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Album Review

The Stereo are a band who have emerged from the world of melodic punk but have a real propensity for super-rock gestures. Though they lack the outright catchiness of Maladroit, the Stereo are closest to Weezer in sound and in their earnest ability to flirt with genres that might not have the most indie credibility. For Rivers Cuomo, it's the metal of his youth; for the Stereo's Jamie Woolford, it's Journey and Billy Joel. On Rewind + Record, Woolford isn't too proud to throw in the occasional heartfelt solo ("Pay No Attention") or build a song around a jaunting, '70s piano melody ("Don't Say Uncle," "Stop Breathing"). It is actually the touches of arena rock that sound the freshest, too — rehashed pop-punk numbers like "You Better Believe It" fall flat, while the spare and syrupy "Too Little, Too Late" feels genuine and original. Perhaps, like Cuomo, Woolford will continue to abandon the songwriting that is expected of him and follow his inner stadium rock star — then the Stereo will give listeners the unabashed hit album that they have all the potential for.


Formed: 1999

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Stereo plays catchy rock with the levity of Weezer, mixing pop-punk with the big, honest super rock of groups like Journey and just a hint of the heartfelt, piano romping of Billy Joel. The group began in 1999 when two musicians -- Jamie Woolford of Animal Chin and Rory Phillips of the Impossibles -- combined their solo projects at the recommendation of their label. After tape trading and phone calls, Woolford jumped in his van and drove to Austin, TX, where the duo recorded their entire full-length...
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