by Gruff RhysGruff Rhys


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Technically, Candylion isn't the first solo album by Super Furry Animals' frontman Gruff Rhys, but it's his first to be sung in English. More importantly, it has the form and feel of a pop album, which 2005's Yr Atal Genhedlaeth lacked. In that sense, it's a debut, but this 2007 venture also represents a slight break from SFA's recent past, too, even if it's not a radical break. Lighter and hardly as fussy as anything the Furries have done since Guerrilla, Candylion is lithe and cheerful, lacking both the proggy pomp and electronic eclecticism that rendered recent SFA albums alluring and maddening in equal measure. In their place are sunny melodies, propelled forward by flutes, gurgling synths, and acoustic guitars that never succumb to dippy folkiness. This is a breezy affair, almost drifting away in the breeze like so many needles from a dandelion, and that's the niftiest thing about it; it gives the album a cheerful, warm vibe. Ultimately, Candylion is the sound of Gruff Rhys relaxed, simply letting the music flow easily, and after hearing Super Furry Animals labor hard at crafting self-conscious masterpieces, this is a welcome reminder of the scruffy, clever charm of Rhys at his inventive peak.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/23/2007
Label: Rough Trade
UPC: 5050159837120
catalogNumber: 371
Rank: 160886

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gruff Rhys   Primary Artist
Sally Herbert   Violin
Marcus Holdaway   Cello
Gorwel Owen   Percussion,Tamboura,Stylophone
Jacqueline Norrie   Violin
Brian G. Wright   Violin
Laura Melhuish   Violin
Owen Evans   Double Bass
Jonathan Thomas   Pedal Steel Guitar
Felipe Pinaud   Flute
Amanda Britton   Violin
Samantha Caldato   Vocals
Lisa Jen   Vocals
Siwan Puw   sleigh bells

Technical Credits

Mario Caldato   Engineer,Flute Overdub,Percussion Engineer,Vocal Overdubs
Sally Herbert   Engineer
Sean O'Hagan   String Arrangements
Brian Wright   Engineer
Marcus Holdaway   String Arrangements
Gorwel Owen   Engineer
Gruff Rhys   Composer,beats
Marc Lane   Engineer
Pete Fowler   Artwork
Jacqueline Norrie   Engineer
Laura Melhuish   Engineer
Amanda Britton   Engineer
Rhodri Puw   Bell Arrangements
Mark James   Artwork,Art Direction

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