Stereophonics – Graffiti On The Train – (2013) – Album Review

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I originally planned on doing a full review of this album to be release on the day of it’s release, coinciding with one of their gigs I was to attend and would have also reviewed. However due to unforeseen circumstances within my family my plans were completely altered and I haven’t been able to write a full review. So I apologise for that but will still write a quick review for all those of you who still need persuading on whether to buy this album or not. This has been the same for a number of albums that have come out recently but I will do my best to write a quick review for each a.s.a.p. The albums in question being Biffy Clyro’s & Clutch’s.

 Thank you for reading.

 Review

Stereophonics’ latest release is a beautiful example of why they are one of the most popular bands around. Whether you love them or hate them there is no denying they can write some pretty emotional songs. Some young adults would consider the Stereophonics the soundtrack to their life and this album is a fine milestone from when a teen grows up into an adult and leaves behind the hard thrashing and whiskey vocals for a much smoother life. Opener ‘We Share The Same Sun’ has a chorus with simple lyrics yet holds something incredibly passionate to it. In fact this whole album seems to be filled with dramatic and passionate movements; the title track and single ‘Indian Summer’ that follow share these similarities whilst still retaining a life and meaning of their own. The inclusion of strings that back some of the passages fills out the songs nicely and adds an added element of emotion. ‘Been Caught Cheating’ is a song that many blues musicians and lovers will admire, a simple enough chord progression but one that’s packed with so much soul it’s almost unbearable. The emotion is increased upon realisation the track was written for the late Amy Winehouse. Catacomb draws from the heavier side of the Stereophonics whilst Roll The Dice seems like a track from Just Enough Education To Perform. The evolution of the band is ever present however and the more electronic In A Moment’ emanates a nostalgic quality and builds eloquently into a moving chorus and a momentous guitar solo.

Some fans may not like this album but after a few listens some will connect with these songs in an almost unique way. It’s not an album for everyone. and it is by no means innovative or utterly impressive musically, but for those who need a soundtrack through hard times or merely need to relax, these forty three minutes are one of the best ways of doing that. Being fully immersed in this album is the best way to understand it’s beauty, but of course even some of the most open minded won’t see it in the same light.

4/5 stars

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