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The follow up to Stainless Steel, Praxis Makes Perfect, is the second album from collaborators Gruff Rhys (frontman of Welsh band Super Furry Animals) and producer Boom Bip.
This is the limited edition double CD.
Top Customer Reviews
But I listened again. And again. And I can't stop listening to it. I constantly hum all the tracks on an endless mind-loop. This album is utterly, utterly brilliant.
I've read quite a lot of criticism of it, much along the lines of a 'lack of singles', but to me this is a risky concept, and subject matter, and the songs flow beautifully together as a bio. Singles and stand-out tracks are not really what it is about. Besides, I personally think 'The Jaguar' and 'Hammer and Sickle' are as good as anything on Stainless.
And I was so happily surprised that, even with a left wing politician as the inspiration rather than a chin-implanted capitalist behemoth, that the eighties synth and pop feel (which I'd personally associate with Western decadence and excess) still remained in all its glory!
This is such a clean and refined album ... enough already; my main point is: If you were disappointed first time round, I really recommend sticking with it.
Gruff Rhys cannot do a thing wrong in my opinion and this album continues to show what a talented, versatile and fun musician he is. A great project and I hope there are third and fourth and more albums to come!
Another great album by Neon Neon.
As with the second release from Neon Neon. Carrying on with their 80's production sound, but with less guitar (so if you're a fan of Gruff Rhys SFA or his other solo projects, this record Is probably not for you), but a little more sophisticated.
It is real delight to hear songs about Dr. Zhivgo & playing on the beach with Fidel (although it's probably a metaphor development of communism), a subject matter rarely touch on in Indie music.
Now not wishing to sound lazy or pig ignorant, but I cant real be bothered to research this Praz fellow, or read "Senior Service" by Carlo Feltrinelli (the book that this album is based on), but just simply enjoy a fascinating & pretty unique sounding record.
The Deluxe version of the CD contain 4 great extra songs, that are more laid back & atmospheric, it just a shame they couldn't have found space on the original album (Praxis only lasts for 30 minutes).
So I think a stronger record that "Stainless Style" with Gruff & Boom Bip becoming used to each others working practice. So an album that is not going to tilt the music world on it's axis, but further mythologize one of the UK's most gifted songwriters.
I'm often disappointed by side collaborations, but there has been some amazing work created by members of SFA over the last year. Check out Cian Ciarán 'Outside In' and personally I'm in love with Gulp (Guto Pryce of SFA and Lindsey Leven) who have just recorded an album after their debut single 'Game Love' which I hope will see the light of day very soon.
Phew... my first amazon review done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
her in doors.
It is of interest to people who take their music in whatever direction they feel it takes them.
Be aware you will get hooked.
Its happened to me.
Although fans of the debut album may find some solace in this album it is a slightly more risky purchase. Read morePublished on 13 July 2013 by David
I didn't even buy this product! I have the Amazon mp3 app and my phone hah unlocked and bought this album! Read morePublished on 1 July 2013 by Kim McC
Got this Album as I loved their first concept album so much.
But what's even better is the live show - you MUST see it if you can!
Stainless style - was exactly that..80s poppy with a current twist - music based story telling that you'd dig out time & time again. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2013 by Janus Johansen
Less electronic than the first album and much fewer guest appearances, but as always with a Gruff Rhys album there is melody and wit by the rather large bucket-load. Get it!!!Published on 25 May 2013 by Mp P. K. Bond