Praxis Makes Perfect

  • Record Label: Lex
  • Release Date: Apr 30, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Jun 4, 2013
    Each of these 10 songs is a piece in the Feltrinelli puzzle, resulting in an album whose ambition suitably matches its subject’s big ideas.
  2. May 21, 2013
    When it's good it's great, and it's never bad; Gruff Rhys' lyrics are mostly thoughtful and tastefully poetic throughout, but Feltrinelli's complex tale perhaps needed to be fleshed out further, with more twists and turns and the peaks more evenly placed.
  3. May 7, 2013
    The appeal of the album lies in its musicianship and perfect production.
  4. May 6, 2013
    The record alone makes for the latest solid effort from these two outsize talents, but the stage show ought to be the ideal way to enjoy it
  5. May 1, 2013
    Praxis’ songs are too closely tied to their subject to work outside of the album in any notable context, which leaves us with the album itself--a confused mess of synth noodlings and half-formed ideas.
  6. Apr 30, 2013
    In the end, Praxis Makes Perfect is an uneven mix of gleaming ’80s homages and tunes burdened by their own ambition.
  7. Apr 29, 2013
    This is a wonderfully entertaining collection of pop songs that just happen to be well-versed in history and political and economic theories.
  8. 70
    Ultimately the confusion and convolution is all part of the charm on this adventure into a world of history and imagination. It doesn't hit the peaks of 'Stainless Style', but is still a record worth investing time in.
  9. Gruff’s gorgeous voice helps humanise Feltrinelli. Never more so than on “Hoops With Fidel”, which, rather than demonising him and Castro, conveys the ideal of international revolution as a beautiful thing. As beautiful, in fact, as this album.
  10. Apr 29, 2013
    What Praxis Makes Perfect might lack in fresh musical directions--their percolating analogue-digital pop remains little altered--it makes up for in apposite italophile detail.
  11. 60
    Sadly, the decision to tell Feltrinelli's story in the same period technopop music as Stainless Style sabotages its impact.
  12. Apr 26, 2013
    Praxis Makes Perfect only suffers in comparison to its predecessor in that it lacks a clear standout track in the same vein as Stainless Style’s ‘I Told Her On Alderaan’, but it works better as a cohesive record.
  13. Apr 26, 2013
    Lacking both the complexity of the Super Furry Animals' playful psychedelia or the intimate warmth of Rhys’ solo work, it’s nevertheless an appealing curio and trailblazer in the small sphere of biographical concept albums.
  14. Apr 25, 2013
    This time their subject is the Italian publisher and leftwing activist Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, and that satisfying feeling of sound enhancing story is missing. What you get instead are some ridiculously buoyant tunes advocating social justice.
  15. Apr 24, 2013
    What stops the record being preposterous, what keeps it charming and fun throughout, what makes it okay for ‘Mid Century Modern Nightmare’ to rhyme “bourgeoisie” with “cups of tea” is the presence of Gruff.
  16. Apr 24, 2013
    Side project, collaboration or fully fledged act, Neon Neon have a Mercury nomination under their belts--and now a follow-up LP that, for better or worse, peddles the same worthy wares.
  17. Uncut
    Apr 23, 2013
    Some nice wordplay and a sultry cameo from Asia Argento ensure that Praxis Makes Perfect is fun, if musically flimsy. [May 2013, p.75]
  18. Mojo
    Apr 23, 2013
    Praxis achieves the tricky balancing act between playful and poignant. [May 2013, p.90]
  19. Q Magazine
    Apr 23, 2013
    Concise at just 30 minutes, perhaps explaining why "the concept" is not fully realised, but it's still unlikely you'll hear a better anti-fascist-Marxist-electro-pop record all year. [May 2013, p.106]
  20. Apr 23, 2013
    Instrumentally, the record has all the hallmarks of Super Furry Animals meeting Boom Bip--Rhodes and Wurlitzer, squelchy analogue synths, guitars and keyboards, metronomically tight live drums, Rhys’ brilliantly Welsh-accented American falsetto. Musically and lyrically it also possesses all of the keen humour of the former, modest and understated to a tee.
  21. 60
    While Praxis Makes Perfect does boast some terrific, shimmering, moments, it simultaneously puts hurdles in the way of an easy listen, especially towards the end where it all gets a bit... well, dull.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 20, 2013
    Decent album that could've been better. Best songs are "The Jaguar" and "Shopping (I Like To)," which is a pretty brainless and sarcastic popDecent album that could've been better. Best songs are "The Jaguar" and "Shopping (I Like To)," which is a pretty brainless and sarcastic pop celebration of commercialism. They played it safe, so I'm giving them a safe rating. Full Review »