who knew everyone’s favourite welshman had an extensive collection of hotel shampoo bottles so big that it warranted naming his 3rd solo album after it? rhys is becoming somewhat of a bacharach, the aim of this album to write a set piano ballads but the result definitely adds a twist, framing his songwriting with some restrained production from andy votel.
piano & acoustic guitar are the main instruments of choice. however, the mariachi horns of ‘sensations in the night’, string arrangements of ‘vitamin k’, electronic burblings of ‘rubble rubble’ & the romantic duet with el perro del mar make this his most ambitious & fully realised yet. “sit back & bask in its glow” 4/5 - q, “beautifully arranged tracks, each imbued with an infectious energy” 8/10 - clash.