Stereophonics ‎– Pull The Pin

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Soldiers Make Good Targets 4:37
Pass The Buck 3:24
It Means Nothing 3:48
Bank Holiday Monday 3:14
Daisy Lane 3:38
Stone 4:17
My Friends 3:35
I Could Lose Ya 3:17
Bright Red Star 3:39
Ladyluck 3:45
Crush 3:56
Drowning 5:08

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VVR1048562 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album) V2 VVR1048562 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
none Stereophonics Pull The Pin - Mastering non-terminé(CDr, Album, Promo, Non) V2 none France 2007 Sell This Version
VVR1048562 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album) V2 VVR1048562 Asia 2007 Sell This Version
060251753043 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album) V2 060251753043 Indonesia 2007 Sell This Version
060251730386 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album) V2 060251730386 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
VVR1048562 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album) V2 VVR1048562 Argentina 2007 Sell This Version
VVR1048562 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album) V2 VVR1048562 Australia & New Zealand 2007 Sell This Version
0251753039 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album) V2 0251753039 Canada 2007 Sell This Version
460502601639 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album) V2 460502601639 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
VVR1048562 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album) V2 VVR1048562 Ukraine 2007 Sell This Version
V2CP341 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album, Ltd, Jew) V2 V2CP341 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
VVR1048562P Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album, Promo) V2 VVR1048562P UK 2007 Sell This Version
VVR1048561 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(LP, Album, Gat) V2 Records VVR1048561 UK 2007 Sell This Version
VOXPOP6194 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album + DVD-V, NTSC, Ltd) V2 Records VOXPOP6194 US 2008 Sell This Version
602517636194 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album + DVD-V, NTSC, Ltd) V2 602517636194 Singapore 2008 Sell This Version
0602517636194 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album, Dlx + DVD-V, Ltd, PAL) V2 0602517636194 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
0602517530386 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album, Unofficial) V2 (2) 0602517530386 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
0602517530386 Stereophonics Pull The Pin(CD, Album, Unofficial) V2 (2) 0602517530386 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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December 29, 2016
referencing Pull The Pin, CD, Album, VVR1048562
Some glossy lips, a grenade's pin and a tasteless font combine to form one of the all-time worst album covers. The inside sleeve boasts photographs of the band looking a bit 'cheeky', including Kelly Jones dressed in leather jacket and sunglasses. The opening two tracks are slightly bluesy rockers, only highly polished: they sound a bit like outtakes from the band's previous record. The signs aren't good, really. Another mediocre Stereophonics record here we come.

Despite the album's in-your-face opening pieces (albeit ones that closer approximate that local band you heard in the pub in town last week, rather than the influences Jones was trying to channel), the bulk of Pull the Pin is actually more gentle and melodic. 'It Means Nothing' is almost a very lovely song, were it not for the tedium of Jones's uninspired, repetitive vocal melody - the kind that's haunted the band for years at this point. Nevertheless, it boasts a kind of heart-on-sleeve tenderness hinted at on the previous album's highlights 'Rewind' and 'Lolita'. The run of songs from 'Daisy Lane' to 'Ladyluck' continue in a similar vein: these are no classics, but highlight a tenderness unheard in Jones's songwriting for quite some time. If these songs were more memorable, with clearer melodies, they'd be seriously considered a return to the sound of the band's first two records. As it is they're still exceptionally listenable, especially in comparison to the cruder feel of the occasional rockers that punctuate ('Bank Holiday Monday', 'Crush').

Pull the Pin is a frustrating album, in a similar way to Language. Sex. Violence. Other? was. Whilst that album reunited Stereophonics with the energy of their earlier recordings, this one brings back the more melodic, emotional edge. It's a more even album than its predecessor, although it doesn't contain anything as strong as 'Dakota' or 'Rewind'. Although this album may have slipped under the commercial radar - particularly by the band's standards - it continued to be a tease to fans of the earlier material. With slightly more subtle songwriting than before, it's certainly worth a few plays.