Hotel Shampoo - Gruff Rhys
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  • Summary: The Super Furry Animals Welsh musician's third solo album, full of influences -- ranging from Latin to lounge music -- is both inventive and mellow.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Dec 9, 2011
    90
    There's a lot going on, but Hotel Shampoo never seems cluttered. It flows easily, so easily that it becomes an album to get lost in.
  2. Mar 1, 2011
    80
    Super Furry Animal ditches band and experimentation for the simple life. [March 2011, p. 114]
  3. Jun 6, 2011
    80
    Rhys has weightier material in his body of work, but for sheer pop pleasure this album can't be beat.
  4. May 23, 2011
    73
    This is Rhys wholly in his wheelhouse: offering up a handful of standalone highlights and clever deep cuts, hitting pleasure centers along the way, and quietly adding to a catalogue as deceptively substantial as anyone currently working the pop circuit with fifteen years behind and at least another fifteen ahead.
  5. Apr 19, 2011
    70
    Whether driving a military tank through Glastonbury or recording a synth-pop tribute to playboy '80s auto mogul John Delorean, Super Furry Animals' frontman makes the gimmicky sublime.
  6. Apr 6, 2011
    60
    Super Furry frontman's third solo venture, its title inspired by hair product freebies. [March 2011, p. 98]
  7. Mar 3, 2011
    50
    Hotel Shampoo is the sound of craft triumphing over inspiration.

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  1. Oct 3, 2011
    4
    The frontman of highly creative Super Furry Animals and an enthusiast of the Welsh language in one invites you on a sunny holiday. Clean beaches, exotic drinks, summer flirts included. Oh, and a bunch of sharks. The opener Shark Ridden Waters is a true psychedelic pop gem with a fantastic usage of recurring percussion. Sophie Softly invokes a memory of old video games through a cool electronic backing. However, Rhysâ Expand