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Stereophonics - "Violins and Tambourines" (video)

Stereophonics will release their eighth album Violins and Tambourines next year, but you can get a preview now with their new song.

Wales' Stereophonics have had a long career going back to the tail end of the '90s Britpop era. That the band has survived when so many of that era's group have faded is a testament to their talents as performers and songwriters. Stereophonics will release their eighth album Violins and Tambourines next year, but you can get a preview now with their new song, also titled "Violins and Tambourines". It's world's away from their early best known tunes like "Local Boy in a Photograph". "Violins and Tambourines" shows the band playing with dynamics and string sections to build a tune that pushes to greater heights as the verses flow by.

The 10 Best Debut Albums of 2009

Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.

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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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