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.Wikipedia
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.
Listenable but not likeable.
Right up my alley. Loved the switches between harmonic and abrasive sounds
So far this has been the most unexpectedly amazing album on the list. How have I not heard about this album? Loved it.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
A failed attempt at fusing and melding different music styles. No place on this list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Really interesting. I personally loved the cinematic feel to this album
Neat rock album! Very interesting. Not a bad track on the album.
Nice memories of this one
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....
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!
Pleasantly enjoyable. Like a fusion between ELO and post-AM Arctic Monkeys.
Pretty cool with some tracks I didn't like
Great songs, production could make more of the lovely voices.
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
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.
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."
This is why I’m doing this project. I’ve never even heard of this group let alone listened. This is wild.
Chill and I liked all the places it went.
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.
A wide range of sounds and genre mix-ins, pretty interesting. I had never heard of these guys before. Smooth listening, catchy melodies.
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
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!
Surprisingly down to earth, and VERY funny!
Kinda weird, but I liked it.
Just my kind of vibe. Gives me very big Moody Blues energy with a modern twist. I wanna dive deeper into these guys.
Brilliantly Beatlesque in places, electronically wacky in others. Eclectic!
really enjoyable! first time listening to supper furry animals.
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!
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.
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)
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!
Good background rock music, would listen again
Pretty varied album, good work background music.
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.
Some great songs. Goes to places I didn't expect. Benefits from multiple listens.
Really enjoyed this, but felt it fell off a bit towards the end.
ONE OF THOSE GREAT 90s EXPERIMENTAL ROCK ALBUMS THAT EXTOLLED THE VIRTUES OF FREEDOM.
Way more exciting than I thought Super Furry Animals were, loved the breakdowns and different styles in the songs.
Really enjoyed this one.
-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.
Wow, i wasnt expecting this at all. I kept my hand in my chest all time. A great record
Glad I got to hear this band that I didn't knew existed. They reminded me of blur, so it was cool.
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.
Overall a good album. Very eclectic. I didn’t like it all but I did like most of it. I could listen again.
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
😎 Surprising good 😎
I like it! Similar vibes to early OK go and Flaming Lips
Really solid album with very cool instrumentals and themes. Lots of fun and catchy songs
Pretty good! I enjoyed what I listened to. Will revisit.
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!
Like a happy OK Computer with awkward lyrics - it’s better than expected
Huge "Spiritualized" vibes on this one. Very chill listen.
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!
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.
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"
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.
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…
4/5. Solid pop rock/ a lil experimental.
Another great find!
Far lovelier than I remember, and I remember it being nice anyway.
Not sure it will make it into my rotation, but it was rich and diverse. Surprising and pleasant.
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.
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.
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.
This was alright. Not trippy but kind of fun.
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?
really enjoyed it
road trip music - want to watch the DVD!
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.
Playful, eclectic & unpredictable. I dig it
Cosmic 🌎 👍🏾
Alt rock 😎 Liked the slower songs, up beat songs weren’t for me. V indie, but not always bad.
Interesting but never wowed me
Alternativ pop, fusion, stemningsfyldt, afslappende
Ok. Thought I'd recognise more than I did
Very weird shit. Niet altijd awesome, niet slecht ook.
Pretty good. Vocals sounded a lot like Elvis Costello
There are some interesting sounds here, but thematically it falls flat for me. A little too cheese for my tastes.
Ambitious but unfocused. This postmodern amalgam doesn't really do much for me. Rather listen to their myriad influences.
Another band I've never heard of, and they aren't super popular either. At least their music is different and interesting
I remember liking this album a lot when it was released. Now, it just feels a little cold and lifeless, more craft than passion.
Fun I guess. Weird. Lacks focus?
Rock alternativo. Muy interesante.
I think its the definition of 2000s rock, very fitting
Some tunes cool some tunes weird
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.
Distinto. Buenos ritmos. Divertido de escuchar
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.
Seems like one that you need to be in the right state of mind for. I couldn't get into it
It’s not the end of the world is a favourite but the album is uneven.
I liked it, but didn't get the nostalgia I had expected.
Enjoyable & fuzzy psychedelic rock with a timeless sound
A great mix of tunes and songs
Interesting album, had a couple of vibes
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
Rock with a twist, pretty good 7/10
Meh. Some interesting sounds, stereo is a must
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.
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.
