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Rings Around The World

Super Furry Animals

2001

Rings Around The World

Album Summary

Rings Around the World is the fifth studio album and the major label debut by Super Furry Animals. Released on 23 July 2001 by Epic Records in the United Kingdom, it was the first album by any artist to be simultaneously released on both audio CD and DVD. The record reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and includes the singles "Juxtapozed with U", "(Drawing) Rings Around the World" and "It's Not the End of the World?". The album, which singer Gruff Rhys describes as "a very ambitious project", was recorded between April and September 2000 at Monnow Valley Studios in Rockfield, Monmouthshire, Wales and Bearsville Studios, New York with the band acting as co-producers alongside Chris Shaw. The majority of the songs on Rings Around the World were written by Rhys on guitar and piano with keyboardist Cian Ciaran contributing "[A] Touch Sensitive" and "Miniature" as well as collaborating with other members of the band on "Run! Christian, Run!", "Alternate Route to Vulcan Street" and "No Sympathy". Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and former Velvet Underground member John Cale make cameo appearances on the album. Musically Rings Around the World is an eclectic record incorporating pop, prog, punk, jungle, electronica, techno and death metal. Rhys has offered several explanations of the album's lyrical content, claiming the record is "about Earth, and the pollution of space" and also that it addresses the human condition. Critics meanwhile have referred to the record as "thematically eccentric" and lacking an "overarching theme". Critical reception was generally positive, with the album being nominated for 2001's Mercury Music Prize and placing at #1 in Mojo's "best albums of 2001" feature. Some reviews claimed it to be the best record of the band's career although the NME described it as the band's worst album.

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Rating

3

Votes

4755

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Britpop
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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

I was expecting electronic music going by the cover, but instead it's more UK rock. This shit all just sounds the same - it's not bad, but I'm bored of the sound. It's really.... pretentious/ambitious/etc, but it's actually just long, pompous pop songs and a lot of samples, vocal layering etc. I mean there's a song called "juxtaposed" ffs. 2/5. Would have been a 3 but it just goes way too long.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

meh

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Tue Mar 23 2021
2

Listenable but not likeable.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
2

What's this? Cover looks like potentially electronica? No. I mean yes, but really, no. Also, no thank you. This album is a mess. Nothing especially landed with me, and nothing made it gel as an album either. I didn't hate ever song, but also none were outstanding. Surely there are 1001 albums in the world better than this one.

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Tue Oct 13 2020
5

Right up my alley. Loved the switches between harmonic and abrasive sounds

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

So far this has been the most unexpectedly amazing album on the list. How have I not heard about this album? Loved it.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

I need to listen to this again, there’s a lot going on here, but in a good way. I feel like I hear twenty different acts that influenced this, and also at least twenty other acts that were influenced by this. I’m impressed. It’s getting a 3 today, but I expect that score to increase the more I listen to it

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

this album is okay some songs sound really good but there’s a lot of elements on here that remind of the beach boys and that’s not bad but I think they could have been more original with this psychedelic sound as this album is made like 40 years after The Beach Boys were active. There’s some songs on here that I don’t enjoy but most of them are good or okay especially the last 4 songs or so I really liked da . 7/10

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Sat Apr 24 2021
2

I still really don't like this group. Although this album sounds more psychadelic/spacey a la Flaming Lips and is better than Fuzzy Logic, I still find the lead vocalist's singing to be annoying and I could barely make it thru the entire album.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

Somewhere in the territory between boring and actively unpleasant most of the time. Genuinely my favourite moment in this record was the second or so of silence between the end of the dire Receptacle for the Respectable and the start of [A] Touch Sensitive.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
1

A failed attempt at fusing and melding different music styles. No place on this list.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
1

I'm down with vagueness, especially when it corresponds to ambiguity, but this type of unplaceable nostalgia is all artifice. It's a distancing act between perfomer and audience, form and meaning. It's a period piece made solely so the performers can raid the costume cupboard. It might be tolerable if they weren't so insist that "floaty" and "evocative" are the same thing.

