The First Time Around, The Best Time Around, Word Gets Aroun
Jacob Cowell | Waterloo, IA USA | 09/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Simply put the first time around for The Stereophonics was definately the best in their case. If you've read any of my other reviews, you'd know that I discovered these guys from the track Maybe Tomorrow, off Wicker Park. That made me buy the fourth album, "You Got to Go there to Come Back". I loved that album so I went out and bought their fifth and newest album at the time,"Language,Sex,Violence,Other". Loved that one too so I picked up "Live at Dakota". Loved it, especially some of the old songs that I had never heard before, especially A Thousand Trees and Too Many Sandwiches. This prompted me to get the album that those tracks were from, "Word Gets Around". All in all, this album is one that can be listened to and enjoyed in its entirety. All of the tracks, except for maybe More Life in a Tramps Vest are awesome. Including the great tracks mentioned before from "Live at Dakota", other stellar cuts include Local Boy in a Photograph,Check my Eyelids for Holes, and Goldfish Bowl. A tremendous performance both musically, and especially in Kelly's vocals, are heard on the beautiful Traffic. The best is saved for last with the title track. For such a sad song, it is the perfect ending for a nearly flawless album. Buy it."
Best UK album since The Bends and Morning Glory, criminally
Josh L. Patrick-Riley | Seattle, WA USA | 10/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While lately there hasn't been much competition in the stagnant music industry to create something good, this cd is better than anything Oasis has put out since Morning Glory, and infinitely more fun and poetic than anything Radiohead has put out since The Bends. When I was listening to "Too Many Sandwiches" at one point recently, I realized this band is not just a "poor man's Oasis", but may be better than a lot of Oasis altogether. Certainly the lyrics here are better than anything Noel Gallagher could write in a thousand years, and there's true rock n roll power to go with it. This is the kind of rock music I love, and while their later albums may not come close to the glories of "Local Boy In The Photograph" or "Same Size Feet", this is one of the best debuts around.
There's a joy and working class pride that's hard to find in bands these days, and that makes me love them all the more. If you like The Who you must own this, period."