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SUPER FURRY ANIMALS are one of the few progressive rock bands to come out of Wales in the UK. The band formed in 1994 and consist of Gruff Rhys, Dafydd Ieuan, Cian Ciaran, Guto Pryce and Huw Bunford. SUPER FURRY ANIMALS have 7 studio albums and are similar to bands like PORCUPINE TREE, THE MOODY BLUES, PINK FLOYD and RADIOHEAD. They may also appeal to fans of weirder music such as FRANK ZAPPA or CAPTAIN BEEFHEART.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS may be slightly mainstream, making it into the pop charts occasionally in the United Kingdom, but they actually use practically all the elements that make up progressive rock on all of their studio albums, making them perfectly qualified to be in the archives. They share similarities to bands like RADIOHEAD who are able to be a mainstream rock band but also being able to be classed as prog. SUPER FURRY ANIMALS make prog music on a much higher level, yet in a rather subtle way. Although their single releases may not hint to prog, the true progressive elements lie in their studio albums. The bands debut album, FUZZY LOGIC, showed a promising start and many hints to a progressive sound that they would later go on to develop even further. This album was undeniably influenced by the likes of PINK FLOYD (especially their early years) and CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, but if not it shows many similarities. This album is a full out psychadelic album, bringing the classic influences of sixties and seventies progressive psychadelia into the nineties and fusing it with space prog, techno and pop melodies. SUPER FURRY ANIMALS refuse to follow basic song structures and have many time signature changes, experimental uses of instruments, and even lengthy tunes. Their latest single "The Man Don't Give a F*** (Live from Hammersmith Apollo)" is a 22 minute journey of progressive psychadelic/space rock fused with many different influences. Everytime they release a new album it has more and more progressive qualities. The albums are almost concept albums, especially RADIATOR, RINGS AROUND THE WORLD and PHANTOM POWER. The latter of these two were released as DVD's where each song followed a set story, making them almost like a film. On the stage, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS bring a very Art Rock style to their music by including a vast amount of visuals, including screen movies and dressing up as different characters from their albums. Each studio album they have made has been packed with prog tunes and can be well enjoyed by fans of MOGWAI, CAPTAIN BEEFHEART...
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MwngMwng
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  • Super Furry Animals + The Magic Numbers at Great Hall Cardiff University Students Union, Cardiff on 1 May 2015
  • Super Furry Animals + The Magic Numbers at Great Hall Cardiff University Students Union, Cardiff on 2 May 2015
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  • Super Furry Animals + The Magic Numbers at O2 Academy Brixton, London on 8 May 2015
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  • Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts 2015 on 24 Jun 2015
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  • Fuji Rock Festival '15 on 24 Jul 2015
  • Forgotten Fields on 7 Aug 2015
  • Green Man Festival 2015 on 20 Aug 2015
  • Victorious Festival 2015 on 29 Aug 2015

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS discography


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3.56 | 12 ratings
Fuzzy Logic
1996
3.45 | 11 ratings
Radiator
1997
3.33 | 10 ratings
Guerrilla
1999
2.40 | 8 ratings
Mwng
2000
3.78 | 16 ratings
Rings Around The World
2001
3.28 | 12 ratings
Phantom Power
2003
2.80 | 9 ratings
Love Kraft*
2005
2.56 | 5 ratings
Hey Venus!
2007
4.00 | 8 ratings
Dark Days/Light Years
2009

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Rings Around The World
2001
3.10 | 2 ratings
Phantom Power
2003
4.09 | 2 ratings
Songbook Volume One
2004

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Out Spaced
1998
2.00 | 1 ratings
Phantom Phorce
2004
5.00 | 2 ratings
Songbook Volume One
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Under The Influence
2005

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In Space (EP)
1995
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Moog Droog
1995
3.05 | 2 ratings
Ice Hockey Hair
1998
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Slow Life
2004

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 Guerrilla by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.33 | 10 ratings

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Review by TCat
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4 stars This is SFA's 3rd full LP and it is quite the interesting conglomeration of styles and sounds with enough variety to make anyone happy at least for the duration of one track, but in most cases I think anyone would find themselves enjoying several tracks here. What the band was aiming for here was a pop oriented album. They wanted to explore many different styles and that is what happened. For me, this makes this album very enjoyable and fun, but most people might consider it a bit inconsistent because of the variety evident on the album. The one thread that holds most of the songs together on the album is that there is a strong reliance on electronic music and sounds and it is the first time the band had used a sampler (and they use it to add some original and interesting effects). The guitar is not relied upon as much on this album as it has been on other albums.

