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Album Review

Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones roars "Cuz all I wanna do/Is make a mess outta you" on "Doorman," one of many white-hot blowouts from the band's fifth album, Language. Sex. Violence. Other? The album title borrows from the classification code used on the backs of DVDs, and its blunt display instantly pulls listeners toward Stereophonics' nonchalant chutzpah. Jones and bassist Richard Jones have never sounded more brash. The punk-inspired spark that made their 1997 debut, Word Gets Around, so impressive is rekindled. This 11-song set, which features quick and curt one-word song titles, is matched with sex appeal and an unshakable confidence. Argentinean-born Javier Weyler, who replaced founding drummer Stuart Cable in 2004, is a great fit with Stereophonics' wicked yet sensitive personality. Songs such as the smoldering bass funk of "Brother," the crunchy drop-kick of "Girl," and the glossy guitar hooks of "Dakota" find Stereophonics' second coming to be a convincing one. Jones' signature vocal grit saunters around the bravado of "Superman" and slow wax of "Pedalpusher" particularly well. This is the studio record they've been dying to make. While their previous four albums all showcased great moments, Stereophonics never fully realized their full-throttled power until Language. Sex. Violence. Other? Previous singles like "Madame Helga" and "The Bartender and the Thief" were mere glimpses into what this Welsh rock threesome could do if they just built upon their thick, merciless riffs and Jones' rough-edged vocals. Language. Sex. Violence. Other? is such an intense studio record. Stereophonics could not have nailed it any better.

Customer Reviews

OMG

this is an amazing album from the phonics its a gr8 comeback from the not very good previous albums YGTGTTCB and JEETP. this album shows a dark side to them and also there best album top 5 dakota rewind superman brother devil but dont just buy those 5 buy the whole album

Wow

This is their best album - Dakota, Superman, Doorman and Devil are just incredible songs, they should go back to this sound in my opinion

Another great one

Another fantastic album from the stereophonics....... Not my favourite by them and the guy at the bottom is completely wrong....... This is not a comeback at all it is a complete change sound....... However jeep and yggttcp are two also extraordinary albums, saying that if you want the stereophonics best albums get word gets around and performance and coctails!!! Still LSVO is still a terrific album...... Favourite song: Rewind

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Cwmaman, South Wales

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A bright new noise in U.K. alternative rock in the '90s and into the new millennium, Stereophonics were comprised of vocalist/guitarist Kelly Jones, bassist Richard Jones, guitarist Adam Zindani, and drummer Jamie Morrison. They were formed in Cwmaman, South Wales, originally as the teenage cover band Tragic Love Company and with the late Stuart Cable on drums. Early reviews cited the Manic...
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