Rolling Stone (8/17/00, p.114) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...[SFA] have the pop chops to make its experiments catchy. Tight arrangements of melodic bliss cross the Welsh-language barrier...with a bittersweetness a baby could comprehend..."
Alternative Press (11/00, p.130) - 4 out of 5 - "...This is roots music for highland mushroom gobblers stuck between 2 centuries..."
Magnet (p.118) - "MWNG is the pastoral sound of the former techno outfit evolving into masters of the pop form....An album full of sun-kissed melodies..."
CMJ (7/24/00, p.3) - "...A robust, nostalgic trip through the '70s....SFA fashion delicate ballads and soft, demure songs that reach for the orchestral grandeur of art rock..."
Melody Maker (5/16/00, p.46) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Brilliantly clever....It might sound a bit low-budget, but it's a band speaking from their heart....a sad, beautiful record, another potent SFA spell which you'll find impossible to shake off..."
Mojo (Publisher) (6/00, p.97) - "...Their commitment to their own cultural heritage and language has worked to everyone's advantage here...The rehearsal-room feel succeeds in capturing [a] organic, woody mystical atmosphere..."
NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.77) - Ranked #9 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year".
NME (Magazine) (5/13/00, p.32) - 8 out of 10 - "...They've never stopped developing, never stopped ticker-taping ideas like some crazed code-breaking computer....MWNG is sung entirely in Welsh...[and] it's a beautiful language, a perfect mirror to their musical mix of friction, space and softness..."
Personnel: Matt Sibley (saxophone); Gary Alesbrook (trumpet).
Audio Mixer: Gorwel Owen.
Recording information: ATP (06/10/2004); Famous Studios (06/10/2004); ATP (07/04/2004); Famous Studios (07/04/2004).
Making an all-Welsh-language album accessible to the general public is no small feat, but Super Furry Animals managed to pull it off via its fourth full-length offering, MWNG. On this outing, lead vocalist and guitarist Gruff Rhys did away with the band's overly ambitious, synthesizer-laden production in favor of stripped-down, straightforward pop melodies, all without sacrificing the Super Furry Animals' psychedelic roots. Despite the fact that the language makes the lyrics nearly impossible to sing along to, MWNG proved to be a pivotal and well-received offering in the band's 19-year existence. All in all, MWNG is a criminally overlooked and criminally under-appreciated effort.