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Sadness Sets Me Free

Gruff Rhys

Sadness Sets Me Free

Eighth solo album from the Super Furry Animals frontman recorded in three days in March 2022

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  1. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    The Super Furry Animals front man’s fresh-sounding latest offers hope and light for what’s ahead
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  2. 8.4 |   Northern Transmissions

    If you’re new to this seasoned songwriter, this is a good entry point, with a hefty back catalog to look back upon and discover
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  3. 8.0 |   XS Noize

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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Rhys reaches a recording quarter-century milestone in fine style
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  5. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There's a bit of straight up agit-prop which lyrically would happily fit on a Crass record
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It’s hard to recall a set of songs on which Rhys’s low-key radicalism and unquenchable sense of wonder have coexisted with such ease. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Rhys’s melodies stay with you, and his wordplay is as pleasingly idiosyncratic as ever. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    It's just different enough from most of his other work that it feels fresh and exciting, providing more evidence that Rhys is one of the most interesting and satisfying singer/songwriters of any era
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  9. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A truly consistent affair, one of the most pleasant Gruff presented us to date
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  10. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Is this all a minor emotional bloodletting for Rhys, or is Sadness Sets Me Free an exercise in tightening his control of elegant mope-pop? It’s hard to say, though thankfully it doesn’t feel like it cuts deep enough for us to be worried about him just yet
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