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MP3 Music, April 26, 2005
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It's difficult not to find Super Furry Animals' brand of pop infectious, particularly the collection of numbers compiled for Guerrilla, the band's third full-length and arguably most cohesive -- albeit pleasingly and consistently unpredictable -- one to date. Old-school techno remains in remnants, such as in "Wherever I Lay My Phone (That's My Home)." When it rears its head otherwise, it rests easily beside and within the majority of the fully fledged pop songs. The High Llamas contribute to the dreamy "Turning Tide"; there's the Tropicalia of "Northern Lites," and, as ever, there are shades of punk and distortion in "Night Vision."
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I especially like the more electronic-sounding tracks ("Wherever I Lay My Phone", "The Door to This House Remains Open"-- they'll definitely make you dance!).
That isn't to say that their softer tracks, such as "The Turning Tide" and "Some Things Come From Nothing" aren't equally as amazing... very nice anti-war lyrics (sadness inclined) in these two songs.
And then SFA will throw you a complete curve ball, and include in this album the jazzy intro "Check It Out," the salsa-like "Northern Lites," and B-52's-sounding "Nightvision."
I have loved the Super Furry Animals since I discovered "The Turning Tide", the reason I bought this album. I was pleasantly surprised that they know how to keep an album varied and precise, and that this album includes a good mix of soft and loud songs.
This follow up to the welsh sung "Mwng" made abundantly clear how resourceful a band the SFA in fact were for there must be some craft involved in an album in which every single song sounds completely different from the previous.
"Do or Die" kicks off in punk pop style crashing into the medieval bard tune "Turning Tide" as seamlessly as the latter gives way to the enormous highlight that's the tropicalia of "Northern Lites".
"Nightvision" sounds like an alternative theme song for Batman and the electronic excesses of "Wherever I Lay my Phone(that's my Home)" flow neatly into the lo fi dirge of "Some things come from nothing" giving the impression that if the album ended at this point it would already be masterful.But it doesn't.It keeps piling on surprises like the festive techno workout "The Door to this House remains open", the sped up rock n'roll of"The Teacher" or the pastoral "Fire in my Heart"(a Gorky's Zygotic Mynci song in all but ownership).
As if it wasn't enough the record closes on a high note with the lovely "Chewing Chewing Gum" and the beatlesque stomp "Keep the Cosmic Trigger Happy".
Always diverse, always interesting the SFA have trully fashioned themselves into trailblazing visionaries waiting for the world to catch up with them, which it will sooner or later.