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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2003
Quite what the Furries were trying to prove with this DVD is beyond apprehension. The videos are all based on one basic computer graphic each, and there is little variation in each one. For example, Picollo Snare starts with a plain red screen, and all that happens throughout the song is that it slowly turns to yellow. This is not artistically merited either - it's simply cheap, boring and a sell out to eagerly expectant fans. 'Out of Control' features a man on a beach slowly, and painstakingly slowly at that, emerging from a velvet bubble. Hardly entertainment. The videos don't even go well with the songs themselves.
What is perhaps most baffling is that, before each video, SFA put on a minute long, obscure cartoon, featuring their characteristic creatures. These cartoons would be perfect accompaniments for the songs, and should be used as the main videos, but instead we're given an hour of minimalistic drivel.
Only star this one deserves are for the cartoons - the videos are unimaginative, cheap-looking and dull.
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2004
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. Pete Fowlers intros are good but too short. Such wicked songs deserve better treatments than those dished up on this expensive dvd. Really bad I'm sorry to say.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2003
After the edge and fiery passion of the magnificent ‘Rings Around the World’, the most striking aspect of their follow up album is how the SFA appear to have sunk back into their own (albeit wonderfully weird) comfort zone.
Whilst no-one could ever accuse SFA of lyrical banality, their excursions into more wayward musical genres (the country twang of ‘Sex, War and Robots’ – can any song ever have been gifted a less apt autograph? – and the calypso driven ‘The Undefeated’) are safe to say the least. Safe SFA songs? Previously a contradiction in terms, but not, I fear, the case for these mediocre moments.
However, ‘Phantom Power’ has much to redeem itself. Take the intriguing ‘Liberty Belle’ with its ‘We’re digging our own hell’ hook, the criminally catchy ‘Golden Retriever’ (are there any finer exponents of the sub three minute pop song?), the sublime West Coast (USA that is, not Wales!) harmonies of ‘The Piccolo Snare’, and the eerie, but aching ‘Cityscape Skybaby’, and you already have a handful of classically timeless SFA compositions.
Add into the fray the more standard efforts like ‘Hello Sunshine’ and ‘Bleed Forever’, combine those with the daft ‘Valet Parking’, and you have a slightly imperfect, but all the same, thoroughly rewarding, cornucopia of eclectic ditties from one of the most underrated and original bands of our time.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2003
Despite a number of gushing reviews for this album,SFA are still lurking in an area they dont deserve to be.Sadly,for me this album is rather a disapointment, the quirky,orginality of their previous efforts has faded and this almost falls into sub-Oasis trad at times.
Having produced at least three classic albums already they seem to have faltered here, the tunes are mixed to say the least with the second half of this record needing some quality control.
Needless to say this is far,far better than anything their mid-90's contemparies are releasing(bar maybe Radiohead) and gets better after a few listens.
My main problem is just how ordinary and staid this album seems next to the amazing "Rings Around The World".Its unlikely that they will fade away but this is the first average release of their eight year career.
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