This, Gruff Rhys's second solo album, contains much of what makes the Super Furries so great. Like many other reviewers on here I have been slightly disappointed with the last two albums by SFA, as they same to be drifting more into the world of the beach boys, and moving away from the youthful, rocky edge that made their earlier albums so enjoyable.
This effort from Gruff Rhys, whilst retaining the laid back attitude of those most recent SFA albums somehow manages to achieve what those failed to do. Whilst Love Kraft in particular seemed to be unimaginative and even slightly bland (by the bands on very, very high standards) this work sounds as if it is at the forefront of pop music endeavor, like those early Super Furry Animals releases.
The particular killer track on here is the epic Skylon that goes on forever without boring you, or sounding repetitive, even though it probably is. Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru is catchy and bright and in spirit could belong on the classic Radiator. The title track is delightfully light and gentle, but with a hint of edge.
This album is streets ahead of Gruff Rhys's debut Yr Atal Genhedlaeth which was quite frankly a difficult listen even if you were quite into Welsh language stuff. My only real disappointment regarding this piece is that Gruff promised to be the first solo act to 'break up' after that release, which was obviously not true. But, if you can handle being lied to by your heroes then this album is worth a go. It may well not be to the taste of someone whose favourite Super Furries album was Fuzzy logic, but to those who appreciated the efforts of the band on Love Kraft and Hey Venus, but felt that they hadn't quite achieved what they set out to, this album will definitely be for you.