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Thu Sep 10 2020
5

Honestly one of the best albums I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to. It’s fun, every track has incredible song progression, and it never gets stuck in one specific sound.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Genre bending prog that's full of surprises. His voice reminds me of Damon Albarn at points but really doesn't sound like anything I've heard before. Some of the songs are hilarious in both their writing and progression, like the industrial noise outro of No Sympathy that transitions into the lounge strings of Juxtaposed with U. Also loved the places that Receptacle for the Respectable took me. Presidential Suite also gets an honourable mention. Loved it all.

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Sat May 29 2021
5

I think this solidified my love of the Cool Cymru movement. Phenomenal stuff, psychedelia that isn't all about the trip if that makes sense.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

I truly wasn't expecting the wide variety of styles in this album, or how they'd be so artfully combined into a cohesive album that managed to hang together despite covering so much musical territory. I will definitely revisit this album going forward, as well as tell others to check it out. Top Track - No Sympathy.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

first of all i’d been wanting to check out super furry animals some time soon so i’m glad they were recommended to me today when the genre said rock i was kinda worried bc i don’t like anything too heavy but this was a pleasant surprise. rly chill, rly enjoyed listening

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Blunt vocals coupled by translational instrumentals scores. Appreciated each song of this album for its different moods. Can’t complain about any part of this album.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
5

Really interesting. I personally loved the cinematic feel to this album

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

Gaaf!

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Sat Jul 31 2021
5

Neat rock album! Very interesting. Not a bad track on the album.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
5

Nice memories of this one

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Probably my favourite Super Furries album, and I'm pretty sure I saw them live on the tour supporting it, and that was one of my all time favourite gigs. Fave track - "Run! Christian! Run!" - absolutely blew my tiny mind when I saw it live, and it's been one of my favourite tracks by any band ever since....

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

It’s a surprise to have a second Super Furry Animals album. I’m curious to see how this varies from Fuzzy Logic. Right away I noticed the difference. Some cool harmonies - “Rings Around the World” is like a 21st successor to The Beach Boys by way of ELO with the noise turned up. I love it! Nice harmonies throughout, some clever lyrics, and a whole lot of great sounds to take in. Horns that could have come from Burt Bacharach, lounge music, grinding guitars, electronica, beach-friendly harmonies, weird sci fi effects and a lot more merge into some catchy, catchy songs. Really unique and really wonderful! Speaking of lyrics: “You expose the film in me” “I got some feelings I can’t get through, I’ll just binge on crack and tiramisu” “You came to me in peace and left me in pieces” “I’m not in love with you, but I won’t hold that against you” “With knives to their throat they’ll depart on the midnight train to Jordan” “But I’m in Deep Space Nine, Hitting wormholes all the time” And how about that ending to “No Sympathy”?! YES! Then dive into the oh so robot lounge-y “Juxtaposed With You.” OH YES! The 1001 gods have been serving up some good, unique albums lately. When I first saw this I worried it wouldn’t hold up. I’m glad to find it’s a great album I’m very happy to have around!

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

killer!

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Generally, and typically excellent, but gets an extra star for Run Christian Run, which is up there as one of my favourite tracks ever

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Fri Oct 09 2020
4

Ring ring!!

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Mon Nov 09 2020
4

Pleasantly enjoyable. Like a fusion between ELO and post-AM Arctic Monkeys.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Pretty cool with some tracks I didn't like

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Great songs, production could make more of the lovely voices.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Fedt album. Mange gode harmonier og gode numre. Har en specielt blandingslyd. Desværre lider nogle af numrene lidt for meger af eksperimentering til at give top karakter. Men absolut et godt album. 4 stjerner måske 4.5 efter flere genemlyt

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Trippy

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Enjoyed this.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

At the height of their powers. Such an enjoyable album! Freaky and wavy and odd, but also just lovely pop rock songs. I have overlooked the lyrics before, but there is some great stuff in there.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Very interesting

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

This was new to me, and I really enjoyed it. I like when bands can navigate little experiments and moments of genre bending as seamlessly as they do. They really caught my attention at "[A] Touch Sensitive" and perhaps my favorite was "Juxtapozed with U."

