Q (UK) - - Q Review Reissues - CHRIS CATCH­POLE

Welsh odd­balls’ sec­ond LP gets deluxe treat­ment. For all Su­per Furry An­i­mals’ gonzo im­age, lis­ten­ing back to their sec­ond al­bum 20 years on, what strikes you is how re­lent­lessly tune­ful it all is. Lyrics about ser­vice sta­tion pies and vam­pires keep their wil­fully idio­syn­cratic strange­ness ever-present, but it’s the lush tex­tures and melodies – in­spired by post-Pet Sounds Beach Boys and ELO – that make it such a sat­is­fy­ing lis­ten. For any­one who wants to go fur­ther out-there though, there’s an eight-minute techno ver­sion of The Smiths’ The Boy With The Thorn In His Side in the whop­ping 30 tracks of bonus ma­te­rial.

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