Stereophonics’ Kind - What You Need To Know
27 years into their career, Stereophonics show no signs of slowing down and return today with their 11th studio album Kind. Here is everything you need to know about it...
A little background…
After a four-year gap between their 2009 LP Keep Calm and Carry On and 2013’s Graffiti On The Train, the Welsh rockers have hit a rich vein of productivity, with a new album arriving every two years, packed inbetween worlds tours and celebrations of their earlier work.
That fierce work ethic has continued into the making of this new album, which was recorded over an 11-day period between at the end of June and start of July this summer. Normally at this stage of a band’s career, they’re experimenting with mystical sounds or recording when they feel like. Not this band.
Who’s producing it?
Frontman Kelly Jones has worked with George Drakoulias, best known for his work with Tom Petty, The Black Crowes and The Jayhawks, on this record. Jones has talked up Drakoulias as someone who could keep the songs raw and clean, rather than embellishing with string sections and an array of bells and whistles.
Any special guests?
Nope. Just the four members and just 10 tracks this time.
What does it sound like?
The album finds Jones in a reflective mood. His love of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Neil Young is to the fore, with the songs stripped back to basics in terms of arrangement and production.
Does it deliver?
You can file this record next to Graffiti on the Train and large swathes of 2003’s Just Enough Education To Perform in the band’s discography. It’s wistful, swirling and easy on the ears.