Multi-platinum selling rockers Stereophonics have had it all, recently playing sell-out arena shows to over 150,000 fans on their Graffiti On The Train tour and became the eighth group to have five consecutive number one albums in the UK; not to mention a handful of top 10 UK singles, including the memorable Dakota. Now the group are back with their ninth studio album Keep The Village Alive, with the songs all written and co-produced by lead singer Kelly Jones, so where have the group gone with their sound this time around?
Beginning with lead single C’est La Vie, it’s clear that Stereophonics haven’t lost their energy, what better way to kick off the album than with one of its catchiest offerings? One thing you appreciate about this group is their almost complete shun of the modern mainstream sound, tracks like Sing Little Sister and current single I Wanna Get Lost With You sound like they could have been written in the 90s. Fight Or Flight almost haunts you with its eerie falsetto wails, the dramatic moments on this album are to die for; don’t forget the smoothed out moments, like in My Hero with its nice and sweet lyrics. The album gets simplistic yet poetic with Into The World, its these intimate moments that really makes this album a more incredible listen, and it goes out with a bang with Mr and Mrs Smith.
There is definitely no need to question why Stereophonics have been selected as one of our Featured Artists, especially backed up by a release of Keep The Village Alive‘s calibre. The group continue to stay true to their sound, you’ll find some catchy numbers on this record but nothing typical to what hits the top of the charts, and that’s what makes it a good listen. Got nothing to do? Try sitting back and relaxing to Keep The Village Alive, Stereophonics have still got it nine studio albums in and you won’t be disappointed.