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8/10 Tom Customer review, 25th May 2018
The Under the Influence series gives artists a chance to give what you might call a mad shout-out to the bands that inspired their sound. As this edition is being curated by Welsh pop experimentallists Super Furry Animals the collection is suitably eclectic.
The Beach Boys and ELO influence is undeniable in some of SFA's more multi-coloured and multi-layered pop songs (particularly on the run of albums they released before this compilation - Rings Around the World, Phantom Power and Love Kraft), while the MC5 makes sense in light of some the band's more riotous noise experiments. Elsewhere Underworld get a nod, having been a clear inspiration for their more electronic oriented work (particularly the turn-of-the-century album Guerilla).
Most heartening of all however is their acknowledgment of fellow Welsh bands Gorky's Zygotic Mynci (who are criminally underrated in their own right) and the hugely influential Datblygu who SFA have covered on multiple occasions. A notable omission is Steely Dan whose song "Show Biz Kids" formed the basis of one of SFA's more notorious songs "The Man Don't Give a Fuck". Given the trouble they had clearing the rights in the first place (giving 95% of royalties to Steely Dan) its understandable if they didn't feel like making contact once again.
A great collection regardless, but twice as good if you're an SFA fan.
7/10 Jack Customer review, 11th July 2017
If you're the kind of person who loves music and are always on the lookout for exposure to new artists and sounds, compilation series like "Under the Influence," "DJ Kicks," and "Late Night Tales" are a godsend. The Super Furry Animal's entry is no exception. Great stuff is all over this disc, songs you'd never hope to find elsewhere, all collected conveniently on one fantastically enjoyable disc. If you're an adventurous listener (and you'd think most SFA fans would be), you'll love this stuff.
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