Submitted by Ahh_Bisto on 26 September 2013 - 4:26pm
What's it called?:
They Are Nothing Without Us
What does it sound like?:
TANWU is Ciarán's (Super Furry Animals) second album. Arriving almost one year on from the release of debut Outside In, that first record had a low key home-studio quality with Ciarán building the album around his skills on keys and way with a ballad. It's a shock then to discover TANWU is heavily guitar-based and, better still, a more sonically adventurous album that shows no loss of quality in his song-writing. It's an album begat of confidence and experience and is perhaps closer to a Furries album in many respects. Opening track '5c Cotton 40c Beef' comes across as Oasis re-interpreting Peter Gunn, while the droning psychedelic riffology of '43,000,000' is like the Pixies' finest Led Zep moment. It's the two long tracks though, No More and Pachamama, that best illustrate why this album bears repeated listening; the former a panoramic psychedelic country-soul gem that evaporates into a sparse but beautiful ambient outro, the latter a space-ballad heading off to orbit Planet Mogwai.
What does it all *mean*?:
Contender for my album of the year: ambitious but accessible, melodic but experimental.
Goes well with …:
Any records in your collection that you consider hard to categorise and therefore indispensible.
Might suit people who like …:
Albums you can't quite pigeon-hole and devotees of Bowie: imagine if he had had his Station to Station to Lodger phase while fronting Tin Machine. Whisper it: this is better than The Next Day.