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PHANTOM POWER

Super Furry Animals

 

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3.28 | 14 ratings

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Their most "lush" album, in some ways weaker than its predecessor but also in some ways stronger. I wouldn't really want to choose a favourite between them though. Again there's no prog here but for a few exceptions of fleeting moments which briefly (and rather vaguely) remind of some early 70's groups. But again, who cares? This album still has some excellent moments - particularly "Sex, War and Robots", "The Piccolo Snare", "Slow Life" and the two "Father Father" tracks. There are some unfortunately less-than-good tracks as well, such as "Valet Parking" and the near-damn tuneless "The Undefeated", which is kind of fun but that's it. Also you could argue the gun shots at the end make for an "interesting listen", but that's not the case really.

I saw this band life when they were touring for this album and it really hightened my appreciation for "Slow Life" (as well as some of the other songs here). "Slow Life" is an SFA tour-de-force and is probably the best track they ever recorded. It has a lovely dreamy feel to it and is totally epic even if it is only 7 minutes long (a short length of time for us progheads!!). It even reminds of "Alternate Route" from the previous album and it's the same case here - while not prog, this album is worth getting just for that song. And since the other songs are mostly good as well I come to the same conclusion; why not? This along with their others makes for a fun and rather diverse listen and they do a great live show, as I'd later re-discover when they toured for their next album "Love Kraft".

Best track: Slow Life

cursestar | 3/5 |

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