American Interior - Gruff Rhys
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  • Summary: The fourth full-length solo release for the former Super Furry Animal was inspired by his 18th century ancestor, explorer John Evans, who mapped the Missouri River.
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  1. May 1, 2014
    100
    Its songs are not weighed down by the Evans concept, and are hugely enjoyable on their own merits.
  2. May 15, 2014
    80
    These are epic soundtracks for the lost adventurer within us all. [Jun 2014, p.91]
  3. May 1, 2014
    80
    There’s a gleefully brash use of whatever’s at hand that recalls the one-man-band approach to his solo debut, Yr Atal Genhedlaeth, but American Interior is also a far better exploration of Americana than Super Furry Animals’ Love Kraft turned out to be.
  4. Nov 10, 2014
    80
    That it doesn't always evoke the exotic myth of the Welsh Indians is an attribute; he's wound up creating his own wildly romantic vision of America from the story of Prince Madoc and John Evans, and it's something to behold.
  5. 70
    A mid-section of orchestral Bacharach lounge pop, hints of Gorillaz afro-hop on ‘Allweddellau Allweddol’, the glitchy gospel of ‘The Swamp’ and some glacial grandeur on ‘Walk Into The Wilderness’ and 'Year Of The Dog' bring a sense of nobility and glory to the tale of this tribe-hunting madman.
  6. May 19, 2014
    70
    It isn't quite as lovely as 2012's Hotel Shampoo and it isn't as otherworldly as his 2005 solo debut, Yr Atal Genhedlaeth, but it does manage to push his freewheeling spirit to the fore throughout and there truly is a sense that journeys long and important are being taken within and alongside the music
  7. May 6, 2014
    60
    A work of typically broad imagination, not everything on American Interior fully clicks into place. Yet when it does, there’s more than enough to suggest that Rhys need not cease his eternal voyaging.

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