Yr Atal Genhedlaeth

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Yr Atal Genhedlaeth
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Studio album by Gruff Rhys
Released 24 January 2005
Recorded ??
Genre Alternative rock
Length 29:05
Label Placid Casual
Producer Gorwel Owen and Gruff Rhys
Gruff Rhys chronology
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Yr Atal Genhedlaeth is the debut solo album by Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys. Entirely in the language of Welsh, the title of the album and many of the songs are plays on words and puns that might not be obvious even to a Welsh-speaker:

  • Yr Atal Genhedlaeth – 'The Stuttering Generation', but 'atalgenhedlu' is Welsh for a contraceptive.
  • Gwn Mi Wn – 'I Know [that] I Know', could also mean 'a gun I know', a reference to the battle in the song.
  • Epynt – named after a mountain in Mid Wales, but about money, with the 'E' standing for the Euro, and 'pynt' sounding similar to the Welsh word for Pound.
  • Rhagluniaeth Ysgafn – 'Light programming', but 'lluniaeth ysgafn' means a light snack.
  • Pwdin Ŵy 1 & 2 – literally 'egg pudding', means '"egg custard', two love songs.
  • Y Gwybodusion – 'The Experts'
  • Caerffosiaeth – literally 'sewage fortress'. 'Caer' is a common part of Welsh place-names (for example, Caergybi), used to indicate that there was originally a castle or fortress in the town/city.
  • Ambell Waith – 'Sometimes'.
  • Ni Yw Y Byd – 'We Are The World'.
  • Chwarae'n Troi'n Chwerw – 'When Play Turns Bitter', from a Welsh proverb. A Welsh language standard originally written and sung by Caryl Parry-Jones.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Gruff Rhys unless otherwise stated.

  1. "Yr Atal Genhedlaeth" – 0:08
  2. "Gwn Mi Wn" – 2:33
  3. "Epynt" – 1:48
  4. "Rhagluniaeth Ysgafn" – 2:55
  5. "Pwdin Ŵy 1" – 1:42
  6. "Pwdin Ŵy 2" – 3:13
  7. "Y Gwybodusion" – 1:52
  8. "Caerffosiaeth" – 2:58
  9. "Ambell Waith" – 2:22
  10. "Ni Yw Y Byd" – 3:56
  11. "Chwarae'n Troi'n Chwerw" (Caryl Parry Jones) – 6:04


Further reading[edit]

  • "Link". Placid Casual website. Retrieved 9 August 2006.