Stereophonics - Keep Calm and Carry On
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.