Hotel Shampoo

Hotel Shampoo

by Gruff Rhys
     
 

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Nominally inspired by Gruff Rhys' habit of collecting sample bottles of shampoo at every hotel he's stayed at over the years, Hotel Shampoo is decidedly not a cosmetic concept album, yet it does have an underlying musical theme. Rhys uses this third solo album to slide into his softer side, creating a sweetly hazy, soft pop fantasia that recalls both

Overview

Nominally inspired by Gruff Rhys' habit of collecting sample bottles of shampoo at every hotel he's stayed at over the years, Hotel Shampoo is decidedly not a cosmetic concept album, yet it does have an underlying musical theme. Rhys uses this third solo album to slide into his softer side, creating a sweetly hazy, soft pop fantasia that recalls both Bacharach and the sunnier side of '60s psychedelia. Such softly swirling spaciness has been Rhys' specialty ever since Super Furry Animals hit their stride, but the noteworthy thing about Hotel Shampoo is that he sustains his mood while serving up one of his strongest set of songs. The textures are tunes that are familiar yet not comfortable; they take twists and turns, with the melodies following unexpected contours and the arrangements colored with contrasting hues and textures. There's a lot going on, but Hotel Shampoo never seems cluttered. It flows easily, so easily that it becomes an album to get lost in.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2011
Label:
Turnstile Import
UPC:
5051083055314
catalogNumber:
8305531

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gruff Rhys   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Vibes,Korg
Mario Caldato   Overdubs
Danny Frankel   Percussion
David Ralicke   Brass
Harriet Davies   Violin
Marcus Holdaway   Cello
Gorwel Owen   Banjo,Piano,Stylophone,Jupiter
Gary Alesbrook   Trumpet
Owen Evans   Bass
Morven Bryce   Violin
Perro del Mar   Vocals
John Thomas   Pedal Steel Guitar
Miles Kane   Guitar
Elspeth Cowey   Violin
Chris Walmsley   Drums
Andrew Kinsman   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Burt Bacharach   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Sean O'Hagan   String Arrangements
Craig Silvey   Engineer
Gruff Rhys   Engineer
Joe Watson   Engineer
Andy Votel   Engineer
Peter Fowler   Artwork
David Wrench   Engineer
John Thomas   Engineer
Mark James   Artwork

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