Phantom Power The Super Furries know their pop history, steeping themselves in Burt Bacharach trumpets, Philly soul ballads, and the fine whine of a Grand Ole Opry… Phantom Power The Super Furries know their pop history, steeping themselves in Burt Bacharach trumpets, Philly soul ballads, and the fine whine of a Grand Ole Opry… 2003-07-22 Super Furry Animals
Review

Phantom Power (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 22, 2003; Lead Performance: Super Furry Animals

The Super Furries know their pop history, steeping themselves in Burt Bacharach trumpets, Philly soul ballads, and the fine whine of a Grand Ole Opry pedal steel. It's a good thing, too, because the luminous orchestrations and harmonies counterbalance bleak observations about radiation poisoning, holy wars, and ''pretty pictures of starvation.'' But the Welsh quintet's concept-album ambitions are undercut by inherent goofiness, especially when the band parodies Robert Johnson (''Golden Retriever'') and Iron Maiden (''Out of Control'').

Originally posted Jul 18, 2003 Published in issue #719 Jul 18, 2003 Order article reprints
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