You Gotta Go There to Come Back

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You Gotta Go There to Come Back
Studio album by Stereophonics
Released 2 June 2003

January 2002 – January 2003 in England at

Length 59:12
Label V2
Producer Kelly Jones
Stereophonics chronology
Just Enough Education to Perform
You Gotta Go There to Come Back
Language. Sex. Violence. Other?
Singles from You Gotta Go There to Come Back
  1. "Madame Helga"
    Released: 19 May 2003
  2. "Maybe Tomorrow"
    Released: 21 July 2003
  3. "Since I Told You It's Over"
    Released: 10 November 2003
  4. "Moviestar"
    Released: 9 February 2004

You Gotta Go There to Come Back is the fourth studio album by alternative rock band Stereophonics. Produced by Kelly Jones and released on V2 in 2003. It became their third consecutive album to top the UK chart selling 101,946 copies in its first week. It is the final Stereophonics album to feature long-time original drummer Stuart Cable before he was fired in September 2003.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kelly Jones[3].

No. Title Length
1. "Help Me (She's Out of Her Mind)" 6:55
2. "Maybe Tomorrow" 4:33
3. "Madame Helga" 3:55
4. "You Stole My Money Honey" 4:18
5. "Getaway" 4:08
6. "Climbing the Wall" 4:55
7. "Jealousy" 4:26
8. "I'm Alright (You Gotta Go There to Come Back)" 4:36
9. "Nothing Precious at All" 4:20
10. "Rainbows and Pots of Gold" 4:11
11. "I Miss You Now" 4:50
12. "High as the Ceiling" 3:19
13. "Since I Told You It's Over" 4:43
Total length: 59:12

Bonus tracks[edit]

The track "Moviestar" appears on later editions of the album as track 4 and was released with a DVD containing the videos for the singles.

Vinyl editions[edit]

The album was released in gatefold sleeve at first, containing two records. When "Moviestar" was included on the album the gatefold sleeve contained three records.


This album is the only Stereophonics record which features both Stuart Cable and Javier Weyler. Cable played drums on most tracks as the band's drummer and Weyler, who replaced Cable as the band's drummer in 2005, contributed to the record as an engineer, programmer and percussionist.

The drums on the track "I'm Alright (You Gotta Go There To Come Back)'" are supposedly played by Mac Hine. This is a nod to the drum machine which was used on the track instead of real live drumming.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 60/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]
BBC Wales 4/5 stars [5]
Mojo 2/5 stars[6]
NME (6/10) [2]
Q 3/5 stars[7]
Uncut (2/10)[8]

Critical response[edit]

You Gotta Go There to Come Back 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 60 based on 10 reviews.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

You Gotta Go There to Come Back joined its predecessors at #1 on release. It was re-issued with bonus tracks in February 2004, coming into the UK charts again at #35, finally re-entering at #16 in September 2004. It was the 28th biggest selling album of 2003 in the UK.[9] The track "Maybe Tomorrow" became one of their biggest hits; it was played over the credits of the Academy Award-winning movie Crash (2004) and also during the opening scene of the film Wicker Park (2004). It was also used in a season one episode of One Tree Hill and featured on the first Charmed soundtrack.



  1. ^ a b Wilson, MAcKenzie. You Gotta Go There to Come Back at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Dalton, Stephen (7 June 2003). "Stereophonics : You Gotta Go There To Come Back". NME. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c You Gotta Go There To Come Back (CD booklet). Stereophonics. V2 Records. 2003. 
  4. ^ a b "You Gotta Go There To Come Back". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Smith, Jack (2003). "Stereophonics You Gotta Go There To Come Back Review". BBC Cymru Wales. BBC. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Stereophonics: You Gotta Go There To Come Back". Mojo. July 2003. p. 107. 
  7. ^ "Stereophonics: You Gotta Go There To Come Back". Q. July 2003. p. 109. 
  8. ^ "Stereophonics - You Gotta Go There To Come Back". Uncut. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Every Hit. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  10. ^ a b c "You Gotta Go There to Come Back credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Justified by Justin Timberlake
UK number one album
20 May 2003 – 14 June 2003
Succeeded by
Hail to the Thief by Radiohead