Don't Let The Devil Take Another Day finds Kelly Jones twisting his standards into fine new shapes

Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones reimagines his songbook on Don't Let The Devil Take Another Day

Kelly Jones: Don't Let The Devil Take Another Day
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While cynics might scoff at the notion of a Stereophonics song having hidden depths, this live collection from frontman Kelly Jones, along with a cast of multi-instrumentalists, twists his Britrock standards into fine new shapes. 

Mr Writer is bolstered with horns from a manic-depressive Mariachi band. Traffic unearths a latent Nashville flavour, fiddles slicing over Jones’s acoustic strum. The youthful rush of debut single Local Boy In The Photograph is slowed right down to become an older man’s rumination, its eulogy to a hometown suicide seeping over the audience. 

Biggest hit Dakota loses the FM sheen to emerge as a garage cruncher, Jones’s voice sounding almost operatic in the chorus. 

Elsewhere, even when the songs cling to their moorings there are nice back stories, particularly Jones’s memory of being “last in the bath water after my two older brothers” before Hurry Up And Wait.

Henry Yates

Henry Yates has been a freelance journalist since 2002 and written about music for titles including The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a music pundit on Times Radio and BBC TV, and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, Kiefer Sutherland and many more.