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Hey Venus

1 rating: 3.0
An album by Super Furry Animals

Track Listing: 1. The Gateway Song 2. Run-Away 3. Show Your Hand 4. The Gift That Keeps Giving 5. Neo Consumer 6. Into the Night 7. Baby Ate My Eighball 8. Carbon Dating 9. Suckers! 10. Battersea Odyssey 11. Let the Wolves Howl At the Moon

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1 review about Hey Venus

Hey Furries!

  • Feb 4, 2008
Rating:
+3
A surprising number of reviewers are panning this album. Are we listening to the same thing? I would put this right up there with the groups best work. For the record, my all-time favorite SFA album has to be Rings Around the World, but there is not s dud in the bunch.

Venus is a good follow-up to Love Kraft, another album that many did not like. Both are excellently crafted sonic experiences. Hey Venus! is supposed to be a loosely based concept album and I get it, but it works for me just as well on a song by song basis, especially since it is so short (36 minutes!). But then again keep most tracks at 4 minutes or well under keeps them from getting old. I get a bit of a retro vibe al la, the Beach Boys and the Beatles, but this is still very much SFA, thank you very much. Production quality is off the charts, and the tracks are the whole are upbeat and mellow.

Mine is the USA release with the bonus disc containing 4 extra tracks (Never More, Aluminum Illuminati, These Bones, That's What I'm Talking About). Unlike the main album, I can see why these tracks are relegated to a bonus disc. Nothing really bad about them, but as a whole they are not as catch or interesting as the primary album tracks. Still nice to have though.

There are also two videos on the bonus disc. One shows the Animals having fun in the studio laying down some tracks (Sweet Soundboard Batman!). The other is a video for the song Run-Away. I like the song, but I can't say I really care for the video.

Overall, Hey Venus! is a worthy SFA album, with some minor niggles. The main 11 tracks grabbed me at first listen and keep growing on me with each new listen.Thanks guys. I could pretty much take or leave the bonus disc though, but I will probably burn the 4 tracks into a playlist with the others so I'm glad I have it. Solid 4-star experience.

BTW, I for one dig the funky cover art. Lyrics and other info is one side of a 6 panel fold-out, while the other has two 3 panel mini-posters. I have a feeling that if I look at it long enough, some secrets will be revealed...

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Label: Rough Trade Us
Release Date: January 22, 2008

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