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STEREOPHONICS - Keep Calm & Carry On

2009

 

 

The absolute best thing about Kelly Jones and his merry bunch of Stereophonics has always been his innate ability to tell a meaningful story within the 3 or 4 minute confines of a rock song. The bands’ first four albums were full of lush mini-dramas, chock-a-block full of interesting and well-drawn characters, and they had the ability to draw the listener into their mini-worlds time and time again.

 

More recently Stereophonics albums have seen a lot less of these tales; Jones’ songwriting has become less the storytelling poet, more the generic rock songwriter – much to the detriment of the band’s canon, to be honest.

 

On this, their seventh studio disc, Stereophonics do exactly what it says on the label: Keep calm and carry on. The songs herein are all good pop/rock songs, dripping with melody, and they are recorded well and sound good.

 

But despite this, nothing jumps out, and you’re left wishing there was a ‘Local boy in The Photograph’, ‘Bartender and the Thief’ or ‘T-shirt Suntan’ on offer – something to transport you away from day to day life and into an archetypal Kelly Jones fantasy world. We know they can do better: here’s hoping next time will be a return to game form.

 

Shane