), many - including myself - wrote Kelly Jones and crew off as having sold out and given up.

However, it was with interest that this new album arrived in my CD player today. And this album, believe me, is quite a departure. Maybe, finally, Kelly Jones is keeping calm and making music, rather than bowing to the pressure of record company suits to rush out a biennial release. It has a considered, textured feel to it rather than the rushed and vacant formula's found on their previous two efforts (with the exception of course, of Dakota, for which we must all bow to Jones' skill and brilliance).
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I do not know why but this was missing from my collection. I on investigation it would seem I had only a few of the songs from it. I had to rectify that because it is spot on classic Stereophonics. It is a must have if you are a fan.
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