Scream Above the Sounds

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Scream Above the Sounds
Stereophonics - Scream Above the Sounds (Album artwork).png
Studio album by
Released27 October 2017 (2017-10-27)
RecordedMarch 2015–December 2016
Studio
GenreRock
Length46:29
Label
Producer
Stereophonics chronology
Keep the Village Alive
(2015)
Scream Above the Sounds
(2017)
Kind
(2019)
Singles from Scream Above the Sounds
  1. "All in One Night"
    Released: 27 July 2017
  2. "Caught by the Wind"
    Released: 4 September 2017
  3. "Before Anyone Knew Our Name"
    Released: 20 October 2017[3]
  4. "What's All the Fuss About?"
    Released: April 2018
  5. "Taken a Tumble"
    Released: June 2018

Scream Above the Sounds is the tenth studio album by Welsh rock band Stereophonics. Released on 27 October 2017, it was produced by lead singer and guitarist Kelly Jones, along with Jim Lowe.

Background[edit]

In 2015, Stereophonics released their ninth studio album, Keep the Village Alive, and supported it with the Keep the Summer Alive Tour throughout late-spring and summer 2016. During the tour, Kelly Jones announced he would like to release the band's tenth studio album "before next summer" to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Word Gets Around, rather than release a compilation album.[4][5] In February 2017, the band signed with Parlophone Records to release Scream Above The Sounds,[6] having been on their own Stylus Records label for Graffiti on the Train and Keep the Village Alive. On 27 July, Stereophonics revealed the name, release date and album artwork for Scream Above the Sounds, as well as releasing the lead single "All in One Night".[7] The next single was "Caught by the Wind", which was released on 4 September 2017 along with a music video. On 20 October the band released the song "Before Anyone Knew Our Name" through their YouTube channel, and on 24 October they performed "Taken a Tumble" on Later... with Jools Holland.

Release[edit]

The album was released on 27 October 2017 on CD, vinyl and digital download formats, with the downloaded edition including a digital booklet. A deluxe edition was released at the same time with five bonus tracks. The sticker on the deluxe CD mistakenly lists the tracks "What's All the Fuss About?" and "Would You Believe?" as singles, despite the fact that they had not been released previously.

On 3 November 2017, the album reached number two on the UK Albums Chart, debuting behind Together Again by Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, which sold 35 more copies.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic57/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
Classic Rock3.5/5 stars[10]
Clash(7/10)[11]
The Independent3/5 stars[12]
The Irish Times2/5 stars[13]
Mojo2/5 stars[14]
Q3/5 stars[15]
The Times3/5 stars[16]

Scream Above the Sounds has received generally mixed reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 57 based on five reviews.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kelly Jones; "Taken a Tumble" music co-written by Adam Zindani.[17]

No.TitleLength
1."Caught by the Wind"3:37
2."Taken a Tumble"3:36
3."What's All the Fuss About?"5:44
4."Geronimo"4:15
5."All in One Night"5:17
6."Chances Are"4:45
7."Before Anyone Knew Our Name"4:43
8."Would You Believe?"4:07
9."Cryin' in Your Beer"3:48
10."Boy on a Bike"2:17
11."Elevators"4:20
Total length:46:29

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murray, Robin (28 July 2017). "Listen: Stereophonics - 'All In One Night'". Clash. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  2. ^ Davidson, Amy (11 May 2015). "Stereophonics are back with new album Keep the Village Alive". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Before Anyone Knew Our Name (201... – Stereophonics – High Quality Music Downloads – 7digital United Kingdom". 7 Digital. 20 October 2017.
  4. ^ Dingwall, John (15 July 2016). "Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones explains why Welsh rockers will always raise a glass to their Scots fans". Daily Record. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  5. ^ Lindsay, Kali (20 July 2016). "Review: Stereophonics still sensational". Evening Express. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  6. ^ Gumble, Daniel (27 February 2017). "Parlophone Records signs new deal with Stereophonics". Music Week. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  7. ^ Levine, Nick (27 July 2017). "Stereophonics announce new album 'Scream Above The Sounds' and share its lead single". NME. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  8. ^ Savage, Mark (30 November 2017). "Ball and Boe: 'We travel on separate buses now'". BBC News. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Metacritic reviews of "Scream Above the Sounds" by Stereophonics". Metacritic. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  10. ^ Aizlewood, John (3 November 2017). "Stereophonics - Scream Above The Sounds album review". Classic Rock. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  11. ^ Jones, Richard (2 November 2017). "Stereophonics - Scream Above The Sounds". Clash. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  12. ^ Gill, Andy. "Album reviews: Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All, Stereophonics – Scream Above the Sounds, Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues". The Independent. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  13. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (3 November 2017). "Stereophonics review: new album has its moments but is nothing to scream about". The Irish Times. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Stereophonics: Scream Above the Sounds". Mojo. December 2017. p. 86.
  15. ^ "Stereophonics: Scream Above the Sounds". Q. December 2017. p. 113.
  16. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (3 November 2017). "Pop review: Stereophonics: Scream Above the Sounds". The Times. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  17. ^ a b c d Scream Above the Sounds (Deluxe CD). Stereophonics. Parlophone Records. 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)
  18. ^ "Scram Above The Sounds [Deluxe Edition]". Amazon.co.uk. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  19. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #445". auspOp. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
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  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Stereophonics – Scream Above the Sounds" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Stereophonics – Scream Above the Sounds" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  23. ^ "Lescharts.com – Stereophonics – Scream Above the Sounds". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Stereophonics". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  25. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  26. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  27. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Stereophonics – Scream Above the Sounds". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  28. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Stereophonics – Scream Above the Sounds". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  29. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  30. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  31. ^ "British album certifications – Stereophonics – Scream Above the Sounds". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 6 January 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Scream Above the Sounds in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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