Release Date: Nov 4, 2016
Record label: BMG
For the seminal Welsh band Super Furry Animals, genre is merely another tool to accentuate their big sound, laden with imaginative synths and heavily orchestrated guitars. They deserve credit for producing music that is endlessly interesting, fun, and surprising..
It's impossible to say who the most consistent band of the past 25 years is, but one name that would almost certainly be found in the mix would be Super Furry Animals. Since putting out their debut EP Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (In Space) in the summer of 1995, they've maintained a level of consistency with both their albums and singles very few other artists - if any - could match. Even during the fallow years - and it would be hard to envisage even the most die hard fan ranking 2007's Hey Venus! or its successor and as of yet, final long player to date Dark Days/Light Years alongside the likes of 1997's Radiator or 2001's Rings Around the World where overall quality control is concerned.
Twenty years after its release, the most surprising thing about listening to Fuzzy Logic is how normal it sounds on the surface. Even compared with the more esoteric strands of Br*tpop - Pulp’s sordid flounce, say, or the high-concept new romanticism of Mansun - a cursory spin could leave you almost able to call Super Furry Animals normal. Fast forward two decades, and you skim past tanks, a Parliamentary commendation, ultra-profane hit singles, and some of the strangest pop music ever to grace the charts.
Fuzzy Logic – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition **** BMG 4050538216554 (2CD/LP) Zoom: The Best Of… 1995-2016 **** BMG 4050538216455 (2CD) Record Collectors are a canny lot, with superb taste, we know that right? It certainly explains why the stock of Super Furry Animals’ back catalogue has continued to rise to the point where investing in their albums may well mean living on beans for the rest of the month. Happily, this reissue of their glam-rockin’, sci-fi embracing debut Fuzzy Logic will mean it’s a little easier for fans to enjoy it on wax. Not only that, but on transferring the original tapes band archivist Cliph Schurlock realised that the original mastering had shaved off the mid-range frequencies, which he promptly restored, along with previously edited intros.