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on 20 March 2014
i got into rock and metal because i have the musical instruments too play that type of music so i started watching kerrang and that is where i first heard and saw stereophonics
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on 16 November 2014
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on 26 August 2016
Early Stereos sounds raw, punchy and full of passion
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on 29 May 2013
No more to say really, just so much better again on Vinyl as opposed to CD. Classic Bluesy, &0's Rock rehashed for the 21st Century much maligned by many but frankly Ialways find them very enjoyable.
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on 22 April 2016
Great Music
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on 6 June 2003
Best thing I have heard all century. Maybe Tomorrow is a true classic. There are really strengths here and they are really starting to fill a whole album with classic tracks. If your a fan you'll love this, if you not than this is a very good place to start listening.
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on 11 February 2017
As Sterephonics records go...this is kind of the last great Stereophonics album.

Its the last with memorable songs anyway. Maybe tomorrow and Madam Helga are the stand outs.
I wish the rest of the album was that good as that, but its not.

There are some interesting moments here "Help Me" "I'm alright."

I kind of feel this album was a little bit rushed, most of these songs seem to be about Kelly Jones.

Stuart Cable in an interview said he had no interest in making this record.
So yes its a Kelly Jones record more, and probably the last really original sounding Stereophonics album after this they lost it big time...and have only recently recovered with Keep the village alive album.
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on 18 January 2011
The title of this album is absolutely perfect in describing both the content and the situation the band were in when this LP was released. Having made a startling burst onto the scene with their first LP before cementing their reputation on their 2nd, Sterephonics reached a crossroad and had to make a tough decision for their future, one which eventually paid off.

The band have always had two major skils; bouncy feel good rock and sorrowful acoustic numbers. Whilst their first 2 LP's explored both avenues, as they matured they decided to concentrate purely on the acoustic side of things and this saw them hit a wall for album's three and four. That's not to say the album isn't quality material, in fact some of the songs here are among the best Stereophonics have ever recorded, however with an LP featuring almost ALL acoustic tracks there is alway a danger that it will enter 'sleepy' territory.

This is a problem which held back it's predecessor, the equally talented yet dreary "J.E.E.P." (2001) which simply suffered not from a lack of quality songs but from an abscence of any changes of pace or high tempo numbers to break up the acoustic set. This led to the band's then drummer, Stuart Cable, describing the band as 'bland' and quitting on the eve of the album's tour. Many thought it would be the end of the band but thankfully they turned things around and are now solidly established long-term.

There are a selection of great tracks here. Kelly Jones has always had a talent for writing excellent acoustic numbers which connect with the user on a personal level and the standouts of this LP include the guitar driven "Maybe Tomorrow" (one of the band's colossal hits), the humorous "You Stole My Money, Honey", and the album's closer "Since I Told You It's Over".

One of the most notable things on the LP is the band's much rawer sound, which makes the album feel already like a good return to form from their highly polished third album despite the fact that it's set at the same slower pace. It is also a very personal affair, with Jones really opening up. He is reknowned for creating characters and telling the listener a story in his lyrics however here we see him speaking of his own feelings for the first time, and the incredible "Rainbows And Pots Of Gold" is eaily a career highpoint for the Welsh frontman. The album's title track (aka "I'm Alright") reveals a slightly darker side to the band which we had not previously heard and it is territory which they explore quite well, however the track would not truly come into it's own until played live.

Whilst listening to "You Gotta Go There To Come Back" two things will happen. Firstly there is plenty of Stereophonics' trademark excellent acoustic work to marvel at and Jones is on fine songwriting form, and secondly there is a distinct lack of any real rock songs. This is where the LP really falters. At times when the track is changing you'll be praying for the next tune to start with a big drum beat and Kelly Jones' great hacksaw rock voice but unfortunately, this feat goes unaccomplished.... Even when a rock track is attempted it is set at the same pace and therefore ineffective (the great funk guitar riff of opener "Help Me" is destroyed by the length of the track and lack of pace)

However, the title is very apt indeed. It is often said that a band is not proven until they lose their way a little and manage to return from the brink. After this LP the band lost their drummer and it looked to be all but over for them. Thankfully, this was not the case, replacing Cable with a new dummer and finding a new lease of life, Stereophonice returned in 2005 with the absolutely superb LP "Language, Sex, Violence, Other". It would seem the band's 3rd and 4th LP's had perhaps exhausted Kelly Jones' desire for acoustic numbers, as the follow-up saw the band ditch the acoustic numbers altogether in favour of a surprise return to a much more rock approach and they have not really looked back since.

All in all, this is a great album which hinders itself by sheer lack of pace, however the quality of the tracks is outstanding.
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on 17 May 2004
Kelly Jones' songwriting has grown sice the last album "Just Enough Education to Perform" (which was mostly slow and acoustic - not the Welsh band's proudest moment) to a more rocky 60s/70s inspired collection of catchy guitar tunes. It opens with the long (too long in my view) "Help Me" - a fast moving rocky anthem. Also like this are "Madame Helga", "High as the Ceiling", and "Jealousy". These are mixed with calmer, relaxing songs, namely "Maybe Tomorrow" and "Nothing Precious at all" and these are pulled off. Mr. Jones' lycrics are however not up to their previous greats, commenting on lives going on around him in a story like fashion. More sex and drugs references are made here than before, and these I feel aren't necesary. But songs such as "Since I Told you its Over" and "Rainbows and Pots of Gold" talk of heartbreak in a personal way, and the words of "Getaway" are cleverly thought out and meaningful.
Overall, there is little to say thats negative about this album, good solid Stereoponics stuff. Shame about "I'm Alright" though. This is an album I recomend, it turned me into a 'phonics fan and I am sure it will get you dancing around to it. Well done 'Phonics!
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on 9 June 2003
I used to love Oasis - eventually I got bored of them and went back to the roots and have been following Stereophonics ever since. I got the latest Oasis album, hoping something would come of it - no luck. In all honesty Stereophonics were the only band to actually change my whole perspective on life (when I was going through a rough patch). The first album I got was J.E.E.P when it came out. Then I went back to get the previous two and I was amazed at how they had changed over the albums. Their best is Word Gets Around - that is without a doubt. Their are some good songs on Performance and Cocktails, but not as good as their first as a whole! Anyway the more I listened to the first two albums the less I listened to J.E.E.P, some songs were great, but they didn't "feel" the same as they did before, only one rock song on the album :( However this album shows promise, that they actually want to change their style and perhaps ease their way into the style of Word Gets Around again. All the songs are class, but naturally there will be faves. The best songs are undoubtedly the rockier songs such as Madame Helga, Help Me and Climbing The Walls, the other songs are just classic J.E.E.P songs that actually sound much better and surprisingly come out very strong indeed. You have to listen to it a couple of times before you get used to it, but at least Stereophonics are changing their style and doing something different. Take the album with a light hearted spirit and take from the album what Kelly gives to it. Think of it as a collection, not individual songs. Because J.E.E.P didn't have a collective meaning and this album does, but I will leave you to work it out for yourself...
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