In the making of the album, the band planned on using the same producer as they had used previously, but he wanted the band to put off the album for a while so that he could rest up from being so busy producing other band's albums. SFA was way too eager to wait, so they ended up producing this album on their own. Since they were sharing the responsibilities of production, they all decided that they would have to reach a consensus as far as which of the 25 tracks that were recorded would be included on the album. They chose the tracks that were more electronic/keyboard oriented and that were more upbeat and "pop-ish" sounding. However, while the band insists on this being "a disposable pop album that you won't want to throw away" many critics insist that it is an excellent foray into psychedilia and dubbed the music "nu-psychedelic". Ghrys explains that psychedelic music should consist of more improvised material and says that all of the music here was pre-planned and has structure. So he insists that it is pop oriented.

Since the tracks are quite brief, that pop idea might hold out. However, even though the album did exceedingly well in Britain, the sounds on the album are very new and interesting, far above the typical pop sound. There are some very infectious tracks on here and there are some very experimental sounding tracks here too. Like I said, this album sports a wide variety of music, and a lot of it is very innovative. Just like most of SFA's other albums, I find this a very enjoyable album which breaks out of the mold of regular run of the mill pop more than it follows the typical pop formulas. Is it progressive though? Well probably not as much as most prog lovers would like, but I will definitely tell you it is much better than a lot of the usual sounding rock and pop music out there. I find it adventurous and interesting.

Most people seem to miss the fact that there are 2 hidden tracks on this album. The hidden track at the end is pretty much expected because it comes after several minutes of silence at the end of the last track. However, the other hidden track is in the pre-gap of the CD. If you start the CD and then hit rewind back to the first of the song and the CD will flip to the hidden beginning track, which is actually a full song and not the typical hidden track filler, so if you like the rest of the album, then you should take the time to find this track. Samples were used in unconventional ways. For example, the "Where Ever I Lay My Phone" is based on a repetitive conventional ring tone, while "The Door of This House Remains Open" is based on a processed recording of the band performing Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy". A lot of the music was also recorded as different situations dictated. The track "Northern Lights" is based on island rhythms that utilizes steel drums that were added at the last minute and played by the keyboardist who didn't know how to play steel drums.

I suppose the thing that would make this album lean towards the progressive genre is in the interesting methods of recording and the experiments in making popular music more interesting. While the album didn't do exceptional in the states, it was quite highly regarded and popular in Britain where it hit number 10 on the British Albums Chart. The music is definitely pop-prog in the same vein as 10CC, David Bowie or Roxy Music with sounds of glam-rock echoing throughout. I love the variety and the originality of the album, but I can't quite consider it a masterpiece. But it is better than a lot of other material out there and definitely far above they typical pop record. I see this as a strong 4 star album just as good as most 10CC albums if not better and more modern sounding and innovative. However, the band was a little put off over bad experiences from their foray into pop territory, that the next album "Mwing" would be almost a complete opposite to this being a lo-fi recording with most lyrics performed in somewhat non-existent language.

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 Fuzzy Logic by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.56 | 12 ratings

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Review by TCat
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4 stars Fuzzy Logic is the debut album by Super Furry Animals, and in my opinion, the band did a pretty good job of nailing the sound of glam-rock which is pop based rock with an edge, the same kind of rock done by other great prog related artists like....hmmm, lets see.....David Bowie, Roxy Music, Queen, 10CC, yes even early Pink Floyd, the Beatles and Genesis....to name a few. This is the same kind of music that is performed by this band. Having said that, you will get an idea of what this music is about. Somehow, however, it got labeled by a lot of people as being alternative, but I guess many people would consider Bowie alternative too. SFA actually got the sound right the first time, which many alternative bands and new wave bands from the 80s couldn't get right for a while and some of them never did. I consider this music not pop, but anti-pop, which is demonstrated by the eccentric nature of the bands and the eclectic sound of their music. This is over the top music, not so much in the sound of the music, but in the performance of the music.