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

This is why I’m doing this project. I’ve never even heard of this group let alone listened. This is wild.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Chill and I liked all the places it went.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

I wasn't aware of this one and it turned out to be a very pleasant listen. The mix of songs is very eclectic with each one sounding significantly different than the previous- keeping the listener on their toes. I'll revisit this one for sure.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

A wide range of sounds and genre mix-ins, pretty interesting. I had never heard of these guys before. Smooth listening, catchy melodies.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Probably my favorite album so far on this journey. I liked how many different influences you could hear. I had never heard any of these songs before, and that makes me sad. Will be listening to this again. Top 3: Alternate route to Vulcan Street, Receptacle for the Respectable, [A] Touch Sensitive

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Sun May 16 2021
4

Just a whole lot of fun. Beautiful melodies giving way to strange, psychedelic riffing. The vocal timbre of the singer is also pleasant. Really enjoyable!

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Sun May 16 2021
4

FUN

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Surprisingly down to earth, and VERY funny!

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Banger

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Kinda weird, but I liked it.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Just my kind of vibe. Gives me very big Moody Blues energy with a modern twist. I wanna dive deeper into these guys.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Brilliantly Beatlesque in places, electronically wacky in others. Eclectic!

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

really enjoyable! first time listening to supper furry animals.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

RATW introduced SFA to a wider audience with more of a polished sound that didn’t take away from their previous eccentricities. Great singles including Juxtaposed & End Of The World while the country tinged Run Christian Run was a mellow direction for them. Their run of albums including RATW is sublime, sensational band. SFA OK!

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

I really liked this album. I had heard Juxtaposed With U, but not really too familiar with the Super Furries apart from that. It was definitely up my street. Gorgeous and mellow, with lots of interesting instruments.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

This is a new artist and new music for me. Some of the tracks remind me of things that I listen to. "No Sympathy" starts off sounding like a something from Phish in the mid-nineties, finishing with a twist ending (not so much like Phish). "Juxtapozed with U" reminded me of some of the music from Damon Albarn and the Gorillaz. "Alternate Route to Vulcan Street" was a good way to start the album. We'll call that track my "favorite" for the album. The album was interesting enough that I'd probably listen again. (3.5 stars)

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Pleasantly surprised by this one! Very 2001 in its deployment of techno-city. Got a lot of late stage Elvis Costello in this. And more than anything, really loved Shoot Doris Day. I may start listening to this band!

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Super fun

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Good background rock music, would listen again

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Pretty varied album, good work background music.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

I hear some Manic Street Preachers in their sound. Maybe Oasis too. 70s AOR. Mr. Bungle. Turns out they are from Wales. Will be checking out more of their material.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Some great songs. Goes to places I didn't expect. Benefits from multiple listens.

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Sun May 16 2021
4

Really enjoyed this, but felt it fell off a bit towards the end.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

ONE OF THOSE GREAT 90s EXPERIMENTAL ROCK ALBUMS THAT EXTOLLED THE VIRTUES OF FREEDOM.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

Way more exciting than I thought Super Furry Animals were, loved the breakdowns and different styles in the songs.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Really enjoyed this one.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

-Really love how the tempo of the drums in the first three songs slowly increased -Obvious Beatles influence -Sings very much like the guy from Blur and Radiohead -Really interesting and new seems to challenge the boundaries of music with panning and dominant drums and bass, recommend to sam -Really like how it has such a wide assortment of musical styles on it yet you still manage to feel that it is all part of the same album because of the constant drums.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Wow, i wasnt expecting this at all. I kept my hand in my chest all time. A great record

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Glad I got to hear this band that I didn't knew existed. They reminded me of blur, so it was cool.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

