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June 14, 2011

Album Review:
Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo LP

Upon first hearing that Gruff Rhys had released a new solo album called Hotel Shampoo, I found that his Super Furry Animals project was still in the kennel.    Welshman Gruff Rhys assembles a sound of quiet psychedelia with exploding choruses, cascading keyboards, weeping violins, and other surprising instrumental flourishes throughout, which are characteristic of the experimentalism that Gruff brings to his solo work and also with SFA.    There is even a duet with Sweden's Sarah Assbring of El Perro del Mar on Space Dust #2 that includes the beautifully nonsensical lyrics "When I saw you at the seminar, rainbows and fireworks flow. When I saw you at the seminar, active volcanoes aglow."    Hotel Shampoo is not immediately affecting, until you've understood that this cat named Gruff is up to more than just collecting tiny packages of soaps and shampoos.

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01 Shark Ridden Waters - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
02 Honey All Over - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
03 Sensations in the Dark - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
04 Vitamin K - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
05 Take a Sentence - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
06 Conservation Conversation - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
07 Sophie Softly - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
08 Christopher Columbus - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
09 Space Dust - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
10 At the Heart of Love - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
11 Patterns of Power - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
12 If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme) - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)
13 Rubble Rubble - Gruff Rhys - (Album: Hotel Shampoo)

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