Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones realised he'd succeeded in changing the band's musical direction when he played their latest album to pals - and they hated it.

The gravel-voiced Welsh singer has been accused of refusing to take risks with his songwriting, choosing instead to adhere to the popular Stereophonics sound that propelled them to fame.

However, Jones was intent on proving critics wrong when he sat down to compose his band's upcoming fifth studio album LANGUAGE. SEX. VIOLENCE. OTHER? - and received the boost he needed when he played the disc to baffled friends.

He says, "What made me really happy about the album was when I played it to some friends and crew. They all hated it!

"That was the moment I realised what I'd been doing wrong for four years. I'd been trying to keep all the wrong people happy. I'd fallen into a groove where I knew I was comfortable.

"On this record, I took myself out of the groove and I didn't even know if I liked it."

04/03/2005 02:16