Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Gruff Rhys - Y Gwybodusion

The last two Super Furry Animals albums left me more than a little unsatisfied, so when I heard that frontman Gruff Rhys was working on a solo album I was anxious to hear what it might sound like. While initially the songs exceeded my expectations, I think overall it still falls somewhere within the realm of the other recent SFA stuff in terms of quality. There are a few stand out tracks, along with a handful of tunes that don't quite go anywhere. At least the good stuff is really good, and the straightforward Beach Boys-esque harmonies remind me of earlier SFA albums like Radiator. The songs are all in Welsh, similar to the Super Furry album Mwng, but Rhys has provided some rough translations on his website. The album itself is called Yr Atal Genhedlaeth (The Stuttering Generation).

» Bonus Track: Ni Yw Y Byd
» Bonus Track: Pwdin Wy 1
» Buy it on Amazon

1 comment:

Dan said...

I've had this for over a year now (I believe it was released in the UK, Jan 2005)

A worthy companion piece to the SFA back catalogue.