Candylion - Gruff Rhys
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  • Summary: Unlike his Welsh-language solo debut, the more accessible 'Candylion' finds the Super Furry Animals leader singing mainly in English.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Gruff Rhys is one of our most imaginative and original musicians.
  2. Qualities like intelligence, eclecticism and imagination sometimes seem to be in short supply in the music industry - Candylion encapsulates all these qualities and more and deserves a far wider audience than the cult status it will undoubtedly settle into.
  3. Rather than going over board with effects, Rhys has boiled down his band’s signature weirdness into a light and airy ’ 60's psychedelic folk pop album that never misses a beat. [#17, p.92]
  4. 74
    A good mix of weird pop and airy singing and good beats. [#24, p.92]
  5. 70
    An excellent collection of space folk and ramshackle Tropicalia that matches the wild-eyed absurdism... of his band's better output. [Apr 2007, p.94]
  6. Ultimately, Candylion is more annoying than entertaining.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. AdamX
    Mar 6, 2007
    Yep, there isn't an album more definitively 8.0!
  2. paule
    Mar 14, 2007
    the more you hear this album the more you will like it
  3. DavidL
    Mar 18, 2007
    "The Court of King Arthur" is the best song SFA never recorded.
  4. StephenU
    Jul 25, 2007
    A great album that holds up very well. If this were the product of a new artist with no SFA ties I would be very excited about his future. SFA's recent milquetoast offerings pale in comparison to this and the single from the upcoming SFA lp, "Show Your Hand" is NOT a harbinger of a return to form by the Furries. Perhaps Gruff needs to go solo permanently. Expand
  5. andesL
    Mar 20, 2007
    Very charming and consistent. Better than the last Furries album. Nothing here will blow your head (not even the 12 minute monster at the end) but there is some fine songwriting. Expand
  6. SeanP.
    Mar 7, 2007
    Pretty good, nothing more. Like Thom Yorke's solo album, i listen to this one wishing the rest of the band was around. Not even close to SFA's best stuff, but better than most music out there now. I'm confused though, at metacritic's formula. So, as i type this, the overall score is 80 with 14 reviews. Nine of those 14 are right at 80, none higher. The other five reviews are 74 and below, one even as low as 40. Yet the overall score is still 80?! Expand