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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. Indisputably one of the best projects Gruff Rhys has ever been involved with.
  2. Candylion isn't a major musical statement, but its idiosyncratic, nostalgic appeal is hard to resist.
  3. 80
    Candylion is a more layered, fully-realised album than 2005's Yr Atal Genhedlaeth. [Feb 2007, p.79]
  4. 74
    A good mix of weird pop and airy singing and good beats. [#24, p.92]
  5. In contrast to... 'Yr Atal Genhedlaeth', which was a bunch of promising, but half-finished song sketches, 'Candylion' is a much more coherent and loveable affair, and up there with some of SFA's better moments.
  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
    8
    Yep, there isn't an album more definitively 8.0!
  2. paule
    Mar 14, 2007
    8
    the more you hear this album the more you will like it
  3. DavidL
    Mar 18, 2007
    8
    "The Court of King Arthur" is the best song SFA never recorded.
  4. StephenU
    Jul 25, 2007
    8
    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. 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
    8
    Very charming and consistent. Better than the last Furries album. Nothing here will blow your head (not even the 12 minute monster at the 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
    7
    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 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