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Gruff Rhys


Sixth solo album from the Super Furry Animals frontman

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  1. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Pang! doesn't just look forward to a blazing global meltdown. Beneath the modernist sheen, Rhys roots these songs in something older and wiser. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A delight to hear Rhys once again embracing the possibilities of technology and harnessing modern, global sounds to enhance his unique vision. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Beautifully approachable, brimming with undeniable affection for its influences, contributors, construction, and, most appealingly, it’s intended audience
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Sung in Welsh, produced by South African artist Muzi, Rhys’s latest is a chamber folk-rock minor masterpiece
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    The songs are sturdily written, clever tunes in a classic guitar-pop tradition but the execution eschews conventions, resulting in a vivid, lively and refreshing album
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  6. 8.0 |   music OMH

    This is music providing inspiration and solace for our dark surroundings
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  7. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    You don't need to know a lick of Welsh to enjoy the Super Furry Animals' newest solo record
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  8. 7.5 |   The Quietus

    In a world which needs that pang of positivity – a world which coincidentally seems to be intent on burning bridges, building walls and dividing itself – an album which represents optimism, cross-culturalism and the erasing of borders in favour of creativity and collaboration, is a breath of fresh air
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  9. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    While Super Furry Animals remain on pause, Gruff Rhys continues making music with his latest solo release
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  10. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    There are some odd decisions: a lovely jazz-noir brass solo that distinguishes Niwl O Anwiredd is spoiled by the rickety percussion. But Pang!’s mishmash of styles is pleasant enough. Another charmer to add to Rhys’s blessed discography
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  11. 6.0 |   Q

    An interesting stopover on a journey marked by constant curiosity. Print edition only

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