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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.

Track Listings

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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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**Review originally appeared at https://midnighttosix.wordpress.com

Five years after their underrated debut Stainless Style, the collaboration between Gruff Rhys and producer Boom Bip known as Neon Neon are back with their sophomore album, Praxis Makes Perfect. Praxis is a musical biography of Italian publisher and leftist activist Giangiacomo Feltrinelli who died under mysterious circumstances in 1972. Feltrinelli is a far more obscure historical character than Stainless Style’s subject, John DeLorean, and Praxis is a far more obscure album. In fact, as a long-time fan of Gruff Rhys it pains me to say this, but this sounds like the work of artists operating on creative autopilot. On Stainless Style Rhys seemed well in control of the big hooks and ’80s-style songwriting, while Boom Bip crafted top-notch beats, but here their efforts sound tired and halfhearted. Perhaps there are few decent numbers in the album’s first half like “The Jaguar” and “Hammer and Sickle”, but tracks six through ten are unforgivably inconsequential at best (“The Leopard”) and cloying rehashes of everything putrid about ’80s pop music at worst. In fact, “Shopping (I Like To)” is probably the worst song Gruff Rhys has ever been part of. So there’s that. The worst part of Praxis Makes Perfect is that it runs at only thirty-one minutes, yet wears out its welcome long before it ends. Damn.
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I agree with the other reviewers here that this is solid effort from Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip and far better than their first CD Stainless Style. Ever the student of past prog-rock, Gruff channels Donald Fagen's Nightfly and the Michael McDonald Doobie Brothers sound with the heavy keyboards and synthesizers, with some infectious electronica dance beats driving many of the songs. The politics of the album are intriguing as well as here we have a "communist" who meets with Fidel Castro, publishes Boris Pasternak, and runs a shopping mall -- just a bit of a contradiction there, eh? The worst part is that it's only 30 minutes long, and, like, Hotel Shampoo, just makes you wish the Super Furry Animals would get it together to make another album and maybe even get out on the road again. The CD is well worth the $10....
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