3.5

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Another tough one. I wasn't familiar with and really liked it, so definitely 3.5. As I sit here the next day, I DO actually want to listen to it again, so it's getting a 4. An interesting sound overall, I'm not even quite sure how to describe it. Indie rock I guess, but it doesn't have that worn out generic indie rock sound? It had a touch of weirdness to it. I dunno, pretty good though.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

Overall a good album. Very eclectic. I didn’t like it all but I did like most of it. I could listen again.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Bit weird sounding at first, with ProgRock/Psycholedia/Instrumental parts mixed with some slow ballad-type songs but if one embraces the weirdness it ends up being quite a nice ride

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

😎 Surprising good 😎

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

I like it! Similar vibes to early OK go and Flaming Lips

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

Really solid album with very cool instrumentals and themes. Lots of fun and catchy songs

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Pretty good! I enjoyed what I listened to. Will revisit.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Britpop albums like this have had a mixed record with me so far, but this is one of the good ones. The vocals sounded like the Doves and the production was a lot more abrasive and electronic than I expected. Fav songs: a touch sensitive, run! Christian, run!

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Like a happy OK Computer with awkward lyrics - it’s better than expected

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Huge "Spiritualized" vibes on this one. Very chill listen.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Would have rated it higher on the memory of loving it 20 years ago, but it is not quite a five star record for me now. Still really enjoyed it though, and hope more sfa comes up in future. Favourite songs were the (sort of) title track, juxtaposed with u, and run! Christian, run!

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

Surprised I missed this when it first came out. There are elements of many different musical tastes throughout the (very expansive) album. It's like lounge-Beck w/ mixtures of jazz, folk, and mellow rock. I'm listening to the 20th-anniversary release, which includes remastered and remixed versions (not sure if those are included in the original.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Out there, maaaaaan. Reminds me of Pulp, the Beatles, and the Flaming Lips in distinct parts. Very trippy. Slightly overstays its welcome, but still a pretty neat listen. Favorite tracks: "A Touch Sensitive", "Subway Serfer Girl"

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Awesome, SFA are the best band out of Wales, Manic Street Preachers are really the only other I know… It’s really a fantastic record, Gruff Rhys is a genius. So many styles from acoustic ballads, techno beats to metal screaming it’s all here.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

I actually liked it. Good vibes and lyrically fun. I enjoyed the layers textures of sound. It reminded me of another band that I can’t put my finger on…

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

4/5. Solid pop rock/ a lil experimental.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Another great find!

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Sun May 01 2022
4

Far lovelier than I remember, and I remember it being nice anyway.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Not sure it will make it into my rotation, but it was rich and diverse. Surprising and pleasant.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

I never listened to this band much when they were putting stuff out, and - honestly - I probably would have hated it at the time. But now, it’s hitting me at the right time. I can’t even explain what I like about it - the music is cool, there is some fun wordplay, but nothing objectively special. Still - I really like it.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Lovely off-kilter indie rock from the pre-Funeral era. Brings me back to a time alongside Elephant 6 that I have a lot of nostalgia for.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

I like this one about as much as I liked their "Fuzzy Logic" a few months ago. This one seems a bit more serious but I can hear the influence of decades of pop music behind them. I don't know that I could pick one of their songs out of a musical line-up but I enjoy listening to them.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

This was alright. Not trippy but kind of fun.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Só conhecia Hello Sunshine deles. É um bom álbum, leve e meio melancólico. Melhores músicas: Sidewalk Serfer Girl e It's not the end of the world?

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

really enjoyed it

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

road trip music - want to watch the DVD!

