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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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Dark Days / Light YearsDark Days / Light Years
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Rough Trade 2009
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Rings Around The World (Expanded Edition)Rings Around The World (Expanded Edition)
XL Recordings Ltd 2011
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Love KraftLove Kraft
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Imports 2005
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Guerrilla [Bonus CD]Guerrilla [Bonus CD]
XL Recordings Ltd 2011
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Hey Venus!Hey Venus!
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3.32 | 10 ratings
Fuzzy Logic
1996
3.45 | 11 ratings
Radiator
1997
3.09 | 8 ratings
Guerrilla
1999
2.40 | 8 ratings
Mwng
2000
3.79 | 15 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
4.08 | 7 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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0.00 | 0 ratings
In Space (EP)
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Moog Droog
1995
3.05 | 2 ratings
Ice Hockey Hair
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Slow Life
2004

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 Dark Days/Light Years by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.08 | 7 ratings

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Review by TCat

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
3.32 | 10 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
3.79 | 15 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
4.08 | 7 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 Rós 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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 Rings Around The World by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.79 | 15 ratings

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars After a Welsh interlude (which was not that bad), the band reverts to more conventional lyrics in English. For the global understanding, I can't say that this change is not welcome.

The "Caravan" influence is truly present on this work (it was already perceivable on "Mwng") but at the same time the band offers some good and straight forward rock parts. Such a dual song is "Sidewalk Serfer Girl" although the delectable quite and acoustic sections are very short here.

The band didn't forget their good melodic writing skills and proposed good alternate pop songs as well: just listen to the effective "Rings Around The World" and "At Least ?" to verify this statement. The latter being a sentimental rock ballad with very nice arrangements.

A sixties sound for the Beatles-esque "Receptacle For The Respectable". The highlight in this song is of course the superb vocal harmonies which are flowering like crazy in this beautiful song although the closing part sounds heavier and less harmonious.

If you fancy some good old psychedelia, I can only recommend "Touch Sensitive". An instrumental number which combines some heavy bass and good keys. I quite like the oppressive beat which contrasts with most of the other songs that are more on the melodic side like the following "Shoot Doris Day" which is another exquisite ballad. Some "Klaatu" flavour for sure.

Another good moment from "Rings Around The World". So far, so good?

We remain in the same territories with the early Floydean "No Sympathy". The band always managed to sound as if they were a and from the late sixties / early seventies; and this work is no other except that most of the songs are real good and crafted. This one sounding a bit childish maybe?

The first blunder is the syrupy and disco / reggae oriented "Juxtaposed With U". The magic key here is the "next" one without any doubt. The problem is that last songs from this album are not really on par: a mellow "Presidential Suite" and some country "Run Christian Run" can't really compete with the first nine songs from this album.

It is a pity, because this prevent me to go higher than three stars even if the band is again more inspired during the closing "Fragile Happiness". It is their best album so far IMHHO. Seven out of ten.

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 Mwng by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.40 | 8 ratings

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars The band is well known for his sense of humour and some irresistible musical strokes of inspiration. To be sure that only a very limited number of people would grab their thought, they decided to sing in Welsh this time! Big deal, really?

Several tracks are purely experimental and of little value to my ears (the first two ones). The almost human " Y Gwyneb Iau" sounds almost as a highlight. A nice groove and a dark atmosphere which is welcome. But, actually, there are some fine pop tunes on this album ("Dacw Hi"). Simplistic but effective.

I have already said that most of the song from this band seemed to come out from another age: the same observation applies to "Nythod Cacwn" which seems to be taken out the early psychedelic Floydean period. Another good track after all.

Due to their Welsh singing, one could only imagine that the lyrics from "Ysbeidiau Heulog" should be funny. But that's only a guess which is based on the joyful atmosphere.

The long closing song " Gwreiddiau Dwfn , Mawrth Oer Ar Y Blaned Neifion" (ouch!!!) sounds very sad, almost desperate.

I can't be consider as a huge of the band, but I don't think that this album is any worse than its two predecessors. Experimental pop music probably tinted with an even more hermetic humour than ever before "thanks" to these Welsh lyrics.

Two stars.

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 Guerrilla by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.09 | 8 ratings

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars SFA released quite a weird third album.

There are some catchy songs available like the post punk "Do Or Die" or the melodic "The Turning Tide". Too many songs are on the short (less than three minutes) or very short (under the sixty seconds mark) to be really captivating.

The band investigates different musical genres and some "10CC" feeling are noticeable during "Northern Lites": not only in the rhythm but also the arrangements reflects this. Pleasant. A good start if you would skip the painful opening track.

As I have said for earlier releases, this albums sounds as if it was released in the late seventies. I think of "Night Vision" and its new wave orientation. This song though lacks in freshness and is quite dull and repetitive. And to be honest, I can hardly cope with "Wherever I Lay My Phone" even if the lyrics are quite irresistible (but less funny than the "Ramones" ones). I hope you get the idea?

To try and not fall asleep during "Some Things?" is a difficult exercise. I'm sure you will be able to do it to avoid almost six minutes of deep boredom. Several songs are borderline grotesque ("The Teacher") and reminds to some extent the fantasy of the Dutch band "Supersister".

The same sort of ultra minimalist lyrics are again overused in "Chewing Chewing Gum". At this time of the album, it is a bit "too much". Might be funny for a while, but their sense of humour culminates during the long "Keep the Cosmic Trigger Happy". It is long (over ten minutes) because there is almost an eight minutes blank. Great! After all, these might well be one of the best time from this offering.

I'm not thrilled by this "Guerrilla" stuff. Two stars.

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