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Phantom Power [CD]

Super Furry Animals Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00009RA99
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  DVD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hello Sunshine - Sample By the Sea
2. Hello Sunshine
3. Liberty Belle
4. Golden Retriever
5. "Sex, War & Robots"
6. The Piccolo Snare
7. Venus & Serena
8. Father Father #1
9. Bleed Forever
10. Out Of Control
11. Cityscape Skybaby
12. Father Father #2
13. Valet Parking
14. The Undefeated
15. Slow Life

Product Description

BBC Review

After a fan-baiting two year gap since the 2001 release of Rings Around The World, Super Furry Animals' long-awaited follow-up arrives. But was the wait worthwhile?

Well, naturally Wales' most consistently remarkable band rarely disappoint on record. Phantom Power is SFA's sixth album proper (discounting 1998's stopgap Out Spaced, a collection of b-sides and rarities). And if you were expecting the creative juices to be running a little dry by now, you could barely be more wrong.

Produced by the band, Phantom Power keeps a much lower profile than RATW. Whereas once they were technicolour, now they've gone back to basics. Phantom Power is, for the most part, awash with pedal steel, acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies.

Seasoned Furrywatchers should be warned: initial impressions are not great. There are few obvious singles, for example, and a couple of songs - "Valet Parking", "Cityscape Skybaby" - feel like lazy throwaways.

However, repeated listening reveals hidden depths and delights aplenty. And, these being Super Furry Animals, a fair number of surprises are inevitably pulled out of the bag. Epic closer "Slow Life" is SFA's most successful mindrattling techno attempt so far. "The Piccolo Snare" begins dark and brooding with folk harmonies, before exploding into a sunshine crescendo before drifting off towards a Krautrock horizon, and Huw Bunford's "Sex, War & Robots" is an unexpectedly tender hymn to childhood that could melt the hardest of hearts.

Gruff Rhys' songwriting moves a step forward on Phantom Power, with playful story-based lyrics about turtles, mingers, ninjas and cabbages contrasting with lines about death, radiation and war. As Gruff says about "Venus & Serena", "I'm trying to get balladeering into my songs, but I don't think I've perfected it by any means, You can put this one down to my struggle with narrative!"

It's not the only instance of experimental songwriting on the album. Several songs, including the perfect Iggy rock of "Out Of Control" and - crucially - the two Father Father instrumentals, are based on a DADDAD open guitar tuning which recurs throughout the album.

But most notable is the tangible air of despondency that hangs over many of the songs. Phantom Power reflects the politically precarious times in which it was written: the fear of war and destruction is tangible, with plentiful references to body bags, oil wells, bombs and tarnished flags.

It's a tribute to SFA's skill and versatility that Phantom Power isn't the miserablist, mournful collection it could so easily have become. On the contrary, they've assembled a collection that is at times uplifting, joyous and frivolous, and is their most consistent collection since 1997's Radiator. Where do they go from here? One suspects, for SFA, the possibilities are limitless. Review courtesy of BBC Wales Music --Jack Smith

