Phantom Power - Super Furry Animals

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Phantom Power sees the down-to-earth Welsh band moving away from genre-hopping and rough juxtapositions, and beginning to blend their influences into an evenly spread melange that simply sounds like a highly evolved pop band.
  2. 90
    An album of hope and humour and beauty, Phantom Power is frequently as deep and mysterious as the title intimates. [Aug 2003, p.100]
  3. 90
    A fabulous record, a baffling, joyful, touching, frustrating, silly, totally seductive album that you can lose yourself in for an hour, a day, a week. [Aug 2003, p.92]
  4. Their most focused, energetic pop record since 'Radiator'.... Certainly, 'Phantom Power' shows up Radiohead's timid adventures, while giving The Coral something to aim for too.
  5. 100
    Simultaneously joyous and joyless, all downloaded beats, downhearted lyrics and down-the-hatch daring. [Aug 2003, p.113]
  6. Bugger if the Furries haven't gone and exceeded their own expectations with this, a total stonker of a new record that cannot fail to excite and delight on, oh, so many levels.
  7. There's a newfound depth to the Furries' music, a sense that no matter how hard the band tries to keep things positive, the darkness in the world has managed to encroach on its outlook and musical approach.
  8. 100
    It is every bit the equal of recent pop classics like the Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin, Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, or The Shins' Oh, Inverted World.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. DJC
    Mar 29, 2009
    Will super furyy animals ever make a bad album. They just seem to keep on giver it all and delivering great results. This is more accesable than their earlier work. It's also some of their best. Full Review »
  2. emilywild
    May 6, 2008
    The fact that this album has no albums in the yellow is a testament to its brilliance. This is still the best SFA album to date and it is hard to imagine them topping this absolute gem and best album of 2003. Full Review »
  3. TylerL
    Jan 21, 2006
    I think that Phantom Power is one of the top cds of our modern era