Dark Days/Light Years - Super Furry Animals
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Welsh band releases its ninth album features Franz Ferdinand’s Nick McCarthy rapping in German on 'Inaugural Trams.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. For their ninth studio album, the Welsh quintet go heavy on vamps, riffs, and refrains; the result is their most spontaneous and blissfully lax effort since 2000's "Mwng."
  2. With a sprawling soundscape and off-the-wall lyrics, Dark Day/Light Years is a quite trip--often in more ways than one.
  3. Dark Days/Light Years is their finest collection since 2003's "Phantom Power," a purple patch perhaps inspired by the band members' dalliances in various solo projects.
  4. Blissful and vibrant, Dark Days is a party album, but one with a soothing, trance-inducing quality. Best listened to loudly and in a communal setting.
  5. Playfullly irreverent and magpie-like as ever, and stuffed with inspired pop weirdness and great titles. [May 2009, p.119]
  6. So, business as usual then; SFA have made another enormously enjoyable record, but one that is unlikely to ‘do an Elbow’ and suddenly make them a serious mainstream proposition again.
  7. 50
    Flashes of fun appear--dig the glam-Sabbath stomp of 'Inconvenience'--but most of Dark could use more color.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. sdl1986sdl1986
    Jun 6, 2009
    10
    Infinitely replayable and becoming my favorite SFA album ever. These guys have been on the longest winning streak of any band I know. Peerless.
  2. paolo
    Apr 21, 2009
    10
    They never fails to deliver. Amazing album!
  3. MikeL
    Apr 28, 2009
    9
    Different again. They will never fail to sound original with each release. Cant wait to see 'The Very Best Of Neil Diamond' live!!!
  4. TomJ
    Apr 22, 2009
    8
    At first I wasn't so sure about this album. Of course every SFA fan has been very excited about a new release by them, and so I have been. It's always great to hear some new stuff from one of the best indie/rock bands of the last 2 decades. Now back to the album. Like I said before, it took me a few listens to really get into the songs on DD/LY, because their style has changed a bit. On the other hand I think only SFA could have produced an album like this one. pop elements mixed with grunchy guitar riffs, electronic beats and instruments and disco-esque rythyms mixed into a whole. Those experiments made it that it took me two or three listens before I could really appreciate the album. Thankfully I could eventually. Dig this album people, it has been really worth the wait! Expand
  5. matta
    Apr 23, 2009
    8
    Ok, so anything these guys do will at least be good. But this is not as revelatory as the critics and users saying. Definitely better than Love Kraft, but not an improvement over Hey Venus! (which was criminally underrated) like everyone is saying. Still, none of those hold a torch to Rings and Phantom. Expand
  6. GanJ
    May 17, 2009
    6
    Dan's right, it's not the most inspired sounding record despite the critics' praise. The opening clunker: Crazy Naked Girls augers a lukewarm expedition at best. There's really not much here to my ears that stands out as vital or relevant. Expand
  7. ChrisB
    May 17, 2009
    0
    This album is an abortion.

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