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Foolishly, I’ve avoided this band because of their name. Recently a friend sent me a bunch of their video clips, which i discovered are well worth a look. Having finally listened, I find that I’ve fallen in love with this album. There are so many highlights. Juxtaposed With U sounds like a great Burt Bacharach composition. I love No Sympathy. The instrumentation & harmonies in it remind me of Crosby, Stills & Nash. In fact, the harmonies are generally wonderful and they combine with the full-on psychedelic approach of the band to create a great sound. There’s something schizophrenic about Sidewalk Surfer Girl. It wants to be soft & sweet and loud & noisy at the same time. Beachboys go metal. And a big mention to Run! Christian! Run! and my favourite lyric - on the midnight train to Jordan. This album was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios. I can recommend a doco doing the rounds about that Great Welsh institution. So glad I’ve discoveed this album.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Playful, eclectic & unpredictable. I dig it

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Cosmic 🌎 👍🏾

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Decent album

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Would have rated it higher on the memory of loving it 20 years ago, but it is not quite a five star record for me now. Still really enjoyed it though, and hope more sfa comes up in future. Favourite songs were the (sort of) title track, juxtaposed with u, and run! Christian, run! 4 🌟

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

A lot of fun. Got a little out there on one track, but otherwise a solid retro vibe from a modern band. Love it

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

This album walked so Random Access Memories could run. This type of music and use of electronics had to have been considered extremely advanced for 2001. And sure, some of the electronica moments are over-modulated and can sound cacophonous or overwhelming. But this album was awesome overall. Favorite track: Juxtapozed With U

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Love it! Lots of prog rock notes with a delish mix of hooks and weirdness.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Mix of hard rock and easy listening. Great listen.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

A good album, it didn't start well but then there are some song like It's not the end of the world?, A touch of Sensitive and No symphaty that makes this album very good. I really appreciated the electronics and the general experimental vibe

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Why do I like it so much?

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

This album is definitely something of an interesting experience. Somehow it manages to sound more like a playlist broadcasting the variety of early 2000's rock, rather than an album. How convincingly they manage to pull off the range of styles is enough to warrant four stars. However, it would also be fair to stop and wonder why they're even doing this - if it wouldn't be better to just focus on the couple of styles they're best at instead of trying to do a bit of everything, seemingly for no other reason than the sake of it?

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Unremarkable but a good listen

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Fri Sep 11 2020
3

Alt rock 😎 Liked the slower songs, up beat songs weren’t for me. V indie, but not always bad.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

Interesting but never wowed me

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Alternativ pop, fusion, stemningsfyldt, afslappende

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Tue Nov 10 2020
3

Ok. Thought I'd recognise more than I did

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Thu Nov 26 2020
3

Very weird shit. Niet altijd awesome, niet slecht ook.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Pretty good. Vocals sounded a lot like Elvis Costello

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

There are some interesting sounds here, but thematically it falls flat for me. A little too cheese for my tastes.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Ambitious but unfocused. This postmodern amalgam doesn't really do much for me. Rather listen to their myriad influences.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Another band I've never heard of, and they aren't super popular either. At least their music is different and interesting

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Sun May 09 2021
3

I remember liking this album a lot when it was released. Now, it just feels a little cold and lifeless, more craft than passion.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Fun I guess. Weird. Lacks focus?

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Not bad.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

Rock alternativo. Muy interesante.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

I think its the definition of 2000s rock, very fitting

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Some tunes cool some tunes weird

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Fun album!

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Strange, but nice... Not too much experimental, not too much classical. I probably not revisit this album again, but it was a nice experience to listen to it.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Distinto. Buenos ritmos. Divertido de escuchar

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Sat Apr 24 2021
3

Very eclectic. The critics describe it best. A "kaleidoscopic blend of pop, prog, punk, psych, and electronica" and "thematically eccentric" I likedthe delving into electronica, as suprising as it was. "A touch sensitive" sounds like it could be Portisehead while" Juxtaposed with you" and "Presidential suite" sound like early 80s Elvis C.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Seems like one that you need to be in the right state of mind for. I couldn't get into it

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

It’s not the end of the world is a favourite but the album is uneven.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

I liked it, but didn't get the nostalgia I had expected.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Ok

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Enjoyable & fuzzy psychedelic rock with a timeless sound

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Decent

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Wed May 19 2021
3

A great mix of tunes and songs

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Interesting album, had a couple of vibes

