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|1. Roll Up And Shine|
|2. The Bartender And The Thief|
|3. Hurry Up And Wait|
|4. Pick A Part That's New|
|5. Just Looking|
|6. Half The Lies You Tell Ain't True|
|7. I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio|
|8. T-Shirt Sun Tan|
|9. Is Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today?|
|10. A Minute Longer|
|11. She Takes Her Clothes Off|
|12. Plastic California|
|13. I Stopped To Fill My Car Up|
The Welsh indie rock trio's 1999 sophomore release featuring the U.K. top three hit 'The Bartender And The Thief' and the single 'Just Looking'. 13 tracks in all.
Stereophonics have evolved remarkably since they were a Welsh covers band who once prided themselves on the authenticity of their Jimi Hendrix set. Though that 1960s influence is muted on the follow-up to their million-selling debut, Word Gets Around, there are enough hard riffs and vocal shred on the power trio's sophomore outing to evoke more contemporary Seattle comparisons. His band's whirlwind success have informed singer-songwriter Kelly Jones' lyrics and vocal persona with some refreshingly wide-eyed cynicism to season his band's hard-edged pop bent. Though they evoke comparisons to everyone from the Faces to Alice in Chains, Stereophonics are clearly carving their own niche, especially on the infectious "She Take Her Clothes Off," the acoustic-rooted "I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio," the raucous opener "Roll Up and Shine," and "A Minute Longer." Like many ambitious young musicians before them, Jones and company have written about the world they've seen from the back of a bar, a tour bus window, and through TV's jaundiced filter; it's the cinematic grace, wit, and humanity of those observations that sets them apart from their Brit-pop peers and forecasts even greater things to come. --Jerry McCulley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The album starts of with a rousing "Roll Up and Shine", as good an album opener as you will find. The next track "The Bartender and The Thief" (one of the album's highly succesful singles in the UK) is an up-uptempo rocker, just great. "Hurry Up and Wait" (another of the singles) is an accoustic-based slower song, contemplating the question of why we wanna hurry up all the time. "Half The Lies" is one of the album's best tracks, another stomp-along tracks, and the same can be said for the ironically titled "Is Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow", demonstrating Kelly Jones' smart lyrics. "I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio" (another single) stems from a dream Kelly had about "Ringo Starr and George Harrison singing in front of my parents' house", and while originally intended to be sung by drummer Stuart Cable (in the vein of Ringo Starr), in the end Kelly has lead vocals on this one.
This album was the break-through for the Stereophonics in the UK and it's easy to see why: great melodies, great guitar hooks, and interesting themes. The band has made some headway in the US this year (most recently opening for U2), but they deserve much better. BUY IT!
Overall, not as good as the debut album but still a fantastic effort from the lads.
Lyrically Kelly Jones has avoided some of the cliches and metaphors of his contempories and written openly and honestly about life. In such songs as 'T-Shirt Suntan', 'A Minute Longer' and 'She Takes Her Clothes Off' he writes about simple subjects (but in fact A Minute Longer is touching). There seems to be a recurring lyrical theme of life itself as opposed to specific things in it ('Hurry Up And Wait', 'Pick A Part That's New', 'Just Looking') but some are about specific (fictional)events ('I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio', 'I Stopped To Fill My Car Up'). I Stopped To Fill My Car Up is interesting because he tells this heartbreak story and then says he made it up to get our attention.
Musically the albums ranges from soft indie to hard rock. There are the heavy fast hard rock songs ('Roll Up And Shine', 'The Bartender And The Thief', 'Half Of The Lies You Tell Ain't True'), the overall rockers ('Pick A Part That's New', 'T-Shirt Sun Tan', 'Plastic California'), the beautiful indie ('Hurry Up And Wait', 'She Takes Her Clothes Off', 'I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio') and introspective acoustic indie ('A Minute Longer', 'Is Yesterday Tommorow Today')- although even these use some electric guitars towards the end of the songs. Just Looking doesn't really fit into any of the catagories because it starts like acoustic indie and then turns into a fairly heavy rocker at the chorus.
Its possibly that this trio (who are adding an extra guitarist for their next album, Just Enough Education to Perform) may go on to achieve great things.
Most recent customer reviews
A brilliant album and one of the stand out album's of the 90's. A very fast moving, rock album and even thou it's hard to pick there best album I certaily think it's up there (in... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2010 by Ben Nicholson
if you can get past the grating voice of the lead singer, you might find this album mildly enjoyable. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2004 by walid habboub
Grunge is just a memory now as the American masses go after Kid Rock. But bands like Stereophonics have been doing the great old punk/metal thing for a few years, and this new... Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by alexander laurence
What can I say? The Stereophonics rock on this album, and I have to recommend that everyone pick it up and give it a listen. You'll love it, there's no way you can't. Read morePublished on June 16 2002 by Robert T.
Have you ever gotten a new cd, turned the volume up and wanted to sing along immediately but you don't know the lyrics? That just happened to me. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2001 by Zenobia Hopwood
Vous cherchiez un album qui est sensastionnelle de A à Z, et bien en voilà un. UN groupe 100% british sortit de l'urne du silence au Québec, grace a son... Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2001 by Mike
stereophonics are one of my favourite bands and this is a superb album.It begins with two thumping songs roll up and shine and bartender and the thief. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2001 by nicola