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Just Enough Education to Perform

StereophonicsAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Kelly Jones has been in this London pub before. But that’s probably not surprising seeing that Jones, and his band Stereophonics, have been nearly everywhere before.

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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2 North America
  • ASIN: B00005B1GY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vegas Two Times
2. Lying In The Sun
3. Mr. Writer
4. Step On My Old Size Nines
5. Have A Nice Day
6. Nice To Be Out
7. Watch Them Fly Sundays
8. Everyday I Think Of Money
9. Maybe
10. Caravan Holiday
11. Rooftop

Editorial Reviews

Three albums in, and Stereophonics have written their first truly mature work, Just Enough Education to Perform. While the Welsh trio's first two albums were blighted by the occasional spot of facile pub-rock tub-thumping, which served only to dilute Kelly Jones's emotive laments into ear candy, Just Enough Education to Perform evokes the ragged croak of early Rod Stewart or the world-weary country lament of Neil Young without feeling the need to unnecessarily embellish its content. It's not all good: the album's first single, "Mr. Writer"--a stab at dismissive music journalists--is, ironically, petulant and unwieldy, spoiled by Jones's clunky lyric: "You've just enough, in my own view, education to perform/ I'd like to shoot you all." Far more successful are the simple semi-acoustic readings of "Nice to Be Out", "Step on My Old Size Nines," and "Lying in the Sun," which prove that, stripped down, Jones can match most singer-songwriters of an alt-country persuasion without breaking into a sweat. By this time in their career, Oasis began losing themselves in bland bombast and a fog of hollow guitar solos; to their credit, on Just Enough Education to Perform, Stereophonics do not let fame cloud the clarity of the record's meaning. --Louis Pattison

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Stereophonics Just Enough Education To Perform US CD album

