Hey Venus! - Super Furry Animals
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9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

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  • Summary: Hey Venus! is the Welsh band's follow-up to Love Kraft.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. It's unabashedly a pop album, and by restraining its inventiveness, the band maintains a warm of sense of Zappa-esque liveliness.
  2. The only shortcoming is how quickly it's all over. Roll on number nine.
  3. 11 years into their career, SFA have produced some of their most beautiful songs yet.
  4. It's fair to say the songs lack the epic sweep of the last couple of albums, but there's still little about Hey Venus! to fault beyond the faint whiff of musical conservatism.
  5. 70
    The lower-key approach pays off here. [Sep 2007, p.138]
  6. What Hey Venus! ultimately is, is a good record of classy pop/rock songs, arranged and produced well, shot through with a degree of personality and skill, and almost completely lacking in the inspired, eclectic madness which made "Radiator and Guerilla" so damn good.
  7. They fail to develop their retro psychedelia influences, and use fairground organs and cutesy strings as lazy shorthand for dreamy nostalgia. The result is a pleasant record that's lacking in personality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. LiamR
    Feb 24, 2008
    10
    I was ready to give this album a 9, and pretty much say how it was a slight disappointment but never the less one of SFA's greatest albums. But then "Baby Ate My Eightball" came on, and I realized that this is once again, a triumph. Collapse
  2. FunFactor
    Sep 5, 2007
    10
    I think the government has paid off every critic to not give the Super Furry Animals their deserved attention. That has to be the only explanation as to why these guys aren't as big of a public deal after eight albums. Do yourself a favor and help these guys get their fame. Expand
  3. sk
    Jan 21, 2008
    10
    An excellent piece of work.again. how can SFA still doing this after all these years? Only Venus could tell... essential.
  4. AlanD.
    Sep 4, 2007
    9
    Getting back to the stuff they do best,quirky narratives and great choruses! Roll on the second part !!
  5. Liz
    Jan 22, 2008
    9
    Pure pop joy. It would get a 10 if it wasn't so short.
  6. Betinh
    Oct 11, 2007
    9
    Fantastic album! I wasnt very impressed with love kraft and phantom power. but this album is one of furries best! i dont get the reviews, well, critics usually follow other critics opinions like sheep, but i was expecting a more positive reception. hey venus is my favourite record of 2007 so far. its catchy, its fun, its delicious, its melodic, its everything a pop record should be. great tunes. Expand
  7. IbanL.
    Jan 4, 2008
    3
    Such a disappointment. After the utterly brilliant "Love Kraft" this is just so poor. This and Ween's release might just be the most disappointing albums of 2007. Expand

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