Language. Sex. Violence. Other?

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  • Summary: The UK rockers' fifth album is the first to feature new drummer Javier Weyler.

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Thinkin' 'bout thinkin' of you Summertime think it was June Yeah, I think it was June Layin' back head on the grass Chewing gum havin' some... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    An excellent modern rock record. Dense, intelligent, user-unfriendly and challenging. [12 Mar 2005, p.57]
  4. Uncut
    50
    A masterclass in menace. [Apr 2005, p.97]
  5. 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.
  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 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Tanya
    Apr 23, 2005
    10
    Amazing. Different from previous albums, but it makes this one great.They've shown that they are still in form. This is the great 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
  2. LouiseL
    Apr 5, 2005
    10
    Absolutely fantastic, best album ever!
  3. RossJ
    Apr 11, 2005
    10
    Absolutely fucking amzing. Love It.
  4. MarcD.
    Apr 16, 2005
    8
    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.
  5. Dec 10, 2016
    8
    This was the point that Stereophonics became a globally recognised band - and rightfully so. It perfectly demonstrates proper British Rock.This was the point that Stereophonics became a globally recognised band - and rightfully so. It perfectly demonstrates proper British Rock. Every single Phonics album has a few humdingers, but this seems to have the least. It's loud, proud, raw-yet-structured and shows just how stunning Kelly's distinct voice can be when used correctly. Like albums by other modern-day Brit-rock icons (Oasis, Manic Street Preachers, Arctic Monkeys) it may not be perfect, but that's what makes it quintessentially British.
    This was the album that assured their legacy.
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  6. 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. Expand
  7. JMan
    May 3, 2005
    2
    the stereophonics are the british crap equivalent to american crap-rock bands like Creed. This album sucks pretty hard, which of course means 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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