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Artist: Super Furry Animals
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: 1999

Review by Isoproponal
4 stars out of 4

In recent years, there's been much excitement over the Welsh rock scene in the UK. Bands like the Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, and the Stereophonics. The Super Furry Animals have gone largely unnoticed. Undeservedly. This, their third album, sees their extraordinary gift for skybound melodies crash headlong into hardcore techno, surreal lyrics about camels and mobile phones, and Caribbean steel drums.

"Wherever I Lay My Phone (That's My Home)" is an truly insane satire on mobile phone culture, taking in just about every imaginable musical genre imaginable during it's thrilling five minutes. It's worth the price of admission alone. Rock-outs like "The Teacher" and "Do Or Die" keep the vibe from getting too laidback, while elsewhere, the beautiful arrangements of "Something's Come From Nothing" and "Fire In My Heart" approach the stellar beauty of the Beach Boys' "Friends". And the introduction "Check It Out" takes on Fatboy Slim and beats him at his own game, and then dismisses that as too easy in the space of two minutes. It's grooooooo-veey.

The record throughout is replete with sumptuous tunes, insane synthesiser squelches and bleeps, and stands apart as one of the most original and entertaining albums to come out of the UK for a long long time - well, since their last one...



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