Album: Gruff Rhys, Hotel Shampoo (Ovni/Turnstile)

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No man in Britain has a lovelier voice than Rhys, and if you're looking for meanderingly melodic psych-pop, you wouldn't turn to anyone else first.

The Super Furry Animal's third solo album draws on influences from Arthur Lee to the Temptations, and is named for his habit of collecting hotel toiletries, each of which triggers a different memory. Subjects resulting from such reveries include imperialism, the environment and the more familiar home turf of love and longing. Nobody does it better.