Boomkat Product Review:
Dark Days / Light Years is the ninth Super Furry Animals album, and despite the lengthy discography and escalating number of side projects, the band are in mercurial form. After the rampaging psych riffing of 'Crazy Naked Girls' comes 'Mt.', a finely rendered T. Rex pastiche that piles strings onto its fuzz-rocking boogie. This is no straightforward retro exercise though - a fact underlined by the melange of disco beats, vocoders and electrified surrealism evident on 'Moped Eyes' or the jubilant krautrock of 'Inaugural Trams', which features a German language rap from Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand. It's be difficult to get through a review of this record without mentioning the brilliance of 'The Very Best Of Neil Diamond': for starters there's the title, and then there's the unusual harmonics of the main theme played out on a saz. The very fact that the band can still muster up so many different (and it has to be said, pretty darn excellent) ideas within the space of their ninth record together is something to be marvelled at.