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Rings Around the World [MINIDISC]

Super Furry Animals Mini-Disc
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  • Mini-Disc (23 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00005ML9J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 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 Sensitive
7. Shoot Doris Day
8. Miniature
9. No Symphony
10. Juxtaposed With U
11. Presidential Sweet
12. Run! Christian, Run!
13. Fragile Happiness

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The fifth album from Welsh pop prodigies Super Furry Animals, Rings Around the World is their most staggeringly ambitious work to date. Featuring everything from Status Quo-style boogie-rockers to technofied drill & bass meltdowns--and even, on the DVD version, twelve specially commissioned film shorts rendered in dizzying surround sound--this is an immaculately conceived pop masterpiece with far more in common with the excitable genre-crushing of 1999's "Guerrilla" than their previous album, the very respectable but defiantly firework-less Welsh-language folk outing Mwng. One of the greatest joys is that while the lyrics are imbued throughout with a sense of dippy fun, closer inspection reveals a satisfyingly off-kilter --and frequently inspirational--intelligence. The gorgeous "Presidential Suite"--which, incidentally, features John Cale tickling the ivories--marries the classic SFA psychedelic shimmer to a weary lyric concerning the Monica Lewinsky scandal that rocked the Clinton presidency, frontman Gruff Rhys questioning it sadly like it's the most passé thing he can comprehend. Perhaps that's so: when you're playing with the sort of magic that's scattered liberally over Rings Around the World, even the salacious exploits of world leaders pale into tedium. --Louis Pattison

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Differant, but fantastic 6 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Having never bought any Super Furry's albums before, I bought this one with a great deal of thought, as usually it takes me a while to break into differant styles of music. And the furrys have their own individual style. On first listen, I was still a little unsure, until the album got to Run Christian Run, that is. This song is an incredible opus, composed with swirling guitars and vocals, and (if you own the special DvD edition of the album) a thought provocing and opinionated promo video. Its an incredible song, and it makes you go back and listen to all the other tracks and realise how fantastic they are too. Juxtaposed with you, Presidential Suite, Rings Around the World, they are all worthy of a single release. There arent really any weak songs on this album, but then again if you are expecting belting prog rock anthems aka Muse, dont bother. This albums beauty is the way it draws the listener in and makes them think and feel the lyrics and melody. A stunning effort.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 8 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is the first I've heard from the Furries and to be honest, I need not hear any more. It can't get any better. A happy-slappy mix of all genres of music makes this album one the best for a long time. Stretching from the bass-filled Rings Around The World to the magnificent, if not bizarre, ending to No Sympathy, the sarcasm and apathetic look at life around these Welsh Wonders make this an album well worth at least several listenings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summer of Furry 2001 27 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Summer 2001. I had fallen in love with SFA long ago. But this happened to be the first release I had got on release day (have got every one ever since). I was in the middle of my GCSE exams. I got up early and waited outside HMV from around 8.45 to purchase the CD and DVD. I think this album changed my life. I knew this band were special but I didn't realise every song on this album would stir every emotion in me. I will never forget the summer of 2001. I left school. I heard one of the best albums ever. Buy it, Just buy it. Listen to it. It may take a few listens but you will cherish it for life. Believe me. It is one of the best and most adventurous albums EVER. Impossible to define a genre. Thank you. And trust me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What? 9 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
I really don't see what the problem is. Reading the customer reviews of this album and the other SFA albums, a lot of people seem to think that Rings Around the World is an over-produced highly flawed piece of....this warranted cries of "were you listening to the same album as me?"
Ok, it was the first SFA album I ever heard, that might have altered my perception somewhat. Still, I find it quite hard to determine exactly what people find so wrong about this album. The highly chilled opener, "Alternative Route to Vulcan Street", is gorgeous, a showcase of their now trademark quirkiness...which gives way to the equally brilliant "Sidewalk Serfer Girl", a perfect pop song with thrash metal injections.
Positively bursting with genius, the album's full of glorious moments that I found extremely refreshing on first listen. At this point the most avant-garde CD in my collection was Travis's Invisible Band. Simply put, this was unlike anything I'd ever heard before. "No Sympathy" shocked me the most....glorious, glorious sunny pop music that gives way to an insane techno freakout....
Then there's the lush "Juxtaposed with U", the wonderful "Run Christian Run" and the menacing "Touch Sensitive"....A great album, tomorrow's classic rock....today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Variety 31 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've had this album since release, one of those indispensable friends whose absence makes your collection incomplete. Updating from vinyl meant a recent cd purchase and inspiration to review. This is an album that wears its influences on its sleeve yet is not derivative, it is inspired and the result is uniquely SFA. A variety of styles but sounding like the same band throughout, rather than a straightforward review I thought it may be helpful to offer an idea of the feel of each track.
1. Alternate Route To Vulcan Street - Protection era Massive attack on Mogadon.
2.Sidewalk Surfer Girl - Very evocative of Mercury Rev/Flaming Lips.
3.(Drawing) Rings Around The World - Forget the insulting Quo comparisons, think 'Silver Machine' era Hawkwind with a harmony vocal arrangement by Brian Wilson.
4. The World ..... - Beautiful in a Walker Brothers way,60's pop bass guitar and a vehicle for Gruff's under rated vocals.
5. Receptacle For The Respectable - The Beatles at every stage of their career with perhaps a greater 'Norwegian Wood' emphasis and a dash of ELO's 'Mr Blue Sky'.
6.(A) Touch Sensitive - Portishead with the John Barry influence turned up high. Analogue other worldliness.
7. Shoot Doris Day - Epic orchestral with a Radiohead - 'Karma Police' feel.
8.Miniature - A lullaby for The Clangers. Expectedly brief.
9.No Sympathy - A 'Peggy Suicide' era Julian Cope feel.
10.Juxtaposed With You - Robot rhumba.
11. Presidential Suite - Easy Listening Burt Bacharach vibe.
12.Run! Christian, Run! - Cowboy campfire blues meets 'For Your Pleasure' era Roxy Music.
13. Fragile Happiness - A mini 'Hey Jude'.
Very much a complete work best appreciated from start to finish, a great entre into the SFA world guaranteed to have you chomping at the bit for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as I remembered it
Just as good as I remembered it. Seminal album by the welsh psychadelic-brit poppers which helped propel them into the mainstream.
Published 10 months ago by Craig Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars I missed it
First time around, don't know how and don't care really, an album of classic tunes with just a couple of duffers.
Published 13 months ago by EDDEV
4.0 out of 5 stars Rings Around The World
Rings Around the World is another piece of cracked genius it mixes crooning songs with rock and psychaedelia to original and unforgetable effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album
Now I love the Super Furry's but this must be their best album :) Lovely ballads, rocking tracks, electro break-outs... it's got the lot. Read more
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Published on 20 July 2010 by Alister King
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as all that
I just wanted to endorse the other positive reviews for Rings Around the World. I was somewhat suspicious and unconvinced when this came out; it was a bit too lush and glossy and... Read more
Published on 23 May 2009 by Lovely Baby J
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Published on 8 May 2009 by Mr. R. Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the last decade
I absolutely love the Super Furries. They're light hearted, they defy labeling and, well, they make really cool music. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2007 by JDB11
5.0 out of 5 stars So...they took me home ...but I didn't like it anymore...FF
May I compare this album to a Summer's day....a picnic of styles and soundz,..."it's daytime yet I feel like dancin..!!"
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Published on 19 Mar 2004 by S M Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop whingeing SFA oldie fans!
Having read a number of the more carping reviews by the band's more venerable listeners, I can't say I agree with any of them! Read more
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