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The sleeping Gargoyle comes alive
on 3 April 2015
According to online "writings"...this album was already written recorded and finished by the end of 2006.
Which would of probably been a far better time to release it, and build on the popularity of the album they did a year before (not that it was that amazing anyway, but it would of helped it a bit)
Compared to Word Gets Around or You got to go there to come back, this is very "mundane..."
It has its moments I suppose. Daisy Lane (a song about knife stabbings...how wonderful)....Stone (a miserable tune about driving looking for your girlfriend...) It means nothing (see song before)
Pass the Buck and Soldiers make good targets kind of save the day. I am not sure what Kelly Jones was thinking when he did this record.
I hope he was thinking "Lord, should I get Stuart Cable back in the band and Bird and Bush producing again?"
Well...you would hope so.
Unfortunately he didn't listen to his own wisdom and we get this.
If you are a Stereophonics fan and your preferred record is Performance and Cocktails...then you will smash a kitchen bench in half with your fist in frustration listening to this.
It rocks yes, it has a few nice slow moving songs....but its just a huge big black headache.
What is more odd is the best track is a b side..."Nitedrive"
Which would of been a better cross over song, for America, also being one the older fans could relate too who knew the band in the earlier years.
Surprisingly the most boring song on the record Bright Red Star (an occult reference..?)...is the stand out.
So if your going to download one song from it, it should be that one.
My Friends tries to be another "I wouldn't believe your radio" or "T shirt sun tan" but its not.
Same with Bank Holiday Monday....its Dakota meets Bartender and the thief...not a wonderful combination.
To be honest, this is probably one of the WORST Stereophonics albums along with Keep Calm and Carry On.
Since 2009 they have improved, but what I noticed is...once they started going back to their more Welsh sound or the sound they had when they were living in Wales...they became a far more listenable and interesting band.
Why would we want the Stereophonics to become U2 for?
Or REM. These are bands Kelly Jones aspires to be like, that evolve.
But the Stereophonics have not evolved, they have just tried to break America, and while doing it, America broke them.
And to be honest, I am not sure Kelly Jones should focus on success in America anyway. There are loads of problems in Africa, New Zealand, Australia.
Focus on those countries first, worry about America later. Because its Americas problems which is why those countries are in such a state anyway.
Fame and Fortune never wins the day.
As a repellent to this albums disappointment (should you feel such a thing..) I would suggest giving Stuart Cables Killing for company song Surrender a listen, it sounds much more in line with the early Stereophonics songs - at the Stuart Cable tribute page.