This is one of my all time favourite albums and was released by the Stereophonics’ front man, Kelly Jones, in March 2007. It is his first solo album away from the band and all recorded as live takes.
“We were recording the sixth Stereophonics album…and in-between takes I started doing these songs off the cuff. Three or four tracks in I realised that this could actually be something…strange how it’s always little things that makes big things happen. We didn’t wait – it was recorded January 7th and 8th and mastered by Friday the 12th…every song is a live take…we actively decided to make it a bit more filmic. In two days we put down 10 tracks with 10 different girls names…we wanted to do something in the vein of Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads or Johnny Cash’s Blood, Sweat and Tears” – Jones.
Not only is it the simplicity of the album and strength of vocals that draws me back to this album time and time again, but knowing that it is all live takes makes it so much better. You can tell by the dynamics that it is as raw as it is and that too adds to the experience from listening to it.
While there are a couple of songs that are debatable, Kate and Violet are two of the songs to really talk about. All of the songs on the album tell a very different story, but these few beg to be listened to and really stand out from the rest.
The album isn’t one that is massively known, despite reaching #1 on the iTunes downloads chart. His band, the Stereophonics, are famous for hits including Have A Nice Day, Traffic, Dakota, Local Boy In The Photograph, Lady Luck, Moviestar and Vegas Two Times – as well as a famous cover of Handbags and Gladrags.