Gruff Rhys ‎– Babelsberg

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Gatefold Jacket with Obi Strip
Includes download card for 320k MP3s.

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  • Barcode: 191402001013
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): RT0010LP BI21196 - 01 A1 STU
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): RT0010LP BI21196 - 01 B1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RT0010LPX Gruff Rhys Babelsberg(LP, Album, Ltd, S/Edition, 12x) Rough Trade RT0010LPX UK, Europe & US 2018 Sell This Version
RT0010CD Gruff Rhys Babelsberg(CD, Album) Rough Trade RT0010CD UK & Europe 2018 Sell This Version

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Vinaholic

Vinaholic

June 30, 2018

Even though Super Furry Animals - Rigs Around the World is one of my favourite albums - Ever!!! I wasn't expecting too much from this release. Maybe because other Gruff Rhys releases have been primarily soundtracks, it has been difficult to warm to them as a whole. Babelsberg though, wow!!! snuck out almost totally under my radar, I thought I'd give it a bash just for old times sake. So glad I did, what a joy. From the Glen Campbellesque opener 'Frontier Man' to the dark but beautiful 'Selfies in the sunset' this set of songs is brimming over with nagging melodies and lyrical earworms.
What with digital playlists etc, maybe albums aren't listened to in their entirety, from beginning to end, as much these days. Babelsberg though, warrants that old school investment of time and patience. The sequencing is perfection, every song follows on seamlessly from the last and the A and B side closers are exactly how records/vinyls should be arrranged. Leaving you wanting to flip over or return to the start.
I could bang on about individual tracks, but it's not worth it, they are all total class from someone who appears to have brought all the elements of passed projects together to create a(nother?) career masterpiece. Awards and end of year best albums lists await.
Let's hope Babelsberg rings around the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!