Good fun Brit Pop with a little psychedelic.
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.
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.
very different than last furry animas album...but I don't feel either should be on this list.
A bit experimental, post grunge pop-rock of sorts. Shoegaze influences as well
really diverse album many genres are used altough alternative rock is the main theme, would recommend altough i dont really like it much
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.
The genre hopping reminded me of Ween, though with a more electronic bent. Most tracks were still close to the indie rock formula.
I dig it
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.
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.
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
Some unusual sounds but it works
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
Just didnt hit for me.
Some very weird and interesting psychedelic rock. Ranges from noise to soft to atmospheric to pop. Worth investigating more of what they do.
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
L'ambiance chill continue.
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
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.
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.
Jako chill. To je sve sto imam za rec
Earlier material seemed better
Pleasant, gently psychedelic/inventive, but I don't think it'll live long in the memory.
kinda my type of music?
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.
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.
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.)
Need to come back to this, [A] Touch Sensitive stood out
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.
Covern ser mycket mer såsat ut än albumet de facto är
Are the songs bad? No. Is the album cohesive in any way at all? Also no.
This was fun, but nothing memorable
slightly werid , wont listen again
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.
there are good reasons why I'd never heard of this
Yeah, I don’t know about this. Was there some point in the early 2000s where this band was a thing and I just missed it? Was this album critically praised? I feel like it’s all but impossible to get a handle on what this is and who it’s for. There’s such a kitchen sink quality going on that I found myself liking parts and hating parts, all within the very same song. And in damn near every song. Oddly enough, I found myself thinking of the hippie hair metal band Enuff Z’nuff for some reason. There’s a mix of genres and styles here that just never quite felt right to me.
bien por la parte de los furros pero la música meh
Favorite track: Shoot doris day
Wasn’t blown away, but should maybe have given it more of a chance.
Didn’t really enjoy this like I thought I might. Juxtaposed was the best track. Wouldn’t listen again.
I was falling behind on my thousand and one homework so had to cram the two Super Furry Animals albums this afternoon. I thought the Fuzzy Logic album was OK with a few good rock songs. Rings Around the World was a little lame. Kinda like music you might hear on a soap opera. I must admit I didnlt get passed Track 8 on Rings. Perhaps it got better. Who knows?
One reason I love 1001 albums generator is that I get to listen to things I have never heard before. This album was in many ways enjoyable, but I just hate pop music.
Some good tracks on this. I like the instrument Touch Sensitive. No Sympathy is an adventurous and memorable song and Run! Christian, Run! is also a really good song that deserves to be the album closer. But these are the exceptions in an otherwise dull and tedious album. It’s too long for a start and I find his voice incredibly irritating. Super Furry Animals aren’t a band I had ever taken time to explore, and this album hasn’t encouraged me to explore any further
the band name i'm fucking crying also the album is mid af but the guitar solo on run christian run cums hard
Melodic indie. Some nice tunes and stand out singles, but most of it sounds the same.
Generic 2000s rock. Nothing special.
pretty meh, enjoyed a song or two
The intro growls a hundred growls, but tapers off a bit. Not as enjoyable as their previous album on our list
Really? Another Super Fury Animals album. WTF is up with this list? I got about a third of the way through this, and then stopped due to my disgust level at the entire 1001 albums catalog - Turd. Prob deserves three stars, but nah… Album is probably deserving of three stars, but only getting two from me today. I like the cover art. 😖
Hmmm this is a tough one. Overall I guess I didn't "get" what they were going for. Feels like a super ambitious mashup, but sloppy. I really liked some of the parts when they played it "straight" like Run Christian Run and the first part of No Sympathy. But I could do without almost all of it. 2.5
It was such a weird mish-mash of electronica/rock and to be honest not really a fan. It felt like it jumped around from place to place and no real cohesion throughout. I can kind of see what they were trying to go for but it just didn't really work. Best: It's Not the End of the World? Worst: Run Christian Run!
Unnecessary addition to this list.
Lousy Oasis wannabes.
This album is weird. The synth stuff sometimes is great other times annoying. I like the diversity in the tracks.
Not very good. I feel like it's 1/3 of the way to good
Funky and psychedelic. Not really my jam.
