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Album Review

Ten years in, Stereophonics sound appropriately settled on their sixth album, 2007's Pull the Pin. Then again, Stereophonics were never the liveliest of rock bands even in their youth. They beat out the likes of Travis to be perhaps the stodgiest of all the post-Oasis bands, aspiring to nothing more than being a solid stadium rock band, borrowing some of the sweeping sonics of U2 but relying more on the revivalism of Oasis with a slight hint of the epic scale of fellow Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers. Stereophonics soldiered through album after album, aided considerably on their march to popularity by the cinema star good looks of guitarist/vocalist/all-around nice guy Kelly Jones, who was undeniably attractive in photos. Nowhere is that soft center in sharper relief than on Pull the Pin, which sounds bigger and slicker than anything they've ever done — a large-scale album suited for their large popularity in the U.K. — but Jones seems to be carried along by the sound instead of driving it. It's not as much that he's overwhelmed as he is...settled. Stereophonics have achieved the maturity they've aspired to all these many years, easily emulating Oasis on "Bank Holiday Monday" while they wash out Nirvana and mellow out the Manics elsewhere, turning out music that's louder than Coldplay (or even Travis' 2007 album) but feels less rock & roll, as everything here is immaculately manicured and mastered; it's a stadium rock album in form, but not in sound. A digital version was also released.]

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i-tunes and american music promotion baffles me.....

So the of the BEST true rock and roll bands around anymore released their 6th studio album "Pull The Pin" in October of 2007.....but America would never know it because the day of it's international release, i-tunes, declines availability for it's US fans/customers.....America proceeds to WAIT almost a YEAR before officially releasing "Pull the Pin"...Now, the Stereophonics are on an American tour right now in support of"NEW (year old) album".....It's gotta be a wonder if they're not bored outta their skulls in support of this cd still after DOMINATING Europe and remaining one of the top acts internationally to this day! It just baffles me that American radio, i-tunes and the music industry in general doesn't push a REALLY GOOD BAND like Phonics....They're HUGE all over the world...except America.....Stupid!

Not Bad

If you're at all familiar with the previous Stereophonics albums, you'll know after a few spins that Pull the Pin isn't the best thing they've put out, but it isn't bad by any means. It's just one of those albums that you play all the through four or five times, and then just pick out the tracks you enjoy. That's all there is to it. If this is the first time you're ever heard of Stereophonics, I recommend backtracking your way through the band's discography, album by album, starting with 2005's " Language. Sex. Violence. Other?" and ending with their 1997 debut album "Word Gets Around", then return to this album. In my opinion, it's the best way to enjoy all the awesome music Stereophonics has put out over the years. If you don't plan on purchasing the complete album and only pick out one track, I urge you to download Ladyluck. It's brilliantly simple piece of heartfelt music, and it is most definitely the hidden jem of this record. One of the best non-single tracks Stereophonics has ever written.

The best band nobody in the US knows

Saw them in Philly again, and quite simply they are an AMAZING live band. It is a shame radio has not embraced them over here, but then again the US is not huge into original artists, songs, etc. - only fabricated, reality television pop-crap. Rumors have circled that they be coming with Oasis on an 18-month world tour. That would be the best show EVER! Kelly, please don't stop writing great tunes and definitely do not stop coming to the US - we LOVE you!


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 Street Preachers as their most obvious influence, and their initial batch of singles struggled to disabuse...
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