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Candylion

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Technically, Candylion isn't the first solo album by Super Furry Animals' frontman Gruff Rhys, but it's his first to be sung in English. More importantly, it has the form and feel of a pop album, which 2005's Yr Atal Genhedlaeth lacked. In that sense, it's a debut, but this 2007 venture also represents a slight break from SFA's recent past, too, even if it's not a radical break. Lighter and hardly as fussy as anything the Furries have done since Guerrilla, Candylion is lithe and cheerful, lacking both the proggy pomp and electronic eclecticism that rendered recent SFA albums alluring and maddening in equal measure. In their place are sunny melodies, propelled ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Technically, Candylion isn't the first solo album by Super Furry Animals' frontman Gruff Rhys, but it's his first to be sung in English. More importantly, it has the form and feel of a pop album, which 2005's Yr Atal Genhedlaeth lacked. In that sense, it's a debut, but this 2007 venture also represents a slight break from SFA's recent past, too, even if it's not a radical break. Lighter and hardly as fussy as anything the Furries have done since Guerrilla, Candylion is lithe and cheerful, lacking both the proggy pomp and electronic eclecticism that rendered recent SFA albums alluring and maddening in equal measure. In their place are sunny melodies, propelled forward by flutes, gurgling synths, and acoustic guitars that never succumb to dippy folkiness. This is a breezy affair, almost drifting away in the breeze like so many needles from a dandelion, and that's the niftiest thing about it; it gives the album a cheerful, warm vibe. Ultimately, Candylion is the sound of Gruff Rhys relaxed, simply letting the music flow easily, and after hearing Super Furry Animals labor hard at crafting self-conscious masterpieces, this is a welcome reminder of the scruffy, clever charm of Rhys at his inventive peak.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Team Love Records
  • UPC: 898348001328
  • Catalog Number: 13
  • Sales rank: 54,611

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gruff Rhys Primary Artist
Sally Herbert Violin
Marcus Holdaway Cello
Gorwel Owen Percussion, Tamboura, Stylophone
Jacqueline Norrie Violin
Brian G. Wright Violin
Laura Melhuish Violin
Owen Evans Double Bass
Jonathan Thomas Pedal Steel Guitar
Felipe Pinaud Flute
Amanda Britton Violin
Samantha Caldato Vocals
Lisa Jen Vocals
Siwan Puw sleigh bells
Technical Credits
Mark James Artwork, Art Direction
Mario Caldato Jr. Engineer, Flute Overdub, Percussion Engineer, Vocal Overdubs
Sally Herbert Engineer
Sean O'Hagan String Arrangements
Brian Wright Engineer
Marcus Holdaway String Arrangements
Gorwel Owen Engineer
Gruff Rhys Composer, beats
Marc Lane Engineer
Peter Fowler Artwork
Jacqueline Norrie Engineer
Laura Melhuish Engineer
Amanda Britton Engineer
Stewart Hawkes Mastering
Rhodri Puw Bell Arrangements
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