Gruff Rhys :: Candylion

candylion222.jpgLast 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??

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Gruff Rhys :: Candylion
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