Stereophonics - Madame Helga
Stereophonics - Madame Helga (released 19.05.03)

Tom Jones' backing band of choice have perhaps now displaced Oasis as the UK's best-loved trad-rockers. They may not have created an album that defined an era like 'What's The Story', but their debut release 'Word Gets Around' contained enough outstanding moments to gain the 'phonics a footnote in rock history.

Their fourth and latest album, 'You Gotta Go There To Come Back', is an important point for the band who need to prove they are more than the sum of their seventies rock influences, otherwise they are in danger of becoming as repetitive as Noel and Liam.

Stereophonics @

The first single, Madame Helga, to be taken from the prospective album is a slightly disappointing sign. The thudding Led Zep bluesy rock out is certainly not bad, but it is a long way from inspired, with Kelly Jones' retro influences more pronounced than ever.
Alternatively, perhaps we should be grateful that they played safe. The single was inspired by a woman Jones met in Sri Lanka, so at least after his trip to Asia he has not returned with a new found love of the sitar.

Gavin Eves


More Stereophonics

Manic Street Preachers Named Most Lyrically Diverse As 'Futurology' Released

A tasty chunk of news for the music nerds: Manic Street Preachers have been found to be the most lyrically diverse act in a study...

Stereophonics - We Share The Same Sun Video

New single 'We Share The Same Sun', impacts Aug 12th 'We Share The Same Sun' the new single by Stereophonics impacts August 12th on the...

Stereophonics - Graffiti On The Train Video

Now here with the title track single from their March 2013 album 'Graffiti On The Train', Stereophonics unleash a haunting new performance video. Their album...

Stereophonics - O2 Academy, Leeds 18th March 2013 Live Review

Coinciding with the recent release of their eighth studio record, which entered the chart at number three, Stereophonics are on a tour of venues smaller...


Stereophonics - 'Graffiti On The Train' Album Review

It's been four years since Stereophonics released their limp seventh album 'Keep Calm And Carry On' and the interim period has seen former Noisettes drummer...

Stereophonics - Indian Summer Video

Stereophonics are finally set to return with a brand new album 'Graffiti on the Train' on March 4th 2013 through Stylus Records. They have just...

Stereophonics - In A Moment Video

Stereophonics are set to return after nearly three and a half years with their eighth studio album 'Graffiti on the Train' due out in March...

Stereophonics - Manchester MEN Arena March 7, 2010

Though their recent 'Keep Calm And Carry On' album failed to hit the top ten, Stereophonics' live popularity is seemingly intact as they play their...