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The Super Furry Animals have been peddling their
The Super Furry Animals have been peddling their sexy brand of techno-influenced psych-pop for a decade, and the idiosyncratic Welsh quintet keeps evolving with its latest release, "Love Kraft."The Super Furry Animals have been peddling their sexy brand of techno-influenced psych-pop for a decade, and the idiosyncratic Welsh quintet keeps evolving with its latest release, "Love Kraft." Pairing with producer Mario Caldato Jr., the group took a looser attitude toward the recording of the new album, with guitarist Huw Bunford, drummer Dafydd Ieuan and programmer/keyboardist Cian Ciaran each taking turns at songwriting and lead vocals, tasks traditionally left to frontman Gruff Rhys.
Yet -- perhaps in defiance of such variety or perhaps because of it -- "Love Kraft" is as cohesive a record as the group has yet produced. Densely layered psychedelic compositions like opener "Zoom," the boisterous dinosaur-extinction epic "Psyclone!" and the meandering "Cloudberries" thrive amongst more accessible fare like catchy first single "Lazer Beam," the pub singalong "The Horn" and the memorable mid-tempo swinger "Ohio Heat."
After six astoundingly creative albums, SFA didn't have much left to prove. Showing on the new record that it doesn't matter which member is in charge is a great way to extend the band's magnificent run, and "Love Kraft" lives up to any and all expectations.