SFA do this kind of music, and they do it well. All through this album you can hear shades of David Bowie and Roxy Music doing what they did best. This music is very psychedelic, but has a more updated sound. Yet it still remains true to it's roots. This band just does not get the attention or the accolades that it so much deserves. This first album is a bit all over the place in a way, and not as focused as some of their later albums. But I listen to it and I am so surprised at how they really nailed it faster than so many other bands that people claim to be better than them. You get a few crazy guitar solos, a lot of chaotic sounding brit-pop (gone mad that is), and a very glam-rock type sound. But, this album shows some immaturity in the sound, which the band would adjust in the near future. For now, though, this is a fun album, full of surprises and even some heartfelt moments.

Lovers of Bowie and Roxy Music will find a lot to love here, just as I do. The band got the sound down so well that this album was considered on of the 1001 albums you must hear before you die. I couldn't agree more, but you got to go into it expecting prog related music in the same vein as all the best glam rockers. Those that profess that this is not progressive rock have forgotten that there is an entire genre of prog music that they have dismissed. It's true that this album doesn't have a lot of tricky rhythms (even though there are moments that make me go "WTF was that?") and the songs are not of epic length, but that doesn't mean this band doesn't deserve to be on this site. If that was the case, then Bowie, Roxy Music and Queen shouldn't be here either. This is the sub-genre of Progressive Music that everyone likes to forget about when trying to think of the definitive sound of prog, but let me assure you this is prog and deserves to be here.

You may ask, so that's all well and good, but what does this album sound like? Well, the entire album, though a little unfocused, sounds like Bowie, Roxy Music, early PF (the Barrett Days) and etc. just like I've been describing. That sound is evident through the entire album, with an occasional whacky guitar solo, a few strings placed here and there, psychedelic at times and experimental at others and though they rely a lot on the sound of glam bands, they still have that distinct sound that lets you know you are listening to SFA. I really can't give this excellent effort anything less than 4 stars. Great music by a great band that just doesn't get the recognition it deserves.

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 Fuzzy Logic by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.56 | 12 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars SUPER FURRY ANIMALS is a strange band emerging out of Wales, UK in the 90s and not strange like OMG this music is too weird, man! Strange in that they are at their base a britpop band that has song structures similar in catchiness to the bigwigs of that movement like Oasis, Blur and Supergrass but also incorporates a healthy dose of neo-psychedelia from Radiohead, the indie pop craziness of Ween, the glam rock riffage from David Bowie, Alice Cooper and other 70s giants as well as sensual orchestration like that of The Verve.

FUZZY LOGIC is their debut LP and a surprise to find that it is a very consistent album incorporating so many different influences that end up working together so very well. While the short intro track "God! Show Me Magic" sounds a lot like the harder sounds of Supergrass, it quickly cedes to a slower britpop Oasis groove that sounds more like a glam rock Bowie song, but although the influences are evident they are just distant enough to keep me from crying rip off.

Tracks like "Hometown Unicorn" show a distinct "The Mollusk" era Ween sound in action with Hendrix guitar and solos and other 60s psych / pop influences melded together. The rest of the album follows suit mixing and fusing all these influences together with catchy britpop based compositions but always bring some strange new ideas or seasoning to the table. This is only the debut album by SFA. Despite their delving into the progressive realms of music they were also fairly successful from the start on the UK pop charts.

Their sound becomes more distinct starting with their second album "Radiator" when all these detectable influences simmer down into a tastier concoction generating a more original sound. For a debut album clearly rooted in the britpop era i have to say that i find this album a winner. The production is crystal clear, the alternation of hard and soft tracks mixed with glam, psychedelic, indie rock / pop as well as 60s influences too numerous to mention really adds up to a pleasant surprise.

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 Dark Days/Light Years by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.00 | 8 ratings

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Review by TCat
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4 stars What do you get when you combine psychedelic/space rock, electronica, progressive rock and pop music altogether, throw in a few tricky rhythms, stray away from the usual verse/chorus formula, throw in some chaos once in a while, add an odd instrument or two, sing in Welsh and rap in German just to throw you off a bit, put in a wild guitar solo or two, shake in a bunch of amazing hooks and add a lot of non-obnoxious keyboards and add a dash (or spill it in sometimes) of humor? You get this album! In fact, you might get a few Super Furry Animals albums.