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

This was weird, fun but weird. I didn't super love this but far from hating it. Weird mix of ambient background music interspersed with metal/rap/country

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Sat Jun 12 2021
3

Rock with a twist, pretty good 7/10

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Meh. Some interesting sounds, stereo is a must

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Weird, psychedelic. A lot of strange mixes of genres. Had a more solid ending, but I feel like the first part just wasn't for me.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Songs range from synth & soft rock reminiscent of ELO to standard alt rock and industrial of the era. There's a ton of influence here and there, likentrap in "A Sensitive World" or Velvet Underground and two other bands in "Shoot Doris Day". Got more enjoyable near the end after that industrial nonsense.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

Good fun Brit Pop with a little psychedelic.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Nice one.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Seems an interesting, diverse landscape of an album. "Rings around the world" and "it's not the end of the world" are a good part of a strong start. The instrumental experimentation is nice, though "no sympathy" was a little too off-kilter for my tastes. Nothing that really calls me back to listen to again, but a pleasant enjoyable album.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

It's a good, listenable album. Very easy to forget that they were popular back in the day. Didn't find any songs that were too objectionable.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

3.5

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

3 1/2

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

very different than last furry animas album...but I don't feel either should be on this list.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

A bit experimental, post grunge pop-rock of sorts. Shoegaze influences as well

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

3.5 Enjoyed

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

really diverse album many genres are used altough alternative rock is the main theme, would recommend altough i dont really like it much

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Cool.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Did the band have an identity crisis making this album? If so, this listener is here for it. Starting off like any 2001 era band would, this built expectations of alternative rock, but then they went the way of electronica followed immediately by a feel-good anecdotal song in 'Juxtapose with U' with punk elements throughout. It is as though Blink182 forgot about Tom DeLonge and made a happy sounding album at the end with 'Presidential Suite'. Interesting album, but enjoyable nonetheless. It would earn a spot in the rotation for sure with its heavier elements, but if there is need for mix-up to break the monotony and pretend you are listening to random radio, then this album is for you.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

The genre hopping reminded me of Ween, though with a more electronic bent. Most tracks were still close to the indie rock formula.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

I dig it

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

To be fair, didn’t give this a great listen, more in the background. Initial impressions were that it sounded fairly generic. Not bad, but nothing to grab you either.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Okay, so this was a surprise. Sure, I didn't find the album amazing, but it was mostly quite enjoyable. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, in all honesty. Though there were songs I didn't like, and the album didn't feel all that cohesive. My favourite track probably would have to be (Drawing) Rings Around The World.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
3

This album was all over the place! I enjoyed it though, even if I didn't know what I was listening to half the time. 3.5/5 stars

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Some unusual sounds but it works

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

The album's intentions are good, but it has too much fluff. It sounds like the album of musicians that try desperately to sound interesting. But in fact, it was pretty pop. (5/10) FT: Juxtapozed with U

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

Just didnt hit for me.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Some very weird and interesting psychedelic rock. Ranges from noise to soft to atmospheric to pop. Worth investigating more of what they do.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

les maux de têtes dont j'ai été victime ainsi que la cover affreuse influencent mon jugement mais il y a eu des moments appréciables

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

L'ambiance chill continue.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

Pretty interesting album! Decent rock project, definitely liked a few tracks. I enjoyed when this veered into more experimental territory. Never heard of this band or album but I could tell they're British, or Welsh to be precise. If they've got any albums that lean fully into the more experimental sounds, count me in for one of those. Favorite tracks: A Touch Sensitive, Alternate Route to Vulcan Street, Drawing Rings Around the World. Album art: Really, really love this one. I mean, c'mon, great explosion of colors, a grinning skull with a gold tooth? The font and everything is very late '60s early '70s, I adore this style. 3/5

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Wed May 11 2022
3

I liked bits of this quite a lot, but as a whole it's deeply unfocused and oddly forgettable. Turns out that if you throw everything and the kitchen sink into your album, it just makes you sound like B-tier Flaming Lips.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

