Gruff Rhys front man for Super Furry Animals, has been a busy man, not only has he been working on a follow up to 2005's Love Kraft, he was also working on his second solo album "Candylion".
His first solo release was sang in entirely in welsh, on "Candylion", Gruff sticks primarily to English, though he dose sneak in a song a Welsh and another song in Spanish.
This album is not a collection of songs that were not deemed good enough to fit on a Super Furry Animals record, this is a completely stand alone record.
This album is a remarkably minimal recording, featuring some laid backtracks, that for the most part are really solid sun kissed pop.
The second half of this album, the songs start to become a samey sludge, to be rescued by closing track, the lo-fi epic track "Skylon" which tells the story of a mid air high jacking.
Beginning with passengers boarding and ends with the press conference in the aftermath of the hijacking, this song is Rhys has ever written, it never lets up for the 14 minuets running length.
Whist the second of half of this record, dose begin to sound extremely similar by the second half of this record, but the first half works extremely well, in particular the lead single Candyloin, is a definite stand out, highlight, worth your time and effort.