- Audio CD (25 July 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Sony Music CMG
- ASIN: B00005ML9I
- Other Editions: Audio CD | DVD Audio | Vinyl | Mini-Disc | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Rings Around The World CD
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SUPER FURRY ANIMALS Rings Around The World (2001 UK 13-track CD album including the singles Juxtaposed With U [Drawing] Rings Around The World and Its Not The end Of The World? with the fold-out lyric booklet inlay)
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, 12 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just as good as I remembered it. Seminal album by the welsh psychadelic-brit poppers which helped propel them into the mainstream.Published on 16 Sept. 2013 by Craig Dawson
First time around, don't know how and don't care really, an album of classic tunes with just a couple of duffers.Published on 2 July 2013 by EDDEV
Rings Around the World is another piece of cracked genius it mixes crooning songs with rock and psychaedelia to original and unforgetable effect.Published on 11 Mar. 2013 by Nadi
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 morePublished on 13 May 2012 by onehappybunny
This ambitious album marks their major label debut, is the best record of the band's career and an immaculately conceived pop masterpiece. Read morePublished on 20 July 2010 by Alister King
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 morePublished on 23 May 2009 by Lovely Baby J
This seller offers good value for money, a fast delivery and a customer service that is second to none. Read morePublished on 8 May 2009 by Mr. R. Mann