Gruff Rhys / Hotel Shampoo

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29 jan. 2011, 10h41m

Gruff Rhys can't seem to make a terrible album. Really.

That's not terribly surprising if you're a longtime Super Furry Animals fan, I suppose. He's also done loads of collaborations with other well established artists, most notably as of late Gorillaz.

What I'm trying to get at is this: Hotel Shampoo absolutely exceeded my expectations. It feels right to the ears. It's got a nice mix of funk, electronica, rock and quirk.

A great number of the songs are romantic in nature or carry that element, but each does a great job of making you chuckle or tugging at your heart.



My favourites (purposely ignoring Shark Ridden Waters, though it's gorgeous):

1. Sensations In The Dark - A bold, easily lovable mix of instruments.
2. Vitamin K - Feels like he's telling a story underwater. A beautiful, melancholy story.
3. Sophie Softly - It's as its name suggests, a gentle piece. A song highly reminiscent of earlier Candylion.
4. Space Dust #2 - A lounge dual-perspective. He does another really killer job here at placing a conflict beneath the surface of a gentle melody.
5. At The Heart Of Love - Makes emotions almost palpable. (ie: "Jealousy is a currency...") The drumming bit building up the refrain really has this one standing out.
6. If We Were Words (we Would Rhyme) - Vocals are tops here. Stunning melody. This is arguably the best track on the album. It's sincere, relatable, bittersweet and warm. It made me cry.


If you've enjoyed any of his previous albums, especially Candylion, you'll have no problem digesting this.

8/10.

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