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic American Rock from Britain October 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
In February, 2002, a small group of us traveled to Ireland. Although Stereophonics hadn't been getting airplay in the U.S., I had heard a lot of them on a British Internet station, and liked what I heard. Once we arrived in Dublin, I soon realized how huge they were in the U.K. and Ireland. Several songs off their new album, 'Just Enough Education to Perform,' were being played alot on the radio over there.
As the end of our trip approached, I started scouring music stores, looking for the version of the CD with the bonus track (the terrific Rod Stewart ballad, 'Handbags and Gladrags'), since I doubted that I could get this version back in the states. Finally, I found a copy and brought it home to Boston with me.
What I can't understand is why this band hasn't been more of a success in the U.S. Even though the band is British, Stereophonics has a truly American sound. The opening track, 'Vegas Two Times,' is a crunching number that brings to mind The Black Crowes, while the beautiful 'Step on My Old Size Nines' is something you might hear while driving past the wheat fields on a warm summer night in the Midwest. One note: Don't miss the hidden track after 'Rooftop.' It is a soaring piece of guitar rock that is actually one of the best songs on the entire CD. The hook at the end of the song is truly memorable, and is a great way to end a great album.
Sure, there are a few forgettable tunes here, most of which are toward the end of the album. 'Everyday I Think of Money' and 'Maybe' are clearly not of the same quality as the first seven songs on the CD. Overall, though, this is an album that should alert American radio stations that rock is not dead; indeed, it is alive and well. You just have to fly across the pond to hear it.
-Marc Hurwitz
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different but as Solid as their other Albums May 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
J.E.E.P. is a softer, mellower album from the Sterophonics. Kelly Jones's voice is just as powerful--raspy in that earnest way of his--and the lyrics are, for the most part, just as compelling (except for the lyrics of "Mr. Writer" where Kelly says he wants to shoot all his critics--that was a bit much). I usually skip the first and last songs of the album and play the rest of it through. Particularly good are "Lying in the Sun", "Step on My Old Size Nines", "Nice to Be Out", "Everyday I think of Money" and "Caravan Holiday". Of course, that's almost the whole album right there!
Some people have been disappointed with this album because it doesn't have as much "energy and rawness" to it as their previous two. While that's true, these critics must think that any change is a bad one. I disagree. This is a slower more thoughtful album, and it shines because of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than enough education to perform January 11, 2002
By Enda
Format:Audio CD
JEEP is, without doubt, the best effort yet from the Stereophonics. It's a gentler album than their previous one, "Performance And Cocktails", with the emphasis here more on melody than on the fairly boring hard rock that characterised PAC, (with the exception of "Just Looking" and the outstanding "Pick A Part That's New").
It doesn't open brightly, though. "Vegas Two Times" would've fitted quite nicely on "Performance And Cocktails", launching into a boring tune after a ridiculous 50 seconds of warming up sounds. Worst song on the album. "Have A Nice Day" should have been the opening track.
However, things start to look up quickly. "Lying In The Sun" is soft and beautiful, with exceptional lyrics from Kelly ("But you burn me up you paint my skin/In bad designs that ain't even in", etc.)
The first single, "Mr. Writer", has a pretty good chorus with cool backing vocals. The rest of it is just okay.
The third single, "Step On My Old Size Nines", is the second best song on the album. Great melody, lovely harmonica playing, a beautiful ending.
The highlight of JEEP is "Have A Nice Day", the second single. It's one of the best songs ever, no question. I don't care if people think it's sappy and that the cab driver in the song has nothing interesting to say, it's excellent!
"Nice To Be Out" is okay, "Watch Them Fly Sundays" is another of the album's strongest tracks, and the remaining ones are pretty good, except maybe for "Everyday I Think Of Money".
Overall, this is a solid recording from a great Welsh band, who have proved with this release that their music is maturing a great deal. Keep up the good work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What Could've Been April 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Stereophonics are one of my favorite bands.
I pre-ordered the album. I saw the acoustic tour. I couldn't wait to hear the album. It arrived, and I'm not sure what to make of it.
There's a sunny, upbeat 1970's a.m. radio vibe to about half of the tracks that is totally unprecedented in their earlier efforts. There's a lot less Stereophonics, the rock group. And a lot more Kelly Jones, heartfelt songwriter.
Standout tracks include Mr. Writer, Lying In The Sun, and Size 9s. But I feel the lightweight, laid back arrangements will alientate many fans. People who fell in love with the ragged exuberance of Word Gets Around and Performance & Cocktails will feel shorted.
The songwriting, as always, is there. But I feel the producer misfired. It's fine to evolve your sound. But this is total abandonment. I hope this record grows on me. Otherwise, screw it. The first two records are classics.
JEEP is good. But from a band this talented, you expect greatness.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Enough Education to Perform
My order came in a timely manner.
This is an excellent cd with lots of great songs. It is mostly more mellow than Keep Calm & Carry On, so, I do not like it quite as much,... Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Enough to make them great
This is a brilliant album from Stereophonics. Diffrent from the previous two but still brilliant. All the songs are good and probably the only group who could do Handbags and... Read more
Published on July 11, 2010 by Ben Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars In my own words, fandabuluous.
I know people think this is very mellow, but hey if they set out to make a mellow album then they did a dam good job! Read more
Published on July 24, 2006 by JDM
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but their next two after this kill this one
Okay, maybe it's just me, but I don't think this is their best. the best tracks on here are probably "Vegas Two Times" "Mr. Writer" or "Step On My Old Size Nines". Read more
Published on January 29, 2006 by Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars hidden track/bonus cut
There's another song after "Rooftop", and it's terrific. Probably titled, fittingly enough, "Surprise." Don't miss it!
Published on December 31, 2005 by R. Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Their weakest album
Perhaps it isn't surprising that this is Sterophonics weakest album, as Kelly Jones wrote most of this in his darkest hour. Read more
Published on April 11, 2005 by Sakos
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful disc
Just because a band is successful and is reflecting on that success and the world they live in doesn't make this album any less enjoyable. Read more
Published on March 25, 2005 by Daniel Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good cd.
I had never heard this band in America till last year, when over the summer I was glued to one of the very addictive music television channels in India. Read more
Published on July 5, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic
I consider myself a pretty mature and well traveled conossieur of music. I am into everything from the Dead to Pearl Jam to Sinatra. Read more
Published on May 19, 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Stodgy pub-rock plod - America steer clear
Now, maybe this is a personal thing. Most of my favourite music is played by artists with real intentions and beliefs, who are determined to either push back the boundaries of... Read more
Published on July 18, 2003 by "sixtymilesmile"
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