Ehhhh not great. Such a struggle to get through the whole thing. Aged political lyrics and a lack of quality Melodie’s makes it a tough listen. 3/10
The music is meh but the cover art is ew.
not blown away - No Sympathy only real fave and the title song was dull as hell
Not unenjoyable, but the influences of so many other musicians and groups was so heavy, it sounded like a tribute album. Beatles, ELO - even "Juxtaposed with U" was heavy with Elvis Costello. I couldn't get past the similarities on too many songs.
Meh. Repetitive, trying to hard to be from the '60s. There's something about Brit-rock from the '90s and '00s that just doesn't work for me - it sounds sterile and passionless and over-aware of itself.
Not that bad of an album but didn’t feel like it has much to show. Instrumentals were ok and lyrically it was meh. Felt like an album that tried to do a various amount of things never got it figured out. 5.2/10
It's... it's really boring, isn't it? SFA doesn't seem capable of committing to a bit. Consequently, the album slips and slides from one flavor of mediocrity to the next without leaving any lasting impression whatsoever. I can't give it a one-star review because there's not anything actively BAD about it other than it's just not good.
No me dice mucho
mid but not like ultra bad. i can see the appeal . enjoyment 2/5 belongs on this list 1/5 favourite tracks: sidewalk serfer girl, drawing rings around the world
Generic Britpop. The singer sounds like Albarn.
ekki alveg ég
With all due respect to Glass Animals fans, and fans of late 90s / early 00s BritPop – No. Understanding that the book this list is based on is British and most of it's contributors are British, the amount of unnecessary BritPop on this list is a head-scratcher. Rings around the world is an okay album. It starts off strong and almost halfway into the album I started getting annoyed and frustrated. Yay for the band that they peaked at number three on the UK charts, but across the pond you have to get to the Indie Charts before you even see this album rank a moderate 32 for the year. This is not a list-worthy entry. Perhaps I'm becoming annoyed at the draws that are giving me mediocre UK pop for the the third time in four days, but I'm hopeful tomorrow will be better. 3/5 for musicality | 2/5 for list worthiness.
Started off sounding like minecraft but then turned into what appeared to be an attempt at 70's rock, not a huge fan
This was pretty boring. Hopefully, they had fun, at least.
Jel moguće da ovaj album zareda 3 pjesme za redom da jedna od njih nije iritirajuća? Očito da ne.
dakle pjesma It's Not the End of the World? - ajde mi recite jesam lud il ne, da tu jebeno čujem Lutku od SARS-a. No Sympathy je dost zajebana stvar - miks svačega do kraja pjesme čuješ, pogotovo zadnje 3min. Uglavnom, ne sviđa mi se baš album. Možd bi više legao kad bih ga još jednom-dva put poslušo, ali nemam vremena trenutno.
Ok mais pas mémorable pour les bonnes raisons. La musique est plutôt ordinaire. Les pièces rock sont les plus intéressantes. L'arrivée du death métal dans Receptacle for the Respectable ou le contraste entre le texte et la musique de No Sympathy m'ont bien fait rire, mais c'est à peu près ça. L'intro saccadée de [A] Touch Sensitive dans son style Trip Hop amène un côté différent très intéressant, mais on est vraiment loin du reste de l'album ou de ce que le groupe semble habituellement faire. Les quelques manipulations électroniques brassent un peu les choses, mais c'est marginal. Sinon pour l'ensemble, on est un peu en territoire des Flaming Lips, mais en pas mal moins intéressant. Pièces préférées: (Drawing) Rings Around The World, Receptacle for the Respectable, Sidewalk Serfer Girl.
Missed it at the time, don't care about it now.
Trippy but more depressing than The Beatles
I blame Pet Sounds. Weird does not equal genius. It didn't for Brian Wilson ('Vegetables', anyone?) and it certainly doesn't for second-tier English indie bands. There are so many albums like this on the list, and they are really starting to bore me. Just because a band was an NME darling for a year or two does not make them essential listening. (Fun fact: NME described this as their \"worst album\". Inevitable backlash, much?)) This album is some (very) average songs wrapped in fancy 'experimental' production. I'm reading wikipedia about the album, and heard that they had Paul McCartney recreating his celery eating on the track Receptacle for the Respectable. Case in point about this band taking exactly the WRONG LESSON from Pet Sounds. Too much time and money, not enough song.
Dear lord! Snoooooooze city. What a boring freaking album. I stopped listening after the first few tracks.
not for me.
I have always not liked the vocals at all.
