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  • Summary: The fifth full-length solo release for the Super Furry Animals/Neon Neon member was self-produced and features Stephen McNeff and the National Orchestra of Wales.
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  1. Uncut
    May 25, 2018
    90
    It's warm and weird, but suddenly no stranger than the world around it. [Jul 2018, p.32]
  2. Q Magazine
    May 25, 2018
    80
    Even if there's a sense of darkness descending, in his best solo album yet, Gruff Rhys paints with bright and uplifting colours. [Jul 2018, p.109]
  3. May 25, 2018
    80
    Babelsberg is ultimately a sorely-needed tonic. Mellow-sounding, but hefting weighty humanitarian concerns on its back, it boasts a you-are-here focus normally only accorded to those who are about to peg it.
  4. Mojo
    May 25, 2018
    80
    Babelsberg is, without doubt, one of the finest expressions so far of Rhys's talent. [Jul 2018, p.90]
  5. Jun 8, 2018
    80
    It’s a record in its creator’s image; curious, insightful, eclectic and - most of all--good fun, against the odds.
  6. Jun 8, 2018
    80
    The further you get into the album, the more you realise how integral the orchestral arrangements are.
  7. 60
    Ten tracks of seemingly upbeat alt-pop, Babelsberg is a record that 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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