Live From Dakota Review

artist: Stereophonics date: 04/03/2007 category: compact discs
Stereophonics: Live From Dakota
Release Date: Apr 18, 2006
Label: Nettwerk
Genres: Alternative Pop/Rock, British Trad Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 30
This double-disc set marks the band's first live album and an appropriate look back on what Stereophonics has achieved in the last 10 years.
 Sound: 9.7
 Lyrics: 9.7
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.7
Live From Dakota Reviewed by: Stereo92, on april 18, 2006
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Sound: A mix of new and old the Stereophonics are back after a huge tour promoting their album Language, Sex, Violence, Other? Playing to sellout crowds of 200,000 the Stereophonics had a fantastic year. This new album shows you all the sounds of the Stereophonics from the word gets around album with loud guitars. To Performance and Cocktails. to the atmospheric sound of JEEP. Acoustic work on YGGTTCB. And To Probably their finest work yet Language, Sex, Violence, Other? Their new sound comes through on every track though. Their trashy rock guitar sound, Their quick drum beats and their huge bass sound all come through on this album. // 10

Lyrics: On this live album all sorts of lyrics come through, from tales of a small Welsh town (Cwmmaman) to their new lyrics of fame and fortune. The Lyrics fit well with the sound of the band their newer sound fits with all their work. Kelly Jones has a unique voice and it comes through well on this album. It may not be note perfect but it fits well to create a raw, edgy sound that comes through on this album. The singing is good through the album it sound perfect on top of the loud rock guitars. // 9

Overall Impression: It's a fantastic album better than all the rest because its a combination of all the better tracks on every album. If it were lost or stolen I would definiteley buy it again. // 10

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overall: 10
Live From Dakota Reviewed by: met4life, on april 19, 2006
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Sound: As with nearly all live albums, the sound for this was taken from the soundboards of the venues they played. There is a raw, rough feel to the whole album that suits it down to the ground. Having seen them myself in Cardiff on 24th September 2005, I can fully appreciate this album and it takes me back to when I was standing there singing along myself. Some of the songs they play sound brilliant live, especially 'Maybe Tomorrow', which Kelly opts to do solo with an acoustic guitar. The crowd is not over-exaggerated either, which is a definite plus. No over-dubbing on this album, it's as live as it gets on record. // 10

Lyrics: Well the lyrics are as good live as they were on the studio versions of the songs. Kelly's distinctive voice has always been something that I've loved about the 'Phonics music, its unique. Whether it be the classic tracks like 'A Thousand Trees', softer ballads like 'Maybe Tomorrow' or newer material like 'Dakota', each track has a great feel to it both in the way it is sung and what the lyrics themselves represent. The new song 'Jayne' isn't bad either. // 10

Overall Impression: Definitely one of the best live albums I've heard, the quality is amazing and the whole feel is great. Highlights from the 1st disc for me are 'A Thousand Trees', the epic 'Mr Writer', a personal favourite I hoped they'd play live when I saw them (and did) 'Deadhead', 'Maybe Tomorrow' and 'Local Boy In The Photograph'. However the 2nd disc also offers up the great 'Madame Helga', 'Traffic', 'Just Looking' and of course, 'Dakota'. A really, really good album, a 'greatest hits' of sorts. // 10

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overall: 9.7
Live From Dakota Reviewed by: cyrilthemonkey, on april 03, 2007
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Sound: 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. // 9

Lyrics: 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. // 10

Overall Impression: 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. // 10

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