They are, for all intents and purposes, that band in the background that keep chugging away; saying little of relevance and often what is said is vague to the point of meaningless.
If music can be described as a series of colours, then the Stereophonics are slightly dull beige, with an option on light afternoon brown.
With a large degree of success, they have managed advance the theory that "safe-rock" is an actual genre and convince a generation of small-time drunks that playing unimaginative bullshit in the key's of C and E is all you have to do to get signed to the major label gravy train.
Thankfully, the train has been derailed and gravy is actually watered-down soup.
For fuck sake, they even contributed to the frankly unnecessary history of "Handbag's and Gladrag's" by Mike d'Abo - any band that can be featured in the same sentence as Rod Stewart must surely be stopped now - along with Coldplay and their ilk, it is the sick music of the office prison; an incarceration made worse by the epileptic bleetings of BBC Radio 1 or Heart FM.
Personally, I'm with Bob Hoskins as in The Long Good Friday - "shit 'em!!"
With regards to the actual subject matter, I would ask people to seriously look at the cover of Keep Calm and Carry On - I mean look at it!! Four brooding bores plonked down at a table for breakfast, while the sea washes around their neatly manicured legs, as they glare intensely into the middle distance with an air of subdued contemplation... fuck off!! Christ, if Kelly Jones sucked his cheeks in any further, there will no oxygen left for the rest of us to breathe - what a cunt!!
Of course, the picture metaphor in conjunction with the album title is pretty obvious, but it is also very poorly executed. Last, but not least; it just looks like a really shit, cheap and nasty Photoshop/Quark Express job. At that level, there should be no excuse for something so shoddy, but then again, it is the Stereophonics...