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  • Summary: The UK rockers' fifth album is the first to feature new drummer Javier Weyler.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. A darkly, slathering record of frustration and disillusionment, “Language. Sex. Violence. Other?" may, in time, even come to be seen as one of the true masterpieces of the noughties guitar revival.
  2. The punk-inspired spark that made their 1997 debut, Word Gets Around, so impressive is rekindled.
  3. An excellent modern rock record. Dense, intelligent, user-unfriendly and challenging. [12 Mar 2005, p.57]
  4. In some ways is a step backwards towards their rockist, meat-and-potatoes roots, and in other ways is a quantum leap into the unknown.
  5. 50
    A masterclass in menace. [Apr 2005, p.97]
  6. Jones still croaks out songs with that wretched voice of his, an amalgam of nicotine, alcohol and AOR. The guitars still churn out feeble riffs more appropriate for a Hot Wheels commercial than a grown-up's rock album, and even when they're on to something it feels like they're only fumbling with a good idea.
  7. The ham-fisted attempt to modernise Stereophonics' sound... falls flat at every attempt as samples, effects and the odd electronic buzz avoid the underlying mulch like gas-gun fired dried peas off titanium.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. LouiseL
    Apr 5, 2005
    Absolutely fantastic, best album ever!
  2. RossJ
    Apr 11, 2005
    Absolutely fucking amzing. Love It.
  3. Tanya
    Apr 23, 2005
    Amazing. Different from previous albums, but it makes this one great.They've shown that they are still in form. This is the great comeback.There is something that makes you want to listen to this album all the time, again and again... Brilliant lyrics and Kelly Jones's voice wonderful as always. I just love it! Expand
  4. lordlord
    Mar 31, 2005
    A dramatic departure from last rather dense and often dull album, fresh, invigorating and great for playing loud. Superman for example is heavy, simple and about very little but it SOUNDS brilliant. And clearly with a single like Dakota going in at no.1 in the charts, this album is only really lacking in filler. Expand
  5. ScottA
    Jul 19, 2006
    I've never liked the Stereophonics that much until this one arrived last year, with most of their past singles theyve always seemed to churn out radio friendly material which eventually got overplayed to hell here in the uk. Hardly the british equivalent of truly dull bands such as the Creed (no matter what anyone says, since the Stereophonics can actually write.!). and although they've never been truly dull, some of their work hasnt always inspired.. This album is different. Although not exactly a Marilyn Manson style shout-fest (although edgier tracks such as Deadhead come close) this LP is easily the hardest and most interesting they've ever released. If youve never liked the Stereophonics and/or have lent towards much more rockier material, give this album a go- you might just be surprised. Expand
  6. MarcD.
    Apr 16, 2005
    You'll sing out loud to this big, dark, crazy rock fest. Its hauntingly beautiful and seems to blast through in a myriad of colours.
  7. JMan
    May 3, 2005
    the stereophonics are the british crap equivalent to american crap-rock bands like Creed. This album sucks pretty hard, which of course means its chart-topping stuff. I hope they like their paychecks. Expand

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