American Interior

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American Interior
American Interior.jpg
Studio album by
Released5 May 2014 (2014-05-05)
RecordedArc Studios, Omaha, Nebraska and Toybox, Bristol, England
GenreAlternative rock
Length46:16
LabelTurnstile
ProducerGruff Rhys, Ali Chant
Gruff Rhys chronology
Hotel Shampoo
(2011)
American Interior
(2014)
Babelsberg
(2018)
Singles from American Interior
  1. "American Interior"
    Released: 28 April 2014
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
The Guardian5/5 stars[1]
music OMH4/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound8/10 stars[4]
Clash Music6/10 stars[5]

American Interior is the fourth solo album by Gruff Rhys, released on 5 May 2014.[6] It is a concept album based on the life of the explorer John Evans.[7] It peaked at number 24 in the UK.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gruff Rhys, except "Allweddellau Allweddol" credited to Gruff Rhys/Traditional.

No.TitleLength
1."American Exterior"0:28
2."American Interior"3:16
3."100 Unread Messages"4:32
4."The Whether (Or Not)"3:36
5."The Last Conquistador"3:58
6."Lost Tribes"3:01
7."Liberty (Is Where We'll Be)"4:54
8."Allweddellau Allweddol" (English translation: Key Keyboards)4:02
9."The Swamp"4:12
10."Iolo"3:49
11."Walk Into the Wilderness"3:49
12."Year of the Dog"3:30
13."Tiger's Tale"3:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Gruff Rhys - vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, percussion, keyboard, synths, production, mixing
  • Ali Chant - production, engineering (Toybox), mixing, timpani on "The Swamp"
  • Mike Mogis - engineering (Arc Studios)
  • Kris Jenkins - engineering (Wings for Jesus)
  • Andy Votel - production on "Allweddellau Allweddol"
  • Guy Davie - mastering
  • Gruff ab Arwel - string arrangements
  • Kliph Scurlock - drums on "American Interior", "100 Unread Messages", "The Whether (Or Not)", "The Last Conquistador", "Lost Tribes", "Iolo" and "Walk Into the Wilderness"
  • Chris Walmsley - drums on "Liberty (Is Where We'll Be)", "The Swamp", "Year of the Dog" and "Tiger's Tale"
  • Osian Gwynedd - piano
  • Jonathan Thomas - bass on "The Whether (Or Not)"
  • Alun Tan Lan - electric lead guitar on "100 Unread Messages", "Year of the Dog" and "Tiger's Tale", electric mandolin on "American Interior"
  • Lisa Jen Brown - harmony vocals on "100 Unread Messages"
  • Mari Morgan - violin
  • Francesca Simmons - violin
  • Rebecca Homer - viola
  • Elen Ifan - cello
  • Maggie Bjorklund - pedal steel guitar on "Liberty (Is Where We'll Be)", "Year of the Dog" and "Tiger's Tale"
  • Pete Fowler - artwork and design
  • Dylan Goch - photography
  • Ryan Owen Eddleston - photography

Critical reception[edit]

The album was well received by critics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dennis, Jon (2014-05-04). "American Interior review – Gruff Rhys: American Interior review – wit, originality and indelible tunes". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  2. ^ "American Interior - Gruff Rhys". metacritic.com. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  3. ^ Raymond, Max (2014-04-29). "Gruff Rhys – American Interior". music OMH. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  4. ^ Lavery, Aaron (2014-05-07). "Gruff Rhys: American Interior". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  5. ^ Murray, Robin (2014-05-06). "Gruff Rhys - American Interior". Clash Music. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  6. ^ Murray, Robin (2014-03-27). "Gruff Rhys - American Interior". Clash Music. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  7. ^ Cragg, Michael (2014-03-26). "Gruff Rhys – American Interior: New music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  8. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/gruff%20rhys/