Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo

Album Review
May 2011

Cover Art: Gruff Rhys, 'Hotel Shampoo'

Pop prankster turns travel-size suds into mellow gold.

This madcap Welshman collected 15 years of complimentary cosmetics, displayed them in an art gallery, and then released a companion album of whimsically rewarding, mildly schizophrenic psych-pop. Of course he did: Whether driving a military tank through Glastonbury or recording a synth-pop tribute to playboy '80s auto mogul John Delorean, Super Furry Animals' frontman makes the gimmicky sublime. Pilfering lounge, folk, and Tropic√°lia, Rhys sumptuously accommodates Swedish songstress El Perro Del Mar and -- metaphorically, at least -- "Christopher Columbus."

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-- David Carr, The New York Times

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-- Rob Walker, The New York Times

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