• Record Label: V2
  • Release Date: Mar 29, 2005
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. The punk-inspired spark that made their 1997 debut, Word Gets Around, so impressive is rekindled.
  2. For all of his wild swinging, Jones never fully connects. [May 2005, p.136]
  3. 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.
  4. Stereophonics have in effect 'done a U2', packing in the arena-filling songs but with added AOR. Elements of rock dinosaurs such as ELO, Chicago and Fleetwood Mac all crop up over the course of 11 songs.
  5. 60
    Fierce, minimalistic but defiantly pop-sensible hard rock. [Apr 2005, p.88]
  6. An excellent modern rock record. Dense, intelligent, user-unfriendly and challenging. [12 Mar 2005, p.57]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. This album will not bear up to being played too often.
  10. Stereophonics have never sounded so brooding, mysterious and -- dammit -- sexy. [Apr 2005, p.122]
  11. They sound like a marginally smarter American modern-rock act, screaming their pain over raw-boned riffs that could sure use some technicolor pizazz.
  12. 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.
  13. The music may seem invigorated and fresh, but lyrically, the usual ingredients are all present, correct and indigestible as ever.
  14. 50
    A masterclass in menace. [Apr 2005, p.97]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. May 25, 2012
    7
    Stereophonics are one of those bands who over the years have garnered a reputation for being boring. After showing early promise in theirStereophonics are one of those bands who over the years have garnered a reputation for being boring. After showing early promise in their career, they've slid off the credibility scale a bit now. So when Dakota came out it was a bit of surprise to hear such a vibrant track from them. It's one of their finest moments and it gave their flagging career and 2nd wind. Dakota is undoubtedly the high point of the record but there is more to the record than that song. Overall its a consistently strong album with predominantly rocky numbers carrying you through the record. Their best since Performance and **** and this record will make sure that people will keep interested in future Stereophonics releases just in case there is another Dakota in them. Full Review »
  2. ScottA
    Jul 19, 2006
    8
    I've never liked the Stereophonics that much until this one arrived last year, with most of their past singles theyve always seemed to 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. Full Review »
  3. musicfan
    May 17, 2005
    6
    An overall improvement on their last effort with more energy and the odd great track. However lyrically terrible