Candylion

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Candylion
Studio album by Gruff Rhys
Released 8 January 2007
Recorded Stiwsio Ofn, Llanfaelog, Wales, Spring 2006
AR 3, Rio De Janeiro
Dairy, Brixton, London
Genre Alternative rock
Length 44:40
Label Rough Trade Records (UK), Team Love (US)
Producer Gruff Rhys, Gorwel Owen, Mario Caldato, Jr.
Gruff Rhys chronology
Yr Atal Genhedlaeth
(2005)
Candylion
(2007)
Hotel Shampoo
(2011)
Singles from Candylion
  1. "Candylion" b/w "Colossal Smile"
    Released: 4 December 2006
  2. "Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru" b/w "Y Creadur"
    Released: 2007 (itunes only single)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Guardian 4/5 stars [1]
The Independent 2/5 stars [2]
NME 7/10 stars [3]
Pitchfork Media 8/10 stars [4]
The Times 4/5 stars [5]
Twisted Ear 4.5/5 stars [6]
The Wheel's Still In Spin (not rated) [7]
Uncut 4/5 stars [8]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [9]

Candylion is the second solo album by Welsh musician and Super Furry Animals front-man Gruff Rhys. It was released on 8 January 2007 through Rough Trade Records (in the UK) and Team Love (in the US) and peaked at number fifty on the UK Albums Chart. The album includes the singles "Candylion" and Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru".

It also features Lisa Jen from the Welsh language band 9Bach on backing vocals and xylophone. On its release, record stores stocking the album were supplied with 96 inch cardboard sheets with patterns for making the cardboard candylion seen on the album cover, to hand out to purchasers.

Track listing[edit]

All music and beats by Gruff Rhys.

No. Title Length
1. "This Is Just the Beginning"   0:49
2. "Candylion"   2:31
3. "The Court of King Arthur"   3:24
4. "Lonsome Words"   3:54
5. "Cycle of Violence"   2:55
6. "Painting People Blue"   2:52
7. "Beacon in the Darkness"   3:18
8. "Con Carino"   2:17
9. "Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru" (Translation: "Driving Driving Driving") 3:16
10. "Now That the Feeling Has Gone"   3:01
11. "Ffrwydriad yn y Ffurfafen" (Translation: "Explosion in the Sky") 2:39
12. "Skylon!"   14:36

Personnel[edit]

Gruff Rhys and Lisa Jen performing live at Custom House Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom in 2007 in support of Candylion
Musician Credits
  • Gruff Rhys – Music and Beats
  • Lisa Jên – Extra Vocals (2, 4, 6 to 8, 10, 12)
  • Owen Evans – Double Bass (2 to 6, 10, 12)
  • Kassin – Gameboy Beats (9)
  • Gorwel Owen – Tamboura (7), Stylophone (12)
  • Marçal – Extra Special Production (8, 9, 12)
  • Tandi Gebara – Birambau (12)
  • Felipe Pinaud – Flute (5, 11, 12)
  • Jonathan Thomas – Pedal Steel (6)
  • Rhodri Puw – Bell (4)
  • Siwan Puw – Sleigh Bells (7)
  • Samantha Caldato – Intro Vocal (1), Air Steward Vocal (12)
Technical credits
  • Gruff Rhys, Gorwel Owen and Mario Caldato, Jr. – Producer
  • Gorwel Owen – Recording (at Stiwsio Ofn, Llanfaelog, Wales)
  • Mario Caldato, Jr. – Mixing and Extra Special Percussion Recording (at AR Studio 3, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Igor Ferreira and Cesar Miranda – Mixing Assistant (at AR Studio 3, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Stewart Hawkes – Mastering (at Metropolis, London)
  • Sean O'Hagan and Marcus Haldaway – String Arrangements (at Dairy, Brixton, London)
  • Marc Lane – Engineering (at Dairy, Brixton, London)
  • Amanda Britton, Sally Herbert, Brian Wright, Jacqueline Norrie, Laura Melhuish – Violin
  • Marcus Holdaway – Cello
  • Pete Fowler – Artwork
  • Pete James – Artwork, Art Direction and Photography

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
UK Albums Chart[10] 50

References[edit]