Super Furry Animals released their lively wild-ride album Fuzzy Logic in 1996, throwing some Welsh weirdness into the Britpop mix. This twentieth anniversary reissue includes the remastered album plus a round-up of all the contemporary B-sides. Also (for the CD edition) a second disc, containing a sackful of previously unreleased material.
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8/10 Stephen Customer review, 1st November 2016
Although “Fuzzy Logic” arrived at the height of Britpop in 1996 it’s always positioned itself away from that movement it my eyes. Super Furry Animals stood on their own being original and innovative in the process.
“Fuzzy Logic” is crammed with catchy tunes and great lyrics. Opener “God Show Me Magic” is almost early Teenage Fanclub played at 78rpm, but lyrics like “Wouldn’t it be nice to know what the paper doesn’t show, what the TV doesn’t say and what my hamster ate today” gives it that nicely bonkers edge. “Frisbee” does a similar job with the line “I got my Frisbee sharpened and honed, I got it galvanised and chromed”. The strong Welsh accents also may help the delivery of such lines.
“Something 4 The Weekend” is the most of-its-time track on here and its anthemic almost-Beatlesy chorus slightly fits the Britpop mould. However, the Celtic folk of “Gathering Moss” which has an intro reminiscent of The Fureys, the glitchy, screaming noises on “Bad Behaviour” and the soft-space groove of “Mario Man” set this apart. The latter also contains what is arguably the album’s best line “Struggling in a vortex with my jacket made of Gore-Tex”.
The great singles on here include “Hometown Unicorn” and “If You Don’t Want Me To Destroy You”. This is one of their best albums along with its follow-up “Radiator” and “Rings Around The World”.
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