5:37 PM 3rd November 2019
Stereophonics - Kind (Parlophone)
If you were expecting the new Stereophonics album (their 11th) to be full of punchy rock tracks like Dakota and the Bartender
and the Thief
then you will not find much like this on their new album.
The only faster track on the album is the opening track, I Just Want The Goods
, the rest are slower and more honest and revealing tracks. For frontman Kelly Jones the lyrics on most of the songs seem to be very personal; in fact the painting of a tree on the album cover is by his eldest daughter.
Standout tracks are Make Friends With the Morning
which appears to be about the busy start to the day. The song will sound good at the end of their live set.
Hungover For You
is another honest and raw track which is about a relationship that is going nowhere and it could also refer to the relationship with alcohol.
Bust This Town
is classic Stereophonics - a jaunty melody that shows that Jones has not lost his touch in writing a great track.
The album has been produced by George Drakoulias who has worked with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Primal Scream, which has given the album a raw sound to match the lyrics; the album does not sound overproduced.
It's an album that will not disappoint their huge fan base.
I rate the album 3 out of 5.