Soooooo boring. I really dont class this as rock no matter what people say. Nil points.
Sounds like generic British pop rock. Bland all around. 2/10.
No coneixia el disc i el grup només de nom. Hi ha alguns temes interessants, sobretot a la primera meitat. La seva cadència psicodèlica fa la majoria de temes tan agradables com inofensius. Si aquest és el millor àlbum del grup, no crec que m'apropi a cap altre seu.
Didn't like but I think my expectations were confused with 'Supergrass' so was expecting upbeat pop rather than dirty stuff. Overly harsh rating...
Did not get through a single entire song. Really bad.
I hated almost every second of this - although I can't say every second because I couldn't bear to listen to it all. Appalling, jarring, deliberately mad dynamics, this was everything Milly said about Rush, but in a different genre and played less competently and maybe they actually were trying to be funny. The opening track has the worst percussion I've ever heard. Worse, even, than the White Stripes. I'm losing faith in the list - why is this in any way an important album? I don't expect to like lots of stuff but I can still appreciate why it might be significant - even though I may hate it - but this definitely isn't.
Interesting sound. Not my cup of tea.
Was 2001 a really bad year for music or something for this to be so criticality praised? For me, this ambitious attempt to blend disparate genres falls pretty flat. The situation isn't helped with the extremely bland subpar vocals. Also, this album art is fucking terrible!
Hey! I'm back! I didn't not enjoy this one, but, having just finished this I couldn't sing you back a single song or tell you a single defining feature of their style. I could be wrong, but I'm out.
Ten pik definiuje stwierdzenie, ze zawsze moze byc gorzej, bo nie dosc ze kolejny brytyjski pik, jakze ambitnej bandy, ktora juz miala swoja reprezentacje w generatorze wczesniej, to kolejne 52 minuty meczenia albumu, ktorym chce sie rzygac juz po dwoch kawalkach, dawno nie bylo czegos co tak zniesmaczyloby do dalszego odsluchu jak kawalek sidewalk surfer girl, o tym zeby nie robic ekstremalnych rzeczy, bo jeszcze sie zajebiesz lub nie daj czego zasniesz snem na potezna ilosc lat, jesli hejtowanie deskorolkowania wydaje sie byc orginalne, to reszta plyty juz tak ambitnych pomyslow nie ma, ale standardowo plaku plaku bieda i bogaci sie bogacom, a ziemia w smieci sie obraca, ale pan rhys to taki ambitny i utalentowany czlek, ze potrafi nawet swoim giberiszowym lirykom nadac wyzszy sens, jak przystalo na super furry animals, kolejny dowod na to ze indyjski rok rodzi jedne z najwiekszych rakow tego zestawienia, nie wiem jakich pozytywnych stron szukac na tej plycie, bo slucha sie tego jak parodii, szczegolnie w takich fragmentach jak receptacle for the respectable, gdzie indyjskie eksperymenty zawodza bande nawet do metalowego wyjcowania, jest tutaj takze o wiele wiecej elektroniki niz na fuzzy logic, bo wiadomo eksperymenty i im dziwniej i mniej sensownie tym lepiej, o ile przed odsluchem ani mnie furrasy nie grzaly ani chlodzily, tak po ringsach jestem zadeklarowanym przeciwnikiem uzywania plyt tego rodzaju podczas torturowania wiezniow politycznych, mam nadzieje, ze to moje ostatnie spotkanie z tym zespolem, po ktorym z 13 przesluchanych kawalkow nie jestem w stanie wybrac nawet jednego ktory puscilbym sobie lub komus z wlasnej nieprzymuszonej woli
Not 1 stand-out track. Some bits were almost ok but they'd get ruined by something or other. Just didn't think much of it.
not interesting and weak
The band's name isn't doing them any favors. I kept listening, waiting to be impressed and it just bored the shit out of me. These guys don't know what they're talking about. Apparently the annoying oaf from Notting Hill is in this band, which is just a little too on the nose.
Des de mitjans dels 90s fins meitat dels 00s el rock alternatiu va viure una de les seves millors etapes. Semblava que l'experimentació fos universalment aplaudida i hom es treia el barret davant la búsqueda de diferents sonoritats i de la barreja de sons i estils. Encara que no tinguessin cap interés, ni una espurna de creativitat, ni tan sols un punt d'inspiració. Com és el cas que ens ocupa
Did not like