Live From Dakota review by Stereophonics

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  • Released: Apr 18, 2006
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.7 (7 votes)
Stereophonics: Live From Dakota
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Sound — 9
The thing about fantastic bands, is that you know that their live perfomances will be something new and distinct from their studio performances; it's this surprise that makes the band exciting and fresh. With this album, you realise that the Stereophonics are one of these bands. After the band open with an AC/DC inspired 'Superman' off their latest (and most rock orientated) album, you understood from that moment where the gig was directed. When you hear Kelly Jones does not sing the falsetto chorus in a higher voice but rather in his normal, gruff voice it confirms the fact this will be a raucous and exciting rock concert. This immediately is topped by 'Doorman' which is another high energy song which gets the flow going. However, the album is an album of change they do not play the same songs but rather rotate the material of all their albums. Using a Fender Jaguar for his opening tracks delivers a punchy and buzzing glow changing then to a Les Paul (I think) and then finally to the finale, his SG, which thrashes out the outro 'Dakota' in harmony to Jones' wailing voice.

Lyrics — 10
Kelly Jones has continually shown the music industry his talent for lyrics. He innovates meaningful lyrics to a stage where they actually have a history. To see this, listen to their first album 'Word Gets Around' and thankfully, they include many of their debut songs in the live album, along with some of their newest tracks such as 'Jayne' which features on Kelly Jones' newest project album.

Overall Impression — 10
The most impressive songs are the introductory and ending songs purely because they are pivotal to the gig. Listening to the bridge vocals (and in many ways the guitar's role) in Dakota is fantastic, and listening to the brilliance of Superman. One of the major disadvantages (or advantages to some) is the lack of participation to the crowd of Kelly Jones. He only makes slight gestures or comments to the crowds and only really talks before their final track. But it's understandable, especially if you watch any on the DVD Kelly Jones' sings into the mic like Liam Gallagher, he dresses like rock star sunglasses and all and chooses to do the majority of the guitar work. I suppose waffling isn't in the makeup of an international rock star. It's a must have for Phonics fans and for anybody even remotely interested in live gigs.

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    Shmiff
    What I love about this album is the fact that it's played as a three piece band, with some help from tony on the keyboard, yet they create a huge wall of pure rock sound.... carried through effortlessly from start to finish, although Kelly's voice wasn't as 'perfect' as it is now. After seeing them play in cardiff (my first ever concert) I knew I had to get their live album. And wasn't disappointed =)