Super Furry Animals: Gruff Rhys (vocals, guitar); Huw "Bunf" Bunford (guitar); Cian Ciaran (keyboards); Guto Pryce (bass); Dafydd Leuan (drums).
Super Furry Animals' debut, FUZZY LOGIC, introduced the Welsh quintet's willfully idiosyncratic sensibility, catchy songcraft, and genre-synthesizing rock in grand style. While the band's ambition is sometimes a liability, it is hard not to be intoxicated by the musical merry-go-round here, from the hard-driving punk-pop of "God! Show Me Magic" to the expansive psych-lounge vibe of "Mario Man." Crunching guitars, keyboard flourishes, and lushly layered harmonies combine to create a surreal, dynamically diverse, and totally engaging set.
The Super Furries include among their touchstones late-'60s psychedelia ("Fuzzy Birds"), surging punk ("Frisbee"), arty Britpop a la the Kinks ("Hometown Unicorn"), and tongue-in-cheek anthems ("If You Don't Want Me to Destroy You"). Often the group will mix these elements within a single song, as on the alternately jittery and sweepingly melodic pop gem "Something 4 the Weekend." SFA would go on to release albums even more eclectic than FUZZY LOGIC, but the hooks, energy, and freewheeling fun of this record still make it one of their best.
Rolling Stone (10/17/96, p.132) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...while FUZZY LOGIC is rich in hallucinogenic spirit and shimmering guitars, SFA also evoke the decadent '70s pop of Mott The Hoople and David Bowie, while the album's celestial-flute passages and overdriven guitar storms resemble...Mercury Rev..."
Alternative Press (1/97, pp.81-83) - 5 (out of 5) - "...[Super Furry Animals] dive into their overwhelming toychests and deliver the stuff of which fearless dreams are forged."
Melody Maker (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #3 on Melody Maker's list of 1996's `Albums Of The Year.'
Melody Maker (5/11/96, p.40) - Recommended - "...Once, there were drugs. Now there are Super Furry Animals....FUZZY LOGIC contains 12 deceptively gleeful, fun-size trips. Nothing has made me feel quite like it since staying in and playing [Supergrass'] I SHOULD COCO first presented itself as a substitute for going out and picking mushrooms..."
Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.120) - "Most impressively, [FUZZY LOGIC] features often impossibly hare-brained lyrics that make reference to shellsuits, unicorns and by-pass roads, and a tremendous sense of playful experimentation."
Paste (magazine) - "Defining single 'Something 4 the Weekend' provides three minutes of joy in which SFA's tinkering with melody and tone works just right, and the (appropriately) fuzzy 'Frisbee' has got some infectious bounce."