3.8 - This album's perched somewhere after Britpop of the mid-90s and just before the advent of more wacked out bands like the Gorillaz. Like Britpop, these songs build to durable, sing-songy choruses and there are harsher noise elements thrown in. I hear bits of Spiritualized, Blur and Flaming Lips, as well as older influences like ELO and the Beach Boys (esp on "Receptacle for the Respectable"). At 53 minutes, it definitely feels overlong. The first five songs propel the record to amazing heights where much of the second half feels a little flabby.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

Jako chill. To je sve sto imam za rec

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Earlier material seemed better

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Pleasant, gently psychedelic/inventive, but I don't think it'll live long in the memory.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

kinda my type of music?

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Je suis mitigé ici. La 2e moitié de l’album est super cool. La première me laisse l’impression d’un band de pop/rock 90's tout ce qu’il y a de plus ordinaire.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

This album didn't thrill me. I mean, it wasn't particularly challenging, but it also wasn't particularly interesting. It was just okay, I guess.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

This album maybe suffered coming after 9 albums in a row that I loved, as well as my having less focus on it while listening. It had some interesting things, and an interesting variety of sounds. I was just never really engaged or wowed (which I have been…nine times in a row. Nine times? Nine times.)

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Fine

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

Need to come back to this, [A] Touch Sensitive stood out

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

I can't justify the Furries' eccentricity on aesthetic grounds, but I did enjoy every minute of it. There's a creeping misanthropy to Rings.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Bloh

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Covern ser mycket mer såsat ut än albumet de facto är

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

Decent Brit pop but no common theme

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

A bit boring really. Not sure why this is a "must listen" album. Perhaps it was more hard hitting 20 years ago?

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Diverse sounds, odd style, pretty good songs but nothing outlandishly good.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

I was surprised that I hadn't come across this album before.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

was a 4 until I got to No Sympathy (hated the lyrics) and Juxtapozed with U (hated the autotune). Cut off the last 5 tracks and it's a good EP.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Nice alt-poppy stuff here. A little frenetic for me at times, but not so much that it throws me off completely. At times, it simplified and was quite beautiful. Overall, well done on their part.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

I like it, it's calming, mellow, sweet and wierd. I think this could grow on me a lot.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Had no idea SFA made this more Radiohead-esque experimental stuff. Listened a few times. Good but didn’t love.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Alternative rock, with sparks of Daft Punk, but clear Beatles inspiration all over. Yet only the slover heartfelt songs. The diversity of themes and sounds are not quite at the level where the album is a great listen, but clearly one of the betters.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

interesting

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

I'm always cautious of post 2000 albums since I think there's a bias towards anything 'new'. This is ok, not groundbreaking mind, but ok. Nothing inventive, lots of ideas copied from others and no direction but well put together production-wise. Considering how many great albums aren't on this list it's a shame but since it's based on filling quotas of each genre rather than sheer quality there will be albums filling in the gaps.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

Okay britpop, not a bad listen, not a great one. Solid 3.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Very variable range of pieces that I like and don’t like. I didn’t have the SFA really on my list before and with these mixed results they hardly will make there in the future.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Enjoyable but not revolutionary for me.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

This was a fun album. Indie psych rock type stuff that swings through a lot of other genres, from country to techno. There's a lot of similar stuff out there that I like a lot more, but that's okay. 3.5 rounded down because I'm trying to be harsh! Gotta keep reminding myself of that lol.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Hmmm this is interesting! It's like a prog/psychedelic version of Gorillaz, I really dig it.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Bra album utan att ha några låtar som sticker ut.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Rock alternativo. Ni fu ni fa.

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Mon Sep 28 2020
2

Are the songs bad? No. Is the album cohesive in any way at all? Also no.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
2

This was fun, but nothing memorable

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

slightly werid , wont listen again

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Blegh. There are too many weird British bands in this list. That electronic garbage in the middle was probably the worst cacophony from this list yet.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

there are good reasons why I'd never heard of this

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

false

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