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Candylion [Digipak] [Gruff Rhys]

  • 1. This Is Just the Beginning
    2. Candylion
    3. Court of King Arthur, The
    4. Lonsome Words
    5. Cycle of Violence
    6. Painting People Blue
    7. Beacon in the Darkness
    8. Con Cario - (Spanish)
    9. Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru - (Italian)
    10. Now That the Feeling Has Gone
    11. Ffrwydriad Yn y Ffurfafen - (Portuguese)
    12. Skylon!
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 13

  • Credits
    ProducerMario Caldato, Jr.; Gorvel Owen; Gruff Rhys

    Personnel: Lisa Jen, Samantha Caldato (vocals); Jonathan Thomas (pedal steel guitar); Gonvel Owen (tamboura); Felipe Pinaud (flute); Owen Evans (double bass); Armando Maral (percussion); Rhodri Puw (bell); Siwan Puw (sleigh bell); Tandi Gebara, Kassin (unknown instrument).
    On 2007's CANDYLION, the second solo outing from Gruff Rhys, the Super Furry Animals frontman offers up an entertaining and eclectic set that has more in common with his day job than his lo-fi Welsh-language album, YR ATAL GENHEDLAETH. From the playful opener, "This Is Just the Beginning," to the expansive airline narrative, "Skylon!" CANDYLION indulges in Rhys's deliberate stylistic meanderings, making room for both the giddy orchestral pop of the title track and the winsome Western atmosphere of "Lonesome Words," which throws in a curveball by morphing into an electronica-tinged number. Aided by sonic architects Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Beck) and Sean O'Hagan (the High Llamas), Rhys proves that he can hit SFA heights without the full band to propel him upward.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.94) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n excellent collection of space folk and ramshackle Tropicalia that matches the wild-eyed absurdism of his band's better output."
    Q (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t pinballs between the childlike pop of the title track, the archaeologist fantasy of 'The Court of King Arthur' and the closing 14-minute '60s pop epic Skylon!."
    Magnet (p.108) - "Everything sounds as though it came together quite naturally. Best evidence of that assessment is 'Lonesome Words,' which swells from fireside folk hymn to spectral, string-adorned heights over three tidily arranged sections."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Rhys glues everything together with a crisp sense of confidence..."
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