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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Under rated SFA continue to excite the ears....., 6 Nov 2007
It seems that every super furries fan has a different favourite, but for me Slow life on Phantom Power is the track that captures their brilliance best. Whether it is for the rockier crowd pleaser or the beautifully crafted ballad I don't think there is a band in the world that is as underrated as the sublime Welsh Wizards.
Hey Venus! seems to me to have been rushed out compared to some of their other work as the quality of the first 4 tracks isn't quite carried through to the second half (Baby ate my eight ball being the exception). Every album has a track or two that doesn't quite fit, Valet Parking, Mario man, Oi Frango and Psyclone! and about half of Guerilla, and for that Hey Venus! has Neo-consumer. The delciously crafted journey through invention and melody is interrupted by Neo-Consumer and Into the night, however into the night is good where neo-consumer could have been written by one of their also ran contemporaries, a little too mindless by SFA standards.
The album is good but not their best, however as songbook kind of proves if you want to mix and match between the albums it doesn't quite work, so I'd recommend treating yourself to the full back catalog and just skip those tracks that don't work. I'll give it 5/5 because every SFA album is better than the competition.