New Music for the End of the Decade: Stereophonics

Leave it to band of the decade nominee Stereophonics to capture the moment as this unfortunate decade winds to a close. They are making their case for the brass ring with their new album, very appropriately titled, Keep Calm and Carry On. I especially like the second half of this album, with the closing song “Show Me How” winning me over as the album eases to a melancholy but soulful close.

Previous efforts by this band have included Dakota, which reached #1 on the UK charts:

And Maybe Tomorrow, which may be my favorite single:

Another solid single is It Means Nothing:

The band tends to make pretty remarkable videos, including this one for You’re My Star:

Keep Calm may not be Stereophonics best album to date, but give it a listen along with some of their past material and see where you end up putting this band on your final list of bands of the decade. For me, taking all their material of the past ten years together, they finish near the top.


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