Another fantastic offering from the 'Phonics. 'Roll Up And Shine' opens the album heroically while 'The Bartender And The Theif' is quite good. 'Hurry Up And Wait' is the joint best on the album with its amazing lyrics and brilliant, flowing music. 'Pick A Part' is a poppy affair and is a fantastic track, as is other single 'Just Looking', which has a rhythm guitar riff to die for. 'Half The Lies You Tell Ain't True' continues the albums high tempo, rock 'n' roll feel. The only real let down on the album is 'I wouldn't believe your radio' which has poor lyrics and is a bit of a bland and boring song. 'Is Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today?' is joint best as it is an epic track and a landmark song for the lads from Wales. It is right up there with 'Traffic', 'Too Many Sandwiches', 'Local Boy', 'Goldfish Bowl', 'Same Size Feet', 'Hurry Up and Wait' and 'Not Up To You' as one of the very best Stereophonics tracks. 'A minute longer', although a bit too slow and plain, is a good tune and once again the lyrical genius of Kelly Jones shines through, as it does in 'She Takes Her Clothes Off', another high point of the album. 'Plastic California' is yet another superb track and 'I stopped to fill my car up' is great, although not as good as the heavy, rock and roll live version (which you can get on 'Hurry Up And Wait' CD2).
Overall, not as good as the debut album but still a fantastic effort from the lads.