The Squeezebox: Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo (2011)

10 02 2011

Serving as a break from his day job, Super Furry Animals Singer/Guitarist Gruff Rhys Offers up another eclectic batch of Pop sounds- where each track has a unique sonic template and feel. His past work with SFA and his solo outings have always had an unorthodox and kaleidoscopic  approach to pop songwriting and instrumentation, creating a space that only they can call their own.

All the familiar elements of his past work are here but this time it feels like Mr. Rhys just raided a music store or garage sale to bring in even more new sounds.From the Sampledelic Opener Shark Ridden Waters, the Audio Soda-Pop of Honey All Over, or the duet of missed opportunity in Space Dust #2, this album is all over the map. Using Warmly buzzing Keyboards, mariachi horns, saxophone, stand up bass, grand piano, strings,etc.- you see where I’m going with this,  there’s a lot of different sounds on Hotel Shampoo, but the added instruments are tastefully done with restraint, and it never seems forced. On some of these tracks though, Gruff Rhys scales back the instruments to play slower, piano-driven tunes accented by gorgeous strings. It Really showcases how great his voice can sound when he’s serious. Pick this one up if you’re a fan of Super Furry Animals (One of my Top 10 favorite bands of all time) or just need some well crafted, 21st century Brit-Pop.

-84% Armordillo

http://www.gruffrhys.com/hotelshampoo/

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