Mwng - Super Furry Animals
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  • Summary: The Furries return with an entire album of Welsh-language songs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Smart, melodic, catchy songs that not only have strong, wonderful structures, but are graced with inventive, clever arrangements.
  2. One of the most extraordinary indie sets since the Olivia Tremor Control's Dusk At Cubist Castle.
  3. What SFA have done here is beautifully sublime, and they've done it without ploy or pretension.
  4. 'Mwng' or 'Mane' (as in horses) is a purely Welsh language album and is a theoretically disorientating and complex, but triumphantly audacious, experience.
  5. Horns, keyboards and acoustic guitars dominate the 10 tracks here, with an overall live sound that steers clear of the studio effects the band embraced with their last release, Guerrilla.
  6. At its best, this is strangely charming, chiming pop music with a twist. At other times, the bare-boned production hampers the inventiveness, rendering a track such as Y Teimlad (The Feeling) a workmanlike Velvet Underground retread rather than the thing of symphonic beauty it briefly threatens to be.
  7. Minimizing their usual production trickery in favor of live-in-the-studio ensemble thrust, these merry pranksters swim in classic-psychedelia grooves while offering oodles of art-rock allusion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. WillieL
    Aug 14, 2006
    8
    I speak Welsh. So I know what they're on about (even though Gruff Rhys has a distinctively northen accent). Its excellent.

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