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Praxis Makes Perfect [Bonus CD edition]

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Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip) present their new album, Praxis Makes Perfect - the follow up to 2008's Mercury Music Prize nominated Stainless Style.
Praxis Makes Perfect is a musical biopic of Italian publisher, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli's colourful life viewed through the lens of Gruff Rhy's highly original song writing and Boom Bip's shimmering synth-heavy production.
Guests on this album include two previous Neon Neon co-conspirators in Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cardiff's Cate Le Bon, plus Italian pop sensation Sabrina Salerno and actress Asia Argento.
Includes bonus CD with 4 additional songs.


Disc: 1
1. Praxis Makes Perfect
2. The Jaguar
3. Dr. Zhivago
4. Hoops with Fidel
5. Hammer & Sickle
6. Shopping (I Like To)
7. Mid Century Modern Nightmare
8. The Leopard
9. Listen to the Rainbow
10. Ciao Felrinelli
Disc: 2
1. Years of Lead
2. Non Aligned States
3. Socialism at Sea
4. Fuga In Avanti

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Lex Records
  • ASIN: B00BRBJSAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on May 11, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Ok "Praxis makes perfect" the new album by Neon Neon doesn't sound like a barrel of laughs. Focusing on the life and times of `man of letters and agent of change' Giangiacomo Feltrinelli (1926 - 1972), Italian publisher (he was the visionary who put out the manuscript of the novel Doctor Zhivago), anti-fascist and left-wing activist hardly seems ideal foundations for a synth rock concept album come musical. But Neon Neon are the Super Furry Animals resident Welsh genius Gruff Rhys and his fellow compardre Boom Bip a pair of fiendishly inventive and playful musicians. This is their second album following the previous concept album "Stainless Style" on the Delorean a car everyone admired but no one bought, which was somewhat akin to the record sales which followed despite a Mercury nomination. It is doubtful that this album will sell by the bucketful but more fool those who don't give it a whirl since its a lush beast, full of warmth and humour. The pounding "The Jaguar" is almost vintage SFA and a irresistibly sweet synth pop song with Gruff's inimitable soft tone vocals full of that West Wales lilt. In addition how many songwriters would introduce lines "I stood in the shade of fascist architecture"? In terms of "Dr Zhivago" it actually sounds a bit like Spandau Ballet''s "Gold" at the outset until it locks into a glorious pop flow and potential single. Even better are both "Hoops with Fidel" and "Hammer and sickle", two songs which despite the largely serious lyical content (the latter is about Feltrinelli's changing relationship to the Italian Communist Party!), you could happily play on full volume at the beach with their exuberant waves of fuzzy warm electronica.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jimi Jac on May 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
You know Gruff Rhys is quickly becoming a Indie national treasure, he could have made a good career releasing catchy SFA albums, but instead has chosen to constantly surprise & challenge his listeners.
As with the second release from Neon Neon. Carrying on with their 80's production sound, but with less guitar (so if you're a fan of Gruff Rhys SFA or his other solo projects, this record Is probably not for you), but a little more sophisticated.
It is real delight to hear songs about Dr. Zhivgo & playing on the beach with Fidel (although it's probably a metaphor development of communism), a subject matter rarely touched on in Indie music.
Now not wishing to sound lazy or pig ignorant, but I cant real be bothered to research this Praz fellow, or read "Senior Service" by Carlo Feltrinelli (the book that this album is based on), but just simply enjoy a fascinating & pretty unique sounding record.
The Deluxe version of the CD contain 4 great extra songs, that are more laid back & atmospheric, it just a shame they couldn't have found space on the original album (Praxis only lasts for 30 minutes).
So I think a stronger record that "Stainless Style" with Gruff & Boom Bip becoming used to each others working practice. So an album that is not going to tilt the music world on it's axis, but further mythologize one of the UK's most gifted songwriters.
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By Thomas J. Walsh on July 14, 2013
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Wonderful concept flawlessly executed. A bit trippier and more melodic (and melancholy) than Stainless Style.. A great listen, as unique as ever.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Harrington on May 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The last album featured Fatlip, Harmar Superstar, Spank Rock, and other rappers. I can't pretend that I don't miss that, but they don't deserve to lose a star over it. This is a fantastic album, if you are into this sort of disco-steeped electro-rock stuff. For me, it's all I listen to, and Neon Neon hold their own with a distinct vocal and well chiseled retro-pop compositions. While the absence of rappers does lend this album a smoother and more consistent presentation, it also makes it harder for any individual song to stand out. Regardless, I'm just glad the whole thing didn't go wrong, and that it really delivers. I wonder what Hall & Oats think about this.
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