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Mwng

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 4, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Flydaddy Records
  • ASIN: B00004T8J5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Christopher G. Huttman on June 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After 1999's brilliant Geurilla (album of the year? probably) I couldn't wait for Mwng (translates as Mane, as in the mane of the lion-a super furry animal!). This album is in their native language of Welsh and in the style of the 1960's.
Whether it is the opening (Badness) punkish stomper or the Beatles/Beach Boys/Love haunting of 'Joining the Periphery' you're listening to (or any of the other numbers) you'll soon find yourself singing along (doing your best with the Welsh words) because you may not understand what you're saying, but its SO catchy.
Many of the more contemporary sounds we've come to expect of the Furries aren't present (there is no techno stomper on the level of the last album's 'Mobile Phone') but do make some cameos, ie the vocoded bits on 'Sunny Intervals.'
That said, if you like exciting and interesting music that is breaking new ground or just super catchy pop or if you really loved the more traditional numbers on Guerilla like 'The Turning Tides,' 'Northern Lites,' 'The Teacher,' or 'Fire in my Heart' you should love this.
Strangely, the SFAs have yet to dent the POP! market outside of England (maybe Gruff's thick accent is why). If you give them a chance, they should dent your conscience and you're heart. Before you know it you'll be walking around saying things like "Ysbeidiau Heulog." Stranger things have happened.
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How can an album entirely in Welsh, a language I do not understand a word of, strike a chord and sound as beautiful and meaningful as The Beach Boys, The Beatles and Neil Young? The Furries might be most loved for being the psychedelic Welsh Kinks, but this is their most beautiful moment to date. Fan or not, you can't help but be seduced by these tunes. Gruff's voice is at its finest and the melodies on this album bring to mind Brian Wilson, Lennon & McCartney, Scott Walker and later day Byrds.
Best thing about this record? Apart from the twinkling delicate beauty of the music, you can always sit back, skin up and imagine you know exactly what they're singing about.
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I don't know how this band finds time to record or tour, itseems like all they do is absorb influences all day and all night.Mwng is in Welsh, which really shouldn't turn you off to the Super Furry Animals (as if!) because its a bit hard for an English audience to tell what Gruff is saying anyway on the English records. (Case in point: The vocal round in the chorus of Northern Lites off the superb Guerilla LP). Anyway, showing incredible musicianship here, the Furries put aside their modern influences and do an old school LP that has a bit of punk (the first song) and some songs where the Beatles, Beach Boys, and Love could all be guesting on (on the same song, the second one!). Its fine music, and their website has translations (although they don't make *too* much sense in english). Anyway, album of the year? Its a possibility.
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Mwng is Welsh band Super Furry Animals' fourth studio album, but their first solely in their native Welsh language, and it's absolutely brilliant. Musically mature, and lyrically bizzare (as usual). What sets this album apart from the others are the melodies which seem to come in an endless supply.
Highlights are Track 6 'Pan ddaw'r wawr' (When dawn breaks) which has what is musically the Super Furry Animals' gene sound. Highlight of the second half is the blinding finale 'Gwreiddiau dwfn, Mawrth oer ar y blaned Neifion', translation too bizzare to mention here. It is an epic of early Neil Young proportions.
Buy this CD and get a taste of Welsh culture through the eyes of doped up twenty first century radicals. Long may they run.
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In the notes to the second song, Ymaelodi A'r Ymylon (Joining the Periphery or Banished to the Periphery) Gruff says "It's partly about our experiences of doing taboo moves like singing in English. Its about being banished from a musical scene but it could also be about being banished from a group of friends." So apparently at one point the Furries were pretty hooked into the whole Welsh nationalist scene, or whatever you want to call it. This was either their attempt to reconnect with their hardcore Welsh homies, or a fond farewell to them-a last look back as they head over the hills to further fame and fortune.

Pan Ddaw'r Wawr (When Dawn Breaks) is about "the death of rural communities...I suppose its from experience, areas where I grew up...". Another song's title, Gwreiddlau Dwfn is translated as Deep Roots. Sarn Helen is about how lousy the transport is in Wales today, how it was better when the Romans were occupying the place. Y Teimlad (The Feeling) is a cover of a tune by an obscure (to us outside of Wales, anyway) Welsh band called Dathblygu, but they're named-dropped as though everyone's heard of them. That song, incidentally, is one of the CD's high points, a soaring melancholy anthem about love which is so moving, sez Gruff, that he "would rather not tarnish and trivialize it with one of my shady translations!" Somehow the feeling comes through nevertheless.

So Welsh culture is kind of a theme here, but actually most of the songs aren't specifically about Wales (although five of the songs aren't translated so who knows?). They're about stuff like good vs. evil (Drygioni/Badness or Bad Drugness). War (Y Gwyneb Lau/Liverface--I'm including the song names just because it's fun typing them crazy Welsh words). Gruff's kindergarden teacher (Dacw Hi/There She Is).
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