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Stereophonics Decade in the Sun
Decade In The Sun - Stereophonics
Member Name: sparkles29
Decade In The Sun - Stereophonics
Date: 09/03/10, updated on 09/03/10 (475 review reads)
Advantages: Good value for money. Many of the bands 'big' tracks on one album.
Disadvantages: Doesn't really reflect the abilty and range of the band.
OK - I am a hardcore Stereophonics fan, I thought it was best to get that out of the way before I start with this. But this is a very honest review. So you may be a little surprised at what's to follow...
I've only just aquired this particular album. It was given to me as a gift. I wouldn't have bought it for myself. I have all the previous albums so I really don't see the point in spending money on the Greatest Hits too. However, that said, it is handy having all the hits on the same CD, particularly if you want to listen to them whilst driving...
Unfortunately, when it comes to the tracklisting, it could have been better for me personally - I do prefer a lot of the Stereophonics album tracks to the ones they released as singles. But it wouldn't be a Greatest Hits album if it didn't contain all their hits. And there comes a time in every band's life when they get inevitably get chivvied down this route by the record company, so I suppose ten years in (it's actually longer than ten years since they formed, but I think they are working back from the release of Dakota) is as good a time as any.
The first track on the album is, somewhat fittingly, Dakota, the bands first UK number one. The rest of the tracklisting is as follows: The Bartender and the Thief; Just Looking; Have a Nice Day; Local Boy in the Photograph; Maybe Tomorrow; Superman; Pick a Part That's New; My Own Worst Enemy; I Wouldn't Belive Your Radio; Your My Star; Mr Writer; Step on my Old Size Nines; Devil; It Means Nothing; A Thousand Trees; Vegas Two Times; Traffic; More Life in a Tramps Vest, and Handbags and Gladrags.
I would have really liked to have seen a couple of unplugged/ live versions on this album. Jones' voice is mindblowing (I've heard it from about four feet away and I still can't quite get my head around the fact that such a small bloke (5"6) can unleash such raw power in his vocal) and I would have gotten a lot more from this album had there been the opportunity to hear the band in a less 'produced' environment.
It's good value for money because of the number of tracks, but it's a very 'safe' bet. I think if somebody was listening to this as an introduction to the band then they wouldn't really get a true flavour of just what they can do. In my opinion, many of the group's better tracks are to be found on the 40-track delux version, which contains two discs.
So, my advice would be, fellas - buy that instead. Or, get yourself a copy of 'Language. Sex. Violence. Other?', and play it really, really loud. And, to the ladies - just get yoursef a copy of the DVD, which contains all of the band's music videos, best live performances and some extra footage, so you can see (as well as hear) the very lovely Mr Jones in glorious technicolour...best of both worlds if you ask me!
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Summary: Ths sun wasn't really shining that brightly for me!