Performance and Cocktails was the second album by Welsh indie-rockers Stereophonics. They really hit the big time with this one: in 1999 Britpop was pretty much forgotten but Stereophonics were getting stronger. Contains the hits Just Looking, Pick A Part That’s New and The Bartender And The Thief.
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4/10 Tom 25th May 2018
When the Stereophonics released their debut album Word Gets Around in 1997 they became a surprise success. Their tales of small-town life and no-messing meat-and-potato rock n' roll were well received and there was no denying that front-man Kelly Jones possessed a knack for observation and a voice like a young Rod Stewart.
Second album Performance and Cocktails saw the band trying to expand their horizons musically and lyrically and the effect wasn't nearly as charming. Although the album was a success and some of the singles were decent ("Just Looking", "Pick a Part That's New"), Jones' attention to detail and the charm was gone, replaced by cliche and empty sloganeering rather than real insight or intrigue.
The critical backlash to this album spurred Jones to write the less-than-subtle riposte "Mr Writer" but the critics found plenty of other issues with their subsequent albums.
8/10 Jack 10th December 2016
A follow up to the debut, Word Gets Around, Performance and Cocktails is a great album full of catchy guitar riffs, witty lyrics, brilliant drumming and superb vocals. Stereophonics second album sees them continuing with the theme of life in Cwmaman, their small hometown in Wales. Songs like "Roll Up And Shine" and "Just Looking" are catchy and full of electric guitars. Quieter, acoustic songs are more frequent on this album than the first, notable ones being "Hurry Up And Wait" and "I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio".
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