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Since I Told You It's Over by Stereophonics

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Reviewed on 1st November 2003.


Since I Told You It's Over

By Stereophonics

There seem to be five ways of buying variants and by-products of the Stereophonics recent long playing record in the current (October) release package from V2. I have what is known in the trade as CD1, containing a remix of "Since I Told You It's Over" and sparse (but not acoustic as the sleeve claims) versions of "Nothing Precious At All" and "Madame Helga" recorded during a performance in the Netherlands. Other CDs, a 7 inch vinyl and a DVD are also available (apparently).

Certainly, the recording and playback qualities are a million times better than the 1972 versions of pretty much the same kind of stuff that I have on a once loved Rod Stewart album (a horrible electric piano intro to "Nothing Precious At All" excepted). But the exuberance, fun and spontaneity of Mr Stewart are all missing. This is expensive conservative music of the deepest kind. It will catch gentle hold of your contemporary neuroses and psychoses and soothe them into bearable chunks of comfortable wistful yearning. Should you want the contemporary real thing instead of this ersatz Americana tripe you would do better with Ryan Adams, Wilco, Ben Kweller or the Jayhawks. Have a nice day.



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