Unless you're a diehard Britpop head, or Welsh, you probably haven't been keeping close tabs on the kooky cats in Super Furry Animals since Fuzzy Logic put them on festival stages with Oasis and Blur in 96. Hey Venus! suggests it's time to get reacquainted.
Gruff Rhys and his merry band of music pranksters get the giggles out of their system with 40-second opener The Gateway Song, then neatly slip into the album's strongest track, Run-Away, a Dion-ripping Motown pop gem that shines bright with Rhys's clear vocal delivery. Produced by Broken Social Scene's David Newfeld, Venus keeps the pace with singalong single Show Your Hand, a bouncing Beach Boys baby of a track.
The album's psychedelic pop runs out of gas near the end in cringe-worthy Battersea Odyssey and Let The Wolves Howl At The Moon, but by then you're won over and wondering how you slept on this band for the past nine years.