Stereophonics are great at riding the line between mainstream and indie, and do so with overly, in-your-face catchy guitar with harmony based choruses.
Scream Above the Sounds is as solid as usual, and does well with the catchy theme in “Caught By The Wind”. “Before Anyone Knew Our Name” is a sensitive piano piece. This adds some variety to a band known for churning out catch after catch, and “Elevators” gets back to that catch. If they needed to be more mainstream, they have not figured that out, and with a primal mood on Scream, songs like “Geronimo” and “What’s All the Fuss About” take alternative to a tribal percussion mode, and then send it to a folky, feel good, one on “All in One Night”. “Would You Believe” has a very poppy and electric feel to it. “Breaking Dawn for the Twilight” and “Boy on a Bike” both hit the right notes. “Drive a Thousand Mile Graffiti Sessions” is eclectic British music.
Even more eccentric is a song such as “Chances Are” and Scream Above the Sounds continues to prove both how fundamentally a rock band Stereophonics are, and just how necessary they are in the music scene.