Just Enough Education to Perform
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
third album, Welsh band Stereophonics have finally come into their
own. With Just Enough Education to Perform, the trio has
released a truly mature disc - one that will inevitably propel
them to the forefront of the minds of those who had previously
much of their brit-rock edge for a more Americana / alt-country
style, JEEP proves that Kelly Jones and co. are delightfully
at home, even if they appear a bit out of place given previous
efforts. While the album opener "Vegas Two Times" is
a splendidly rocking track which could easily pass for a Black
Crowes early B-Side, the album slows down and becomes much more
introspective from there on out.
tracks like the single "Have a Nice Day," "Step
on My Old Size Nines," and "Lying in the Sun,"
interact pefectly with Jones' intelligent lyrics and rough, early
Rod Stewart, vocals. And it is in these songs that the band truly
do manage to stumble here and there, most notably in the lead
single "Mr. Writer." A bash at music journalists who
have wronged him in the past, Jones lyrics are clumsy at times
and tends to feel a bit whiny.
Even the low
points, however, are above average - only low in relation to the
rest of the album. In truth, Stereophonics' time has only just
begun. Forget Perfomance and Cocktails and Word Gets
Around, Just Enough Education to Perform shows that Stereophonics
have learned all the lessons they need.
liked Just Enough Education to Perform...
Vegas Two Times
2. Lying in the Sun
3. Mr. Writer
4. Step On My Old Size Nines
5. Have a Nice Day
6. Nice To Be Out
7. Watch Them Fly Sundays
8. Everyday I Think of Money