On their fourth album, Stereophonics refine even further the trip through Americana they'd begun on 'Just Enough Education to perform' two years earlier. It also sees the band getting slicker at their game. Produced by Kelly Jones, You Gotta Go There to Come Back almost scales the heady heights of their debut Word Gets Around.
The album sees Jones delving even further into his beloved 70s songbooks. In addition to the weather-worn AC/DC signposts, there are nods to Stevie Wonder, Creedence Clearwater and the Isley Brothers.
And, in the opening easy funk of 'Help Me (she's out of her mind)', Jones achieves a rough approximation of Lennon's cold turkey vocals. 'Rough' absolutely being the operative word here. The album's highpoint, however, is the closing 'Since I Told You It's Over'. A slightly countrified epic ballad that ends just a little too soon, by some stretch it's the best thing Stereophonics have done in years.
Double platinum selling 2003 album is re-issued featuring 'Maybe Tomorrow', 'Madame Helga', & 'Since I Told You It's Over'.
Stereophonics - You Gotta Go There To Come Back
A1. Help Me (She's Out Of Her Mind)
A2. Maybe Tomorrow
A3. Madame Helga
B1. You Stole My Money Honey
B3. Climbing The Wall
C2. I'm Alright (You Gotta Go There To Come Back)
C3. Nothing Precious At All
D1. Rainbows And Pots Of Gold
D2. I Miss You Now
D3. High As The Ceiling
D4. Since I Told You It's Over