Wayne Rooney will be pleased - Stereophonics are back! The band are just one away from a dozen studio LPs now, though despite laying down all that material over the years they really haven’t changed their sound much (obviously - it’s Stereophonics we’re dealing with here). Kind features songs called things like ‘Hungover For You’ and ‘Bust This Town’ so we’re going to assume it’s business as usual for everyone’s favourite Welsh stadium-rockers.

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Kind by Stereophonics
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8/10 Tommy H 23 October 2019

The eleventh album by Welsh rockers Stereophonics, 'Kind' at times weeps with the sounds of their youth; the album opener grins with the guitar laden rock of their 1997 debut 'Word Gets Around' but lacks any real shift or punch. Which I have to say I'm fine with as the tracks that follow are simplistic yet raw. With this comes a lyrically retrospection; Kelly Jones was done after their world tour September last year and had no new material. But within just two months, 10 songs of wistful impotence, like Jones literally poured heart to paper with no crossings out.

It's hard to believe how long they've been around, they are at the midpoint in their career and it seems this record is a pause, drawing melodies from the abstract intimacy of the Welsh valleys of days gone by. The subtle poignancy of 'Hungover For You' and the beautiful guitar work on 'Street Of Orange Light' create a massive sense of vulnerability to openness and honesty. 

The album was recorded close to the small Wiltshire market town Marlborough, relatively near where I recently lived, and at times it feels like they are drawing from the rural energy of its picturesque, pastoral beauty, accompanying it with their own personal upbringing, creating a very pleasing on the ear record. 'Kind' seems to flicker between heavy interludes into something more upbeat and poppy, between the primary feel of the record, and an almost unnerving weight from knocking out some relatively speaking, heavy songs.

I saw them at Rock Werchter Festival last year but this new sound exudes close-knit and warm concert halls instead.




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