Some may wonder why this band is in the Prog Archives. It is listed under Prog Related because it is a brand of unconventional pop music, but there is so much more to it than pop music. This is, to me, an updated version of Sophisto-Prog, which was popularized in the late 70's, early 80s by a band by the name of Supertramp. But this is a much more updated sound AND you get a whole truck load of variety on top of that. Where Supertramp's sound was easily recognizable, SFA is not so recognizable because they give their treatment to so many kinds of music. You can really hear that in this album, which is probably one of their best. This album is full of surprises, but if I told you what they were, they wouldn't be surprises anymore. And that last epic track called "Pric" is simply amazing music that even propels you into avant garde territory before you even realize what is going on.

This is not music that you have to concentrate on and because of that, the album can play by track by track and before you know it, you've been tapping your foot and bouncing your head for over an hour and wondering where the time went. But you will have sounds echoing in your head and you will be thinking, "Wow, where did that sound come from and how could a pop group do something that cool?" You will question whether you really did hear that or if it is something that popped in your head from another album. This is good stuff and it very seldom gets boring. Pop and prog really can work together. Though the prog might be light, the band does not follow pop formulas though they may retain some of the sensibility of it all, but at the same time, the music just hangs on the edge of sanity.

Enjoyable music. I wish pop music would take lessons from this music more often. Excellent addition to your collection. 4 stars (with a fifth star that just kind of winks in and out a bit, kind of like that Christmas light with a short in it).

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 Fuzzy Logic by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.56 | 12 ratings

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Review by arcane-beautiful

4 stars This being their first album, I was very impressed.

Out at around the time Britpop was going strong, these Welsh guys took the Brit Pop sound and added more colourful influences, like punk, fuzz rock, psychadellic and progressive rock in order to enhance a thick and joyous sound.

This album was very fun to listen to. Their wasnt really any bad songs on it, it did have it's ups and downs, but it was really fun to listen to.

1. God! Show Me Magic - Britpop at it's very best. Great chorus. Alot like the Pixies, short and simple. 10/10

2. Fuzzy Birds - Very funny song about a man who makes his hamster spin around on a wheel and power his house. A bit like The Beatles meet Prince. Great chorus. 9/10

3. Something For The Weekend - Reminds me of The Kinks. Very The Hoosiers. Great chorus. 9/10

4. Frisbee - Very rocking. Pretty good chorus. 8/10

5. Hometown Unicorn - Amazing chorus. Reminds me of early Radiohead meets Blur. 10/10

6. Gathering Moss - Quite beautiful. Very dreamy. 9/10

7. If You Don't Want Me To Destory You - Again, very dreamy and incredibly British. Great vocal overdubs. 9/10

8. Bad Behaviour - Sounds like a fuzzed version of Status Quo. Great song. Love the thermin work. 9/10

9. Mario Man - Great changes in dynamics and use of sound. 8/10

10. Hangin' With Howard Marks - Love the lyrics. Guy from Sparks, haha. Great song. 8/10

11. Long Gone - Nice and calm. A bit repetitive though. 7/10

12. For Now & Ever - Reminds me of Weezer. Great end to the album. 8/10

CONCLUSION: Wouldn't say it's a masterpiece, but is incredibly enjoyable.

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 Rings Around The World by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.78 | 16 ratings

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Review by arcane-beautiful

4 stars 100th REVIEW

Yes, I have been doing these since last November and I have done 100 now. Aww, i'm so proud of myself.

Now onto this album.

For those who don't know, Super Furry Animals are a Welsh rock band with psychadellic influences.

Now alot of albums usually start of great, with all the strongest material at the start and more filler material at the end, but this album is almost the oppisite, with all the weak material at the start and all the amazing songs at the end.

Yes, the first half isn't the best, not bad, but not great either, but the 2nd half is just spectacular.

Their crossover style is amazing, taking pop, rock, psychadellic and at times electronica to make some great music. Basically, these guys were doing this before The Flaming Lips decided to make a similar style to theirs.

