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World's Strongest Man

Gaz Coombes

World's Strongest Man

Former Supergrass member's third solo studio album of alt-pop

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  1. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Whether he’s the world’s strongest man or not, Gaz Coombes is still one of Britain’s strongest – and perhaps underrated – songwriters
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  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    In lesser hands such eclecticism may have felt forced and disjointed, here it’s nothing short of excellent
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    Coombes, unlike some of his ‘90s peers, has shown an ability and, more importantly, a desire to challenge himself and move forward
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A bold, brisk, rather beautiful zip through multiple pop genres. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Q

    Frank Ocean's Blonde reportedly influenced the tech-driven songwriting process, but there are echoes, too, of U2 at their more exploratory, and, on the twisty-riffed In Waves, last year's QOTSA album. Olympian. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This is continuing proof that the 42-year-old Gaz Coombes's best work is happening in the here and now. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    World's Strongest Man is Gaz Coombes most diverse album to date with each song finding him experimenting with fresh sounds and rhythms and constantly pushing at the edges of the sound meaning
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  8. 8.0 |   music OMH

    A highly accomplished and deeply felt third album to add to an already auspicious Gaz Coombes canon
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    A record that captures the anxious state of the world and shows a more fragile Gaz Coombes, far removed from the happy-go-lucky teenager who wrote ‘Caught By The Fuzz’ and ‘Alright’
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  10. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    A winning combination of the familiar and the peculiar
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  11. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Another step forward from Coombes’ ‘Matador’ LP of 2015, helping him to avoid being pigeonholed like his former band unfairly were
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  12. 6.0 |   DIY

    Moving into his next phase with real class
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  13. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Coombes is clearly not the same musician that he once was. His onward march toward progress can’t be faulted
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  14. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The former Supergrass leader is so busy trying to prove something with his lofty themes and overreaching stylisation, that all of the magic is lost
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  15. 4.0 |   The Music

    While artists should try to develop and attempt new things, World's Strongest Man proves that doing so doesn't always work
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