12 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dark Days/Light Years finds Super Furry Animals plowing through a diverse amalgam of musical genres all the while retaining the ADD-fueled, mind-melting fun that is unmistakably their sound. “Crazy Naked Girls” opens with soulful Funkadelic inspired grooves pumping around doubled wah-wah guitar leads as Gruff Rhys sings nonsensically sexy lyrics with distorted Beck-esque falsettos. The song is a tangle of textures and psychedelic soundscapes with ensnarled threads of melody under styles that birth something you can both dance to and trip-out on. SFA downshifts on “MT.”, a catchy ditty rooted in equal parts folk pop and noise rock, before detouring into a full-on Brit pop club-hit with “Inaugural Terms,” an undeniably infectious tune that borrows from mid-‘90s UK indie pop. (The tune boasts a German spoken word cameo by Franz Ferdinand's Nick McCarthy.) With Dark Days/Light Years the Welsh quintet continue to excel at making unpredictably catchy music that’s heavy on the kinds of weird noises you’d expect them to find dumpster diving behind the Flaming Lips’ recording studio.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dark Days/Light Years finds Super Furry Animals plowing through a diverse amalgam of musical genres all the while retaining the ADD-fueled, mind-melting fun that is unmistakably their sound. “Crazy Naked Girls” opens with soulful Funkadelic inspired grooves pumping around doubled wah-wah guitar leads as Gruff Rhys sings nonsensically sexy lyrics with distorted Beck-esque falsettos. The song is a tangle of textures and psychedelic soundscapes with ensnarled threads of melody under styles that birth something you can both dance to and trip-out on. SFA downshifts on “MT.”, a catchy ditty rooted in equal parts folk pop and noise rock, before detouring into a full-on Brit pop club-hit with “Inaugural Terms,” an undeniably infectious tune that borrows from mid-‘90s UK indie pop. (The tune boasts a German spoken word cameo by Franz Ferdinand's Nick McCarthy.) With Dark Days/Light Years the Welsh quintet continue to excel at making unpredictably catchy music that’s heavy on the kinds of weird noises you’d expect them to find dumpster diving behind the Flaming Lips’ recording studio.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

hippieninjaz ,

pornography

Hard core porn for the ears

Frank Matty ,

SFA is AOK

Best album of the year so far. Honestly - this is my favorite album of theirs since Rings Around the World. I am in constant amazement that SFA is not huge over here in America. They are one of the best bands going right now. Do yourself a favor and listen to this album the whole way through - you'll love it.

griley89 ,

New SFA

I had no indea they were making a new album ok lets get started best songs in any order Inaugural, cardiff in sun, mt, and neil diamond awsome cd

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