1. Alternate Route To Vulcan Street - Nice calm song with some nice Beatle esque orchestration. A great intro. Love the piano in this song. 8/10

2. Sidewalk Serfer Girl - Has a very Blur meets Elvis Costello vibe to it (this is very common on this album). Love the distorted stabs. Very Sonic Youth. Nice & dreamy chorus. 8/10

3. (Drawing) Rings Around The World - Nice and jaunty. Love the vocal harmonies in the final chorus. 8/10

4. It's Not The End Of The World? - Way too Beatley. How do they think they are? Oasis? The Rutles? 6/10

5. Receptacle For The Respectable - Ok, this song is pretty cool. Love all the different moods and sounds. The death metal growls at the end are pretty cool as well. 9/10

6. (A)Touch Sensitive - Pretty cool electronica instrumental. 8/10

7. Shoot Doris Day - Again, too Beatley. I do like the chorus though. The lyrics are just stupid, and not even funny. 7/10

8. Miniature - Short and sweet. Haha. 8/10

9. No! Sympathy - I love how well this song flows. I also love the chorus. Great vocal harmonies. Quite Ounk Floydy. The ending is very weird but very cool. Very Aphex Twin. 9/10

10. Juxtaposed With U - Love the vocorder. I don't think I've heard vocorder being used as good as it is in this song (It's even better than Sexual Eruption by Snoop Dogg, God I love that song). Yea, this song is just amazing. So dreamy and Flaming Lips like with an amazing chorus. This song is going to be a song that I won't stop listening to for a while. It's just so good and already thinking about it puts me in a good mood. 10/10

11. Presidential Suite - Blur and Elvis Costello spring to mind again. I do like the lyrics of this song, stupid as they are. This song also reminds me of Flight Of The Conchords. Haha. 9/10

12. Run! Christian, Run! - The vocal harmonies are very Red Hot Chili Peppers. Lovely accordian work and a great chorus. 9/10

13. Fragile Happiness - Great moog work. Nice and laidback. A lovely wee ending. 8/10

CONCLUSION: The first half is a wee bit weak, but the last half is so good. If you don't buy this album, then download the song Juxtaposed With U, never before has one song made an album so good.

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 Dark Days/Light Years by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.00 | 8 ratings

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Review by Drew K

4 stars

I was quite surprised to find out that Super Furry Animals are listed on Progarchives. I can see why they are here though, since they explore a wide range of styles in their music. But if any of their albums is at least remotely resembling Prog, Dark Days/Light Years has to be the one.

The regular cover art (shown on this website) is plainly ugly and doesn't suit the album's overall feeling. There's also another cover, used on the vinyl edition and Japanese version, which isn't pretty too but shows quite well what the album is like (sunny and messy). The CD comprises of twelve songs and every one of them requires some time to get into. Lyrics are hard to decipher sometimes and border at nonsensical, but that's fine with me. The biggest fault I find in this album is the track order. Sadly, the songs have seamless transitions and they can't be rearranged.

Starting things off is a track called Crazy Naked Girls which features quite nonsensical lyric, probably about a frustrated girl becoming a nudist. It gets a tad repetitive after a while but is quite listenable nonetheless. The same applies to tracks number 3 (Moped Eyes) and 5 (Inconvenience - the title really speaks for itself).

The second track and a proper single (download-only though), Mt., is an again-nonsensical stomp about an unusual... mountain (you guessed it!) with Eastern-flavoured strings (are they played backwards or it's just me?). This certainly is one of the album's highlights. Another single on here, this time promo-only, is the drastically different but no less pleasing Inaugural Trams. This is a synth-pop number sung from a town designer's point of view. It finds the SFA at their most joyous and festive. The German part spoken by Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand is amusing too.

The first and, in fact, the only semi-epic is the dreamy Cardiff in the Sun. It's based on repetition but never gets boring. The shala-la-la's add a nice touch to it. It's similar to, say, Takk... era Sigur Růs or Cocteau Twins at their most commercial.

Next comes The Very Best of Neil Diamond, which has a weird Eastern touch and definitely isn't the strongest track here. Better are the next four tracks, to which I usually refer as a quadrilogy. It opens with Helium Hearts which is just a fun song coloured with violin. White Socks/Flip Flops is the best one of the four, featuring a great guitar hook and what seems to be a flute! There's nothing much to say about Where Do You Wanna Go? but it expands into Lliwiau Llachar , which is written in Welsh and is nothing less (but also nothing more) than a lighthearted pop tune.

So we've reached the album's closing piece - Pric. It's a solid, mostly instrumental track with sume bubbly synths and sleighbells towards the end. Now, don't let the last track's timing fool you: of the track's ten minutes, in the last four you'll hear nothing more than some "underwater" synths providing a nice way out for the album. The SFA had more interesting album endings than this though.