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind altering 27 July 2003
Format:DVD
Just sat down to watch Phantom Power for the first time. If you have bought it, thinking it to be a collection of unrelated promo videos slung together, you may be pleasantly suprised.
The DVD is a magical trip into world of The Super Furries, with animations by Peter Fowler, preceeding each song. The journey begins inside a giant diarama, and in order to watch each video, you play musical roulette, and end up with a random track each time, (which is a great idea, as it makes you veiw the album in a different way).
The songs are accompanied by visceral animations, pictures and videos and kinda conjure up those kinds of images you get just before you fall asleep, and make the music much more enjoyable, as the two go together so well.
There is a lot of stuff on this dvd, as there are remixes of every song on the album, commentries and hidden features (I haven't found all of them yet!)
all in all, it's weird, fun, scary and lovely.
SFA OK!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic Videos and surround sound glory! 24 July 2003
Format:DVD
The Super Furry Animals new album is among there best, if not the best, of their work. Yet what this DVD offers is a chance to hear the great album sounding even better than its CD version. The 5.1 surround sound enhances the songs to a whole new level and enable you to hear more backing vocals, instruments and sounds that were lost somewhere in the CD mix. Basicly this DVD makes the album sound even better, if that was possible.
Yet what it also offers cannot be ignored. The animations contributed by long time animator for the animals Pete Fowler help explain the song and are often funny, touching and even rather deep, fans of his "monsterism" artwork and toys, and SFA fans alike will love these cartoons. Also featured is an album length wallpaper (that moves and has occasional surprises) and some ultra hidden footage (took me a while to find). These make the deal all the more sweeter.
The one dissapointment for some may be the videos featured for the songs. Where 2001's "rings around the world" DVD offered funny, brilliant, if sometimes low budget, videos this dvd offers more of a screensaver to glare at. You get your TV turned into a lava lamp, a colour spectrum, a wall clock, a radio and many other strange things.
So if you expect great videos, don't buy this DVD. I for one love this new direction as i found the ring around the world videos distracting. Instead this time the band offer brilliant images that enhance to the feeling of the sound rather than distract your listning. A bubble rising to the rock riff of "out of control" and cells of colour joining to the techno folk of "slow life" seem strangly very relavent.
After all the dvd is all about the 5.1 surround mix and so if thats what you want, this will be a great purchase with the added bonus of brilliant "screen saver" videos. If you want music videos, watch mtv.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless 9 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
Proof that the SFA find it imposible to write a bad song. Every track on this masterpiece could be a single....but such is their quirkiness and genius, so different are they to the manufactured chart tripe, that there's no way anyone could accuse them of playing safe.
My favourite track's "Cityscape Skybaby", which is music that could comfortably accompany the titles of a fantasy sci-fi epic, such is its scale, and the guitar/synth solo is just perfect. Urban music by definition....in that it has a very "Urban" sound to it (Cityscape!)
On a more parochial level is "The Piccolo Snare", which sounds absolutely perfect when driving through the countryside on a grey, overcast day. The electronics at the end are just.....that word again, perfect.
"Liberty Belle" could be placed alongside "Mr. Bluesky" and "Soldier Girl" in the list of the "Happiest songs of all time". The lyrics might not be too positive, but such sunny melodies, the (ahem) perfect pop song....
They save the best 'til last though. "Slow Life" is perfect (I promise, that's the last time I'll use that word) opening music...EVERY album made by anyone should have Slow Life as the opening track....EVERY band should perform a cover as their opening song when live....of course, the SFA use it as their set opener nowadays and it rocks. Presumably it was placed at the end to leave a lasting impression, and because "Hello Sunshine" is very pretty.
Perfect (sorry).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars does anyone else appreciate genius? 5 Aug 2003
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Format:Audio CD
A tip to begin with, anyone else thinking about reviewing any Furries LP, don't do it after one listen, you'll change your mind...guaranteed.
I now feel able to review this masterpiece after two weeks and a dozen plays right through. How do you market an LP of this nature, when it must be the hardest thing in the world to think of single to promote it. National radio can't handle anything as way out as tracks that have different endings to the their beginnings (And no, not even you Jo Whiley!!)]
Hence Golden Retreiver was obvious as is maybe Venus and Serena, as they are both instantly catchy and likeable. Go deeper and play more though and feel your mouth open in splendour at The Piccolo Snare and Hello Sunshine (but why that sample at the start??) And i'm not even gonna start about Slow Life...yet!
Let's face it, these boys are wonderful, imaginative and creative like we haven't had for a while, i'm biting my lip trying not to mention the White Album or Abbey Road, but you can't help the comparison. Sure, The Thrills, Kings Of Leon et al are solid enough, but please, I implore you, sit down and listen closely to Phantom Power and in particular, Slow Life. This is Techno, music hall, guitar stomp and back again at least twice in 7 minutes of great music. A little word for The Undeafeted too, we can't ignore this Ska tribute, but unlike most tributes, this would would settle well in any Specials lp.
I have been collecting popular music all my life (which is a mighty long time now!!) and a good few bands are in my heart. None take up as much room as The Super Furry Animals. And for that I salute them. Buy or hang your head in shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy this album buy this album buy this album
I've long been a fan of SFA but i did go off them for a while after hearing Guerilla and rings around the world, mainly because i thought their albums were becoming too patchy. Read more
Published on 28 April 2009 by mega munch
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, pointless "animation"
The music on this DVD is excellent, it is exceptional SFA material. However, this DVD also advertises "animation". Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2009 by Samuel Peers
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistently solid work
This is a record that I seem to be able to appreciate more each time I listen to it. I still don't like it as much as "Love Kraft", but it seems that I can appreciate the... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2007 by Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars why this band are not rated more is a mystery to me,
Phantom Power is an album that brings in a mirad of differnt genres of music, and reinforces that the super furry animals are one of the great brittish bands of all time. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2007 by Whipelsmacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic
This is my favourite Super Furry Animals album, right from the optimistic opener, 'Hello Sunshine' to the techno finale of 'Slow Life'. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2006 by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars gastio
OK, OK, so i made that welsh word up; give me a break- it's my prerogative! Anyway, my point is that this is one hell of an album from one of the finest bands of my small nation... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2004 by David Hill
1.0 out of 5 stars WTF?
I thought the Rings Around the World DVD was pretty weak, but at least it had a couple of nice videos. This however is almost entirley rubbish. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Power Rangers
Album of 2003 full stop. For a band who had been consistently brilliant over 5 studio albums to better them all (in my opinion) is some feat and yet they are still largely... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2003 by "browcx"
4.0 out of 5 stars an eye to the interactive
If you're expecting a feature length animation, akin to the 'Rings Around The World' DVD, and are not the type content to be trying something different then you will most likely be... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2003 by "donkeywiggle"
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album since Radiator
The inventivity of the band comes through with Mario Caldato's
productions. Also nice to see them pushing out of their
signature sound. Bunf shines as a singer as well.
Published on 29 Oct 2003 by Moebius Smith
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