Last Friday night — to and from the Of Montreal
show — Zapp Brannigan’s
automobile was filled with the acoustic sounds of Gruff Rhys
latest, and second solo album, Candylion
. Have you listened to this yet? Neither had I, but it is completely worthwhile — I might go as far as say essential
for brit-pop fans. Between this and the new The Good The Bad And The Queen
I am in an Anglophile’s heaven.
For all you Super Furry Animals fans this one is a no brainer — for everyone else I suppose the most mainstream comparison would be: think a laid back Damon Albarn solo project had he not become enamored with afro-beat and hip-hop. Ah hell, just listen to the mp3 samples below.
By the way, in 2005 I didn’t bother picking up SFA leader Gruff Rhys initial solo album Yr Atal Genhedlaeth as, A) I had read its delivery is completely sung in Welsh, and more importantly , B) it had received mixed reviews. But now, after devouring Candylion the past few days, I may have to seriously re-investigate. Chime in — great, good, fair, poor??
Elsewhere: Watch the video for Gruff Rhys Candylion
MP3: Gruff Rhys :: Candylion
MP3: Gruff Rhys :: Lonesome Words
Amazon: Gruff Rhys – Candylion (import)
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