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Love Kraft

4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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As Super Furry Animals settle into their second decade of recording and with it their status as veteran rockers, they're inevitably less surprising than they were at the outset of their career, when their music not only had an exhilarating rush, but there was a sense of impish glee, the sense that they were getting away with something that they shouldn't. That naturally has declined with the passage of time, yet with their seventh album, 2005's Love Kraft, SFA show signs of settling comfortably into their status as alt-rock veterans. Compared to the top-heavy, ponderous Rings Around the World and the trippy pop of Phantom Power, Love Kraft sounds warm and relaxed, lush and dreamy, with a strong, distinct sweet undercurrent to the music.

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Not, seemingly, an album about the Welsh band's adoration of boxed macaroni and cheese products. Then again, with Super Furry Animals it's impossible to tell. Its seventh album is aimed squarely at those who find the Flaming Lips a little too timid, Brian Wilson too rational, the Arcade Fire too conventional - essentially people who will always pick Donovan over Dylan. "Zoom" opens things with wailing guitars and a celestial chorus, tumbling into the LSD-dipped psychedelia of "Atomik Lust," which includes the only decipherable lyric, "Fine time to walk on wine," and then it's off to Neptune with the twisted but tender "Ohio Heat." A fine addition to a career that has already yielded bizzare hits like "Golden Retriever" and "Something 4 The Weekend." --Aidin Vaziri
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet / XL Recordings
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B000A78Z7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A long way from being a household name in the states, the Furries are
getting a foothold. Lazer Beam, their first single is a grand culmination
of "cosmic funk" & power rock sung by a Welshman in a Tron suit. SFA show
they are the alternate universe Coldplay (give Chris Martin the Evil Spock
beard) with an authentically unique sound that seems to fit no clique. A
bad thing if you're in high school, but the only true way to continue
evolving creatively in the world of art and music.

If you were to dip the best of Welsh pop music sung in english into ecstasy
and cut that squirming, glowing fluorescent blob into album form using a
large mushroom cap as the playing surface - you would have Love Kraft.

Anyone who's already a fan of the band will probably buy this album anyway,
but I've you've never heard these guys, I suggest you have an open mind (it
may help to augment the experience with the assist of draw), and suggest
you lay down, close your eyes and make sure you have plenty of hydration
within reach.
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It gets a bit tiresome proclaiming each Super Furry Animals album their latest masterpiece that exceeds anything previous. Many of their long time fans know full well that this band reached a new level of excellence with the album Rings Around The World and quite frankly, they haven't come down from that level one bit. Phantom Power and now Love Kraft just further cement their place as one of the most consistently entertaining, creative and melodic bands on the planet. Albums that came before Rings were outstanding as well but none of those previous works were as completely satisfying as their more recent works have been.

Love Kraft blends so many divergent sounds into one album that its hard to pinpoint any statement or word that sums up the album adequately. They are true musical chameleons who smash up every influence they've ever had musically yet come out with something so utterly original and of their own that comparisons seem mute. The one aspect of this album that comes across as refreshing is how each song winds up being different from one another while still adding up to a cohesive and satisfying album on whole. From harmonica to strings, every form of sound possible in Pop Rock music is present for the listener and yet nothing is wasted. Every instrument has its place and purpose among this musical soundscape. Love Kraft will not win over many in the States, however, you have to give them credit for making an album that stays completely true to their roots while giving it a healthy go at appealing to the masses. Most bands either lose the sound that made them what they are in trying to achieve this or continue to become more obscure in their approach forgetting that you still need to write songs.
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Probably their best album since 'Radiator', 'Love Kraft' is the Super Furry Animals at their best. There seems to be a smooth love song theme to this album, but done in a typically bizarre Furries manner. Opener 'Zoom!' is quite simply one of their best tracks ever, a mesmerising blend of a funk/soul groove with proggy experimentalism layered gloriously on top. In fact the whole album has a very Motown influence. There are poppy acoustic moments, crazy rock-out moments, mad techno moments, and so forth. 'Lazer Beam', the single, has a blissfully hyped up chorus, and while there's nothing on here as immediately poppy as, say, 'Juxtaposed With U', it's catchy stuff. Reccomended for old fans and newcomers alike; it showcases them as one of the most inventive bands around.
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Super Furry Animals have always had a bit of a retro feel. Ever since their first release their more atmospheric songs have always recalled a bit of the 1960's or 70's. Love Kraft seems to take that retro feeling to the extreme. Perhaps it's the mere fact that this is a more laid back album than most of their previous work, but the flower power sounding title suggests that that they are in fact consciously recalling a late 60's/early 70's feel--listening to it I'm tempted to go out and buy a black light.

The relaxed pace of the album may have led to boredom with a lesser band, but Super Furry Animals are such consumate craftsman that despite the slow moving pace they layer their songs so well you're ears are constantly alert. It's one of those albums where if you put on headphones you realize they actually hid the sounds rainforest in there. Despite their talent as songwriters the album still lags at parts. The beginning of "Walk You Home" could easily garner the backhanded compliment that it sounds like a Bond theme song. The only song that attempts to rock out is "Lazer Beam"--it's roller derby-tastic! I do feel strongly that the album should come with the following warning: do not take mind alterning drugs while listening to "Psyclone." Seriously, though, DON'T! I can just imagine someone dropping acid while listening to the album, and then having their head cave in at song nine. I can barely handle it's excentricities while wearing headphones. You'll know what I'm talking about if you listen to it, but I don't want to describe it for fear that some of you may be on mind altering drugs at this very moment.

Perhaps the Super Furry Animals felt that in a world of war and terrorism they needed to make an album that tackles all these problems with some 60's optimism.
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