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A success in America? or just another bland record?
on 11 March 2015
You would think after a couple of albums which sort of lost the band their original direction they would try and think things out more.
For example...not get rid of their manager or drummer?
But it seems that is what they did.
Kelly Jones's band, it might as well be. FINE...but is it much better?
No, not really.
Stuart Cable was a big part of the Stereophonics and to be honest as soon as he went...it only went downhill.
I think Kelly Jones is realizing they were a much better band on the first two albums, when they were more of a band, than just a group with a songwriter.
The problem with this record is, it doesn't go anywhere.
You would think...with the television program Long Way Round, they would include the song they did for that show, particularly since it was shown worldwide on tv?
But no, its a b side on the Dakota single.
Dakota...is the worst song on this album by far. Dakota did quite well in America, but...it didn't make the band anymore successful.
If the band wanted to do well in america, my suggestion is, do more acoustic sounding songs. But Kelly Jones beefed up the ROCK (Without the roll it sounds) and made an album of heavy guitar riffs.
America like guitar riffs rather than chords so why not eh?
Its awful. I enjoyed Loilta, Girl is a fast rocker and its fun to listen too and Rewind is pretty good.
But that is about it sadly.
All the songs sound the same, too fast moving too fast paced and too unlike their early albums to make sense.
The real great song left off this record was Outside...which had a different sort of sound to it.
But of course it isn't here.
Another is Hammerhead.
There was also another demo that never made it called "Soul" which you can hear on the Dakota single.
I don't know why...Kelly Jones chose some of these songs over others.
It would of made sense to do an album following from You got to go there...with songs more like Maybe Tomorrow and Madam Helga again and build on what they did, because Maybe Tomorrow was a very popular song along with its video.
But some of the videos they did for this album with the single choices and sound direction are just terrible.
Doesn't make sense to me, and Pull the pin was even worse!
Anything they had going with the 2nd and 3rd albums which paved the way for their success in America were funnily enough - ruined by this record. Yet this is the album that was supposed to get them the success they wanted there..?
Fortunately on following records it seems Kelly Jones has realized what made the band better with the 3 albums that followed.
But real disappointing thing is because of the death of Stuart Cable because of alcohol poisoning he will never rejoin the band, when he didn't really need to leave in the first place.
Kelly Jones should of stuck with their original manager and Stuart and not become such an ego maniac, not only did it damage band friendships but also affected the music.
What can I say positive about this record? Not much. It won't be remembered as a great Stereophonics album and there are much better other ones.