Stereophonics ‎– Kind

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I Just Wanted The Goods
Fly Like An Eagle
Make Friends In The Morning
Stitches
Hungover For You
Bust This Town
This Life Ain't Easy (But It's The One That We All Got)
Street Of Orange Light
Don't Let The Devil Take Another Day
Restless Mind

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0190295385538 Stereophonics Kind(LP, Album, Pin) Parlophone 0190295385538 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0190295379117 Stereophonics Kind(CD, Album) Parlophone 0190295379117 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0190295379100 Stereophonics Kind(CD, Dlx) Parlophone 0190295379100 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
ST/11, 0190295385538 Stereophonics Kind(LP, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone ST/11, 0190295385538 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0190295385538 Stereophonics Kind(LP, Album, Gat) Parlophone 0190295385538 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0190295379070 Stereophonics Kind(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Parlophone 0190295379070 UK 2019 Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

November 8, 2019
referencing Kind, LP, Album, Pin, 0190295385538

There are many who will like this album, though don’t count me as one of the chosen. Kind is a rather confusing and disjointed effort by the Stereophonics. Call the band 70’s throwbacks or survivors of the last Britpop wave, they are very much neither.

Other reviewers have called this collection raw and honest, which to my way of thinking means it’s rudimentary unpolished and unfinished, not as an achieved aspect or point of view, but rather because that’s all the outfit were capable of … then decided that since they were depriving themselves of studio techniques and effects, overdubs or other technology that was so deeply rooted in past efforts, which again only made them sound dishonest, have here decided to define this outing as stripped back, real and genuine; dare I say, back to basics, except that the Stereophonics never possessed those basics.

Still others maintain that Kind is some of the best work by Kelly Jones, displaying a vocal sense of vulnerability, yet in reality, all of the songs sound as if you’re hearing them from passing cars locked in traffic. Not a single song sounds fleshed out for full effect, with all of the numbers, even those featuring guest artists, sounding like sketches, lacking depth challenges or understanding. Then there are those who simply had me spinning in circles, claiming that this record occupies several musical dimensions, both sonically and lyrically, though this listener found the album to be very one dimensional and very much out of step and out of time. That said, the most astounding comment came from Susan Hansen of Clash Music, who went on to say that the music comes from a place of genuine wisdom, then goes an impossible step further, implying that the song “Restless Mind” represents the perfect end to an irresistible journey, fully immersed and blessed with Dylan influences, filled with optimism and hope for the challenging times in which we live … please forgive me for paraphrasing.

Alright, I hear what you’re saying, though even frontman Kelly Jones admitted that he’d nothing left in his songwriting tank (his exact words) and almost quite the band, then second thoughts brought him back, but only for the money and not the music as the band moves into its third decade. It’s a tough album to make friends with, deeply embedded with American gospel, while totally devoid of any stadium anthems, leaving what’s delivered to come off as unassuming sparse and woven together with Jones attempting to come off as some life weary elusive protagonist with a weathered sandpaper voice.

If anything, Kind was conceptualized and designed to be a very safe album, resting in a colorless universe and feeling very unnecessary.

Review by Jenell Kesler