Sound — 9
This was the first offering from the welsh outfit and was a cracker. The opening track 'A Thousand Trees' is a great singalong and could be the soundtrack to your night out. The hit single 'Boy In The Photograph' is one of the many gems this great album as is the harsh sounding 'Looks Like Chaplin'. Some of the slower songs on the album such as 'Traffic' and 'Goldfish Bowl' add a lot of feeling to the sound and prove that the Stereophonics can be very serious as well as fun. These's tracks are an oppistite to the fast and fun sounds of 'More Life In A Tramps Vest' and 'Check My Eye Lids For Holes' which both let the album down in terms of meaning and quality.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics on this album were all to do with local stories in small town wales. 'Looks Like Chaplin' is about an old and lonely man who Kelly knew and 'Local Boy In The Photograph' is a tale about a boy who comited suicide. The lyrics are very real life and down to earth and a good example of this is 'Too many sandwhiches' which is a song about a typical wedding party. All of the lyrics are not over complicated but they work and give the album a good feel. Kelly Jones voice takes these songs further and makes the album sound like nothing else.
Overall Impression — 9
This album sounds like evryone but nothing at the same time. The band have taken fun lyrics like bands such as Supergrass but with a voice like Kelly it ounds like nothing else. The best sons on the album are Traffic, Local Boy, Goldfish Bowl and Same Size Feet and I would certainmly buy this album again and again.