Release Date: Nov 3, 2017
Record label: Parlophone / Warner Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Six of the Stereophonics' reassuringly consistent nine albums have topped the UK chart, so as they hit double figures it's easy to take the band for granted. It's easy too to forget that Kelly Jones's strangely affecting rasp combines swagger and the pathos of struggling everyday folk. Always rueful, sometimes self-lacerating but never treading water, Scream Above The Sounds should dispel a few Stereophonics misconceptions.
Believe it or not, there was a time when the Stereophonics were an incredibly affecting band. Their debut album, and especially the song 'Local Boy In The Photograph', was a raw and beautiful tribute to lost youth. And then that song became personified in the loss of their comrade in arms, former drummer Stuart Cable, who died in 2010. Cable had become the boy in the photograph.