I like Stereophonics. I don't particularly like best ofs'. The first thing you'll recognise from this track listing is just how many great songs Stereophonics have;
  1. Dakota
  2. The Bartender and the Thief
  3. Just Looking
  4. Have a Nice Day
  5. Local Boy in the Photograph
  6. Maybe Tomorrow
  7. Superman
  8. Pick a Part That's New
  9. My Own Worst Enemy
  10. I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio
  11. You're My Star
  12. Mr. Writer
  13. Step on My Old Size Nines
  14. Devil
  15. It Means Nothing
  16. A Thousand Trees
  17. Vegas Two Times
  18. Traffic
  19. More Life in a Tramp's Vest
  20. Handbags and Gladrags
The second thing you will notice is that there are two new tracks in there. Of course being a Stereophonics fanatic I would have preferred a new album. However Kelly Jones said recently in an interview the two new tracks show the band are focused on new material rather than 'dying quietly.' But enough moaning about how I dislike the 'Best Of' and all of the connotations that come along with it onto the album. Starting with their only number one single 'Dakota' and ending with one which isn't actually theirs 'Handbags And Gladrags' every song you could hope to hear from them is here. The classic sheep-esque 'Ba Ba Da, Ba Ba Ba Da Da' from 'Have A Nice Day' to the sentimental 'It means nothing, If I haven't got you' of 'It Means Nothing' the album brings back lots of memories from the first time I ever heard 'Mr Writer' and questioned whether writing was what I wanted to do and the melancholic 'Maybe Tomorrow' I still haven't found my way! The two new tracks, 'You're My Star' and 'My Own Worst Enemy' stand up for themselves well on an album of classics's. 'You're My Star' is stylish and steady, more Superman than Just Looking. 'My Own Worst Enemy' is reminiscent of 'Help Me' the opener from 'You Gotta Go There To Come Back'. As I said both tracks are strong but 'You're My Star' will be the one to remember. This is a fantastic selection is sure to please Stereophonics super fans and new recruits alike, but you should really buy the albums seperately to get 'Madame Helga' and 'Moviestar' which were seemingly overlooked. 7/10