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  • Summary: The third full-length solo release for the former Supergrass frontman features some tracks co-produced with Ian Davenport.
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  1. Uncut
    Apr 19, 2018
    80
    A bold, brisk, rather beautiful zip through multiple pop genres. [Jun 2018, p.26]
  2. May 16, 2018
    80
    This is a highly accomplished and deeply felt third album to add to an already auspicious Gaz Coombes canon. He is on fine form at the moment, undoubtedly one of Britpop’s Strongest Men.
  3. Q Magazine
    Apr 19, 2018
    80
    This follow-up goes the whole hog. ... Frank Ocean's Blonde reportedly influenced the tech-driven songwriting process, but there are echoes, too, of U2 at their more exploratory, and, on the twisty-riffed In Waves, last year's QOTSA album. Olympian. [Jun 2018, p.110]
  4. 80
    There’s little here that Coombes doesn’t test the waters of. And though in lesser hands such eclecticism may have felt forced and disjointed, here it’s nothing short of excellent.
  5. May 7, 2018
    80
    As album closer "Weird Dreams" drifts to its conclusion, it's clear that World's Strongest Man is Coombes' boldest musical statement to date with each song overflowing with hooks and melodies. His urge to challenge himself has paid off on an album that's recognizably him but sounds like nothing he's ever done before.
  6. Apr 19, 2018
    75
    Overall, World's strongest Man is a winning combination of the familiar and the peculiar and is worth a listen for fans of nuanced pop rock with seductive grooves. [Mar - May 2018, p.51]
  7. May 10, 2018
    50
    Here, the former Supergrass leader is so busy trying to prove something with his lofty themes and overreaching stylisation, that all of the magic is lost.

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