Rings Around the World
Super Furry Animals
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Label: Xl Recordings
Duration: 1:02:10
Genre: Britain

The fifth album from Welsh pop prodigies Super Furry Animals is their most ambitious work to date. Featuring everything from status quo-style boogie-rockers to technofied drill and bass meltdowns, this is an immaculately conceived pop masterpiece that has more in common with the excitable genre-crushing of 1999's Guerrilla than with their previous album, the respectable but defiantly firework-less Welsh-language folk outing Mwng. One of the great joys here is that, though the lyrics are imbued with dippy fun, closer inspection reveals a satisfyingly off-kilter--and frequently inspirational--intelligence. The gorgeous "Presidential Suite"--which, incidentally, features John Cale tickling the ivories--marries the classic SFA psychedelic shimmer to a weary lyric concerning the Monica Lewinsky scandal that rocked the Clinton presidency. Frontman Gruff Rhys questions the event sadly, as if it's the most passé thing he can comprehend. Perhaps that's so: when you're playing with the sort of magic that's scattered liberally over Rings Around the World, even the salacious exploits of world leaders pale into tedium. --Louis Pattison

Alternate Route To Vulcan Street4:31
Sidewalk Serfer Girl4:00
(Drawing) Rings Around The World3:29
It's Not The End Of The World?3:25
Receptacle For The Respectable4:33
(A) Touch Sensitive3:08
No Sympathy6:57
Juxtapozed With U3:08
Presidential Suite5:24
Run! Christian, Run!7:20
Fragile Happiness3:04
The Roman Road
Happiness Is A Worn Pun3:19
Gypsy Space Muffin
Edam Anchorman
All The Shit U Do2:29
Alternate Route To Vulcan Street (Bench Remix)6:34
(Drawing) Rings Around The World (Llwybr Llaethog Remix)3:32
(At Least) It's Not The End Of The World? (Force Unknown Remix)3:53
[A] Touch Sensitive (Force Unknown Remix)6:22
Shoot Doris Day (Wauvenfold Remix)4:05
Miniature (Goem Remix)0:42
No Sympathy (Kid 606 Remix)4:46
Juxtapozed With U (SFA Remix)3:22
Presidential Suite (High Llamas Remix)4:17
Run! Christian, Run! (Massimo Remix)7:17
Fragile Happiness (Brave Captain Remix)4:00
Alternate Route To Vulcan Street (Atmos Remix)4:41
Presidential Suite (Phat Eric Remix)5:15
Fragile Happiness (Pieweigher Remix)4:05
Juxtapozed With U (Lesser Remix)3:22
[A] Touch Sensitive (Force Unknown Remix 2)7:53
Original Release: 2001-01-01
Arranged By: Super Furry Animals
Producer: Chris Shaw, Super Furry Animals
UPC: 607618502621, 5099750241325, 5099720145790, 5099750241394