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Stereophonics

Formed 1996.
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Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band that formed in 1992 in the village of Cwmaman in Cynon Valley, Wales. The band currently comprises Kelly Jones (lead vocals and guitar), Richard Jones (bass guitar and backing vocals), Adam Zindani (guitar and backing vocals), Jamie Morrison (drums) and touring member Tony Kirkham (keyboards). The group originally included Stuart Cable (1992–2003) and Javier Weyler (2004–2012) on drums. Stereophonics have released eight studio albums, including five consecutive UK number one albums, their latest album being 2013's Graffiti on the Train. A successful compilation album, Decade in the Sun, was released in November 2008 and charted at number two in the United Kingdom.

Described as "classic UK rock delivered with whiskey vocals," the band have been summarised as possessing a sound akin to the genres of alternative rock and "British traditional rock." Stereophonics' debut album, Word Gets Around, was released in August 1997 and charted at number six in the UK, aided by the singles "Local Boy in the Photograph", "More Life in a Tramps Vest" and "A Thousand Trees". The band reached mainstream success with the release of Performance and Cocktails (and its promotional singles "The Bartender and the Thief", "Just Looking" and "Pick a Part That's New") in 1999 and have achieved a total of ten top-ten singles as well as one number one: 2005's "Dakota". Having sold around 9 million copies worldwide, Stereophonics are one of the most successful Welsh rock acts. Upon their release of Pull the Pin, they became the eighth group to achieve five consecutive UK number one albums (after The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Genesis, Oasis, Blur and U2).

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Graffiti on the Train

    Graffiti on the Train 2013

    Reviewed by Matthew Horton
    A relaxed eighth album from Kelly Jones and company.
  2. Review of Keep Calm and Carry On

    Keep Calm and Carry On 2009

    Reviewed by Will Dean
    Enough to sustain any fan’s biennial fix of Cwmaman rock.
  3. Review of Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics

    Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics 2008

    Reviewed by Sophie Bruce
    This is a fantastic selection.
  4. Review of Pull The Pin

    Pull The Pin 2007

    Reviewed by Sonja D'Cruze
    No real depth, imagination or anything to connect with.
  5. Review of Language. Sex. Violence. Other?

    Language. Sex. Violence. Other? 2005

    Reviewed by Niky Daley
    Renewed energy and positive affirmation run throughout 'Language. Sex. Violence. Other?'
  6. Review of You Gotta Go There To Come Back

    You Gotta Go There To Come Back 2003

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    Against the odds, You Gotta Go There To Come Back is a record that goes somewhere to...
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