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Stereophonics' Seventh Album: Keep Calm and Carry On
In 2009, Welsh rock band Stereophonics released their seventh studio album, titled Keep Calm and Carry On. The album was named after a British World War II poster that featured the slogan \"Keep Calm and Carry On\" in a bold font on a red background. The band's lead singer and guitarist Kelly Jones said that he liked the poster because it was \"a statement of defiance\" and \"a good message for people in these times\".
The album was produced by Jim Abbiss, who had previously worked with Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, and Adele. It featured 12 tracks, including the singles \"Innocent\", \"Could You Be the One\", and \"Keep Calm and Carry On\". The album also included a cover of The Beatles' song \"Don't Let Me Down\", which Jones said was one of his favorite songs by the band. The album's sound was described by Jones as \"more direct\" and \"more confident\" than their previous albums.
Keep Calm and Carry On was released by Mercury Records on 16 November 2009. It debuted at number 11 on the UK Albums Chart, selling 42,771 copies in its first week. This was the lowest position for a studio album released by Stereophonics, who had previously topped the chart four times. The album received mixed reviews from critics, who praised some of the songs but criticized the lack of originality and innovation. Some fans also expressed disappointment with the album's direction.
Despite the lukewarm reception, Stereophonics embarked on a world tour to promote the album, playing in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. The tour was well received by fans and critics, who praised the band's live performance and energy. The band also performed at several festivals, including Glastonbury, T in the Park, V Festival, and Isle of Wight. In 2010, Stereophonics released a live DVD of their performance at Cardiff City Stadium, titled Keep Calm and Carry On: Live from Cardiff.
Keep Calm and Carry On was one of the last albums to feature drummer Javier Weyler, who left the band in 2012 due to personal reasons. He was replaced by Jamie Morrison, who joined Stereophonics for their eighth album Graffiti on the Train, released in 2013.
Keep Calm and Carry On was influenced by various musical genres and artists, such as soul, blues, funk, and The Rolling Stones. Jones said that he wanted to experiment with different sounds and styles, and that he was inspired by his personal life and experiences. He also said that he wrote some of the songs on a piano, which he had never done before. Some of the songs on the album were written during the band's previous tour, while others were written in the studio.
The album's artwork featured a photo of Jones holding a guitar in front of a red wall with the album title written on it. The photo was taken by photographer Scarlet Page, who is the daughter of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Jones said that he chose the photo because it was \"simple\" and \"striking\". He also said that he liked the contrast between the red and the black, and that he wanted to create a \"classic\" look for the album.
Keep Calm and Carry On was the last album to be released by Stereophonics under their contract with Mercury Records, which they had signed in 1996. The band decided not to renew their contract, and instead formed their own label, Stylus Records, in 2012. Jones said that he wanted to have more creative control and freedom over their music, and that he felt that Mercury Records had lost interest in them. He also said that he wanted to release their music more frequently and directly to their fans. aa16f39245