Stereophonics - Keep Calm and Carry On (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Stereophonics - Keep Calm and Carry On

(Mercury)

Kelly Jones’ predilection for all things both ‘classic’ and ‘rock’ has meant that, despite emerging in the early 90s, Stereophonics have never sounded particularly tied to any one era. This album, their seventh, is a more stripped back affair, tapping into Jones’ skill for a swooning melody instead of rock brute force.

He’s always been a bit of a clunker lyrically, but divines out some sweet narratives, the kind of thing that endeared us to him way back at the band’s debut. For a band that were written off as being a musical cul-de-sac from the get-go, Jones has always confounded critics with his own twist on the well-worn formula, and this is no different.

Stereophonics

Croaky Kelly and chums return in support of their latest album Keep the Village Alive.

Caird Hall, Dundee

Tue 22 Aug

£38.50 / 01382 434940

Spa Bridlington

Wed 23 Aug

£38.50 / 01262 678258

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