Independent outlook /// Stereophonics ‘Graffiti On The Train’ [Album] 2013

STEREOPHONICSOver the course of their long career Stereophonics have already become the symbol of UK, and particularly Welsh, music scene. Nevertheless the band never get old, out of place or boring. It seems that these Welsh lads are simply unable of making dull music and that’s why their records stand the test of time: people’s reaction to already classical ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, ‘Have A Nice Day’ or ‘Dakota’ is highly enthusiastic even many years after their release. Stereophonics’ eighth album ‘Graffiti On The Train’ (released on 4th March) flawlessly continues the line of terrific music penned by the band.

‘Graffiti On The Train’ takes Stereophonics to the next level, showing the capability of the band to expand their familiar music territories in a very elegant and skillful manner. On the record the band introduce great diversity of sound without sounding dissonant or confusing: they embrace various shades of rock and moods which all complement each other. ‘Graffiti On The Train’ is not simply a music album, but a set of stories from romantic Kelly Jones, whose narrations come from everyday life, but are crafted in the most poetic manner with feelings, drama Graffiti On The Train Artworkand deep emotions just enough to pierce your hearts and souls. It’s absolutely not a coincidence that the band have chosen a part from the work by artist Stephen Goddard to use for the album art of ‘Graffiti On The Train’: images, presented by Stereophonics in the songs are so vivid and striking that while listening you can see the stories unfold right in front of you in your head.

Sun and light come straight from upbeat ‘We Share The Same Sun’ filled with confident guitars and clear cymbals almost spilling the light right from your loudspeakers and ‘Indian Summer’ – crisp and warm with a touch of freshness and acoustic guitars leading the way. On the other side of sunlight there stands the drama of ‘Graffiti On The Train’ touching at the hearts and emphasised by the sound of no less dramatic, weeping violins – the story that simply can’t leave anyone unmoved. Gloomy, dark character of the album comes up with ‘In A Moment’ and ‘Violins And Tambourines’ surrounded by thoughtful, crepuscular air. Vulnerable, stripped back ‘Been Caught Cheating’ and ‘No-One’s Perfect’ take listeners to bluesy, delicate side of Stereophonics and ‘Catacomb’ and ‘Roll The Dice’  boast a level of noise made in a very sinister, confident and steely manner that they sound like a challenge to almost everything on Earth. And, of course, Stereophonics wouldn’t be themselves without sensually electrified tracks and on ‘Graffiti On The Train’ it’s ‘Take Me’ – the song pierced by high voltage, electric intensity and dark sexuality that Stereophonics deliver in a perfect manner.

To colour ‘Graffiti On The Train’ in various shades, Stereophonics introduce orchestral elements for a more dramatic effect as the violins and piano pairing up with guitars, bass and drums create a very atmospheric background that leans either to more dramatic, tragic, or romantic, lyrical sides. ‘Graffiti On The Train’ is a poetic and vivid record with chords, beats and harmonies interlacing into colourful sound to intoxicate you, get into your veins and show you the real art of rock music.

With ‘Graffiti On The Train’ Stereophonics continue treating music lovers to their exquisitely crafted alternative rock and demonstrate with their own example how to stay afloat and highly successful in the music world for over 20 years.

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