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Babelsberg

Gruff Rhys

Babelsberg

Fifth solo album from the Super Furry Animals frontman, featuring the 72-piece National Orchestra of Wales

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
Rough Trade
UK Release date
08/06/2018
US Release date
08/06/2018
  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Warm and weird, but suddenly no stranger than the world around it
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  2. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Despite the sober themes that scar its surface, Babelsberg is ultimately a sorely-needed tonic
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Without doubt, one of the finest expressions so far of Rhys's talent. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Q

    In his best solo album yet, Gruff Rhys paints with bright and uplifting colours. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The lens of amusement and sympathy through which Rhys views the turning world around him brings new life to the lineage he draws and draws from
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  6. 8.0 |   music OMH

    You can’t really imagine a better soundtrack for the end of the world
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Another great effort from the always distinguished singer/songwriter
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    It’s a record in its creator’s image; curious, insightful, eclectic and - most of all - good fun, against the odds
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    One keeps wondering whether an album so dismally inclined should be such a pleasure to listen to
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  10. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Rhys offers the best of songs for the end of times
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  11. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The cinematic soundtrack of one man’s minor failures and awkward episodes, delivered with a shrug and a rueful smile
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  12. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Might not the best album Rhys has made, but it is a fine addition to a prolific canon of work from a remarkably consistent and singular singer-songwriter
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  13. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    A rich, nuanced pop album that feels like something French from the late ’60s
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  14. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    The Super Furry Animals frontman has always been political, but he’s never sounded as spiteful as he does on this satirical portrait of the United States in 2018
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  15. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Whether or not it's a world that one would choose, Rhys gives it a better soundtrack than it probably deserves
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  16. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Babelsberg's ten songs comprise a confident, fully realized soundtrack to a quasi-fictional dystopia
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  17. 6.0 |   The Independent

    On the outside appears bright and breezy, bordering almost on the whimsical. Dig deeper however, and it quickly begins to reveal itself as a wryly written document of current social and political climates
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