Sound — 8
Stereophonics are a renowned alternative rock band, who for the past 16 years have been wowing the ears of the world with their dominative musical style proudly featuring some bold elements of hard rock and Britpop. Since they first emerged from the oceanfront of Wales, UK in 1992, Stereophonics topped the radio charts with such pulsating singles as "Dakota" and "Pick A Part That's New", and soon after began to headline various prestigious music festivals across the globe. And now, seeking to boldly announce their return to the music world with their first new studio material in four years, this prestigious rock group have just released their 8th album, "Graffiti On The Train". Despite this being the band's first work in nearly half a decade, Stereophonics are proving not only can they still draw up that same chemistry which helped produce powerful rock tunes in the past, but also bring something new to the table that actually propels the band in a positive direction. We take a bold first look into the new record with "In A Moment", which showcases an electrifying percussion filled intro, just before lead singer Kelly Jones drops some classic sounding vocal lines and is then kicked into full gear with roaring distorted guitar chords. Almost immediately, "Graffiti On The Train" is proving to be an incredibly impressive return-to-form for this UK rock band, that holds very few weaknesses I can logically continue to persist upon.
Lyrics — 9
Just like arguably every album that Stereophonics has released throughout their musical career to date, lead vocalist Kelly Jones has been a consistent force that you could rely on to help give each track flavour and character, and sometimes even hold a song together at the seams. When it comes to "Graffiti On The Train", it's no different. He can add almost on cue powerful amounts of emotion to his singing, when backed behind the rocketing synthesizer work and guitar playing sounds similar to that of David Bowie. Once again, Kelly gives a passionate performance throughout this new album, and the fact that his singing on this record is not only passionate but near perfectionistic helps tie "Graffiti On The Train" even tighter together and adds towards an even more enjoyable listening experience.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, "Graffiti On The Train" is a dynamic return-to-form album for Stereophonics, considering it's the band's first in four years. Time doesn't even seem to be a factor for this band; if anything, this time spent away from the studio has only strengthened the internal workings of this band, and with this new record each member of this astound rock band gives their absolute all from start to finish, so the end result is enjoyably fantastic. Any established Stereophonics fan should definitely go out and grab this new release, and any alternative rock diehard listener in general should find this to be a worthy addition to their personal music collection.