Songbook The Singles explicit_lyrics
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This singles compilation does exactly what you'd expect - compiling all the hits - not in chronological order but simply to make a great listen - and is further proof that SFA were streets ahead of the majority of their Brit-Pop contemporaries.
There is so much intelligence, wit, musical inventiveness and, at times, madness that to compare them to the likes of Suede, Oasis or Dodgy (who were the competion) seems almost trite.
There seems to be no genre that SFA were unafraid to tackle - 'Hello Sunshine' is stacked with glorious Beachboys harmonies, 'Something For The Weekend' and 'Hometown Unicorn' outBlur Blur, 'Juxtaposed With U' is smooth Philly Soul and the spritely 'Northern Lites' skips along on a faux Carabbian rhythm. They even had a stab at ELO pomp with 'Drawing Rings Around The World' and Glitter stomp - 'Golden Retriever'.
This willingness to experiment, sometimest at the cost of melody and structure, would prove the bands achille's heel in reaching out to a wider audience. When they played it straighter however, as on the gorgeous ballad 'Demons' or the driving synth lead 'Play it Cool' the boys from the valleys were untouchable. Challenging but never less than entertaining.
Songbook is a collection of the finest singles from one of the most colourful singles bands of the last decade. The bizarre and entertaining publicity stunts have ranged from arriving to festivals in a pink tank to pissing about with Yetis, while the music remains just as weird and wonderful. Every alt-rock classic is here, from the early fuzz-rock of God! Show Me Magic to Caribbean-flavoured classic Northern Lites. It's a showcase for the fact that the Furries are as original and daring as experimentalist mates Mogwai, but their best tunes will remain stuck in your head for weeks. They're one of the few bands who can create an instant Top 20 hit and still stick two minutes of Japanese phone noises at the end of it.
If you're not yet an SFA devotee, this is the perfect starting point. It's a Greatest Hits that's far more than just a collection of their most commercial work: amidst the 21 tracks are two songs sung in Welsh, a seven-minute techno exploration and a chart hit with the most uses of the f-word in it ever. Funny, accessible and original, and this is just volume one.