Rings Around the World
released: 07.23.01 (uk)
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
naldrett - u.k. correspondent
palaver surrounding their latest release, you could be mistaken
that Super Furry Animals had all of a sudden gained membership
amongst the elite of the rock n roll world. Their
new album, Rings Around The World, is the first ever to
be released simultaneously on traditional audio format and on
DVD, with each of the 13 songs having a specially commissioned
film for the DVD and with the extra features including website
hyperlinks and remixes of the tracks. To top all this off, they
have set up small gigs and associated events in a number towns,
all going under the name "Furrymania" which is far more
like a stunt that Madonna would pull than a Welsh band that have
spent years on the outskirts of Rockville.
dazzling technology has become common and people will demand more
from their records," says singer Gruff Rhys, clearly believing
that the Animals are pioneering a route that all will eventually
all the sideshows and extra features that Super Furry Animals
are undoubtedly, and rightly, proud of, the albums music,
as opposed to its videos and web-links, has to be good in own
its own right and not carried by the trimmings.
Rings Around The World will not set the world on fire as
it takes too many songs to get warmed up and find a consistency
that is other than mundane. Tracks 1-4 are worth ignoring and
it is not until the surreal and unpredictably "Receptacle
for the Respectable" that a new direction is found. There
follows plenty of weak lyrics but interesting, often inspiring
musical content that peaks with the new single, "Juxtapozed
With U" - a title complete with the corny 1970s manipulation
like their others before it, wont put rings around the world,
nor will it bring Super Furry Animals in from the fringes. But
it is interesting for its technological ambition, and may well
be featured in a pub quiz or two in 20 years from now.
liked Rings Around the World...
Alternate Route to Vulcan St.
2. Sidewalk Serfer Girl
3. (Drawing) Rings Around the World
4. It's Not the End of the World?
5. Receptacle for the Respectable
6. (A) Touch Senstive
7. Shoot Doris Day
9. No Symphony
10. Juxtaposed With U
11. Presidential Sweet
12. Run! Christian, Run!
13. Fragile Happiness