Overall, this is a very good album, even if the lyrics are pure nonsense and are packed (especially in the first half) with some vulgar words. The music can get too repetitive at times, but the better tracks outshine the flaws. My track-by-track ratings: Crazy Naked Girls (3.5/5), Mt. (5/5), Moped Eyes (3/5), Inaugural Trams (4.5/5), Inconvenience (3/5), Cardiff in the Sun (5/5), The Very Best of Neil Diamond (3.5/5), Helium Hearts (4/5), White Socks/Flip Flops (4.5/5), Where Do You Wanna Go? (2.5/5), Lliwiau Llachar (3/5), Pric (4.5/5). This gives an average score of 3,83 - therefore I round it up and award the album with 4 stars.

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 Hey Venus! by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.56 | 5 ratings

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars This is probably one of the popiest album from these SFA. Lots of catchy melodies and attractive short songs will certainly please their faithful fan database. For the average proghead, there might be some restriction to the feel.

The usual new wave sound vastly available in their discography is present of course like "Neo Consumer" which reminds me of "Talking Heads". Several tracks are quite dynamic, like the funky "Into The Night" which is quite enjoyable but the whole is too much and short formatted.

The "Human League" oriented "Babe Ate My Eightball" is definitey less appealing. In all, this album is nothing revolutionary: neither for the die-hard fans nor for the casual ones.

The SFA machine is well oiled by now, there are little secret sabout the music they are going to perform, and adventure is no longer an issue (as it was on their good debut "Fuzzy Logic"). There are too little moments to say "wow" in here.

Some relation with "Elvis Costello" is also noticeable while I listen to the fine "Suckers". A good rock ballad full of touch, harmony and tranquillity.

Average album to be honest; even from a classic rock perspective. Two stars.

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 Love Kraft* by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.80 | 9 ratings

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars Almost ten years of extravaganza and seven albums ranging from average to good as far as I am concerned. This "Love Kraft" being another one of these.

It starts with a very good "Zoom" which is probably one of their most refined song: languishing, obsessing, repetitive and gloomy. We are far from their basic pop rock songs (although some are hilarious) but I have to say that I kind of prefer this sort of songs. An excellent start by all means.

But "Zoom" is by far the most interesting song from this "Love Kraft" IMO. The Dylan- esque "The Horn" is all but catchy. Childish, simple and avoidable. This has always been my concern with SFA: bright ideas during some tracks and too loose or basic for most of the time (although very well polished and produced).

Production is a bit overwhelming (strings on "Walk You Home") and somehow denaturizes their original and fresh style. I know that I have compared some of their songs with some "10CC" ones, but the master won't be often matched. But it's most of the time the case while comparing the pupil with the model!

When the band is willing to sound more complex, it kind of fails and falls again under tons of elements which make the song hard to digest ("Lazer Beam"). Fortunately, here and there a song like "Frequency" warms a bit the atmosphere. Their infectious pop rock skills strikes right on target with this great rock ballad. A super melody. Another highlight (with the opening number).

The last couple of songs are driving this album into better territories as well, but I have some problems to rate "Love Kraft" as a three star album. Not sufficiently "crafted" to my ears even if "Cloudberries" is very touching. But these strings all over this album just sound too much ("Cabin Fever").

Two stars.

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 Phantom Power by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.28 | 12 ratings

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars The super furry extravaganza is striking again.

Less fantasy though but their melodic pop oriented song writing is very strong in this album. "Phantom Power" is actually made of quite catchy and very melodic songs which are rather enjoyable to listen to.

Again, the feel is late sixties / early seventies oriented. The Beatles thanks to the melodies, the early Floyd during the psychedelic "Piccolo Snare" . It is one of my fave and one of the most "complex" song available. It is the second longest song from this album and is less accessible than the rest , but it works remarkably well. Some sort of a change after three very good pop songs and one average blues / rocker ("Golden Retriever").

Some let down tracks with both "Father Father - 1 & 2)", but the damage is not too painful since they only last for three minutes altogether. I can add that "Valet Parking" is quite chaotic and the reggae oriented "The Undefeated" is not my cup of tea. Was it to sound even more as "10CC"? I don't know, but this is not matching the model.

The long closing "Slow Life" has some Roxy feel ("Manifesto") during the intro are is quite enjoyable as well. A fine balance with the less catchy songs sitting before. Some electronic beats (but not too much), a melancholic vocal part and some good keys are the components.

"Phantom Power" is a good pop rock album. Three stars.

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