World’s Strongest Man

Gaz Coombes - World’s Strongest Man
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2018 Ratings: #413 / 880
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2018 Ratings: #308
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME

This is an album that presents vulnerability, the admission of flaws and emotional openness as routes to strength.

80
The Independent

Though in lesser hands such eclecticism may have felt forced and disjointed, here it’s nothing short of excellent.

80
PopMatters

It's clear that World's Strongest Man is Coombes' boldest musical statement to date with each song overflowing with hooks and melodies.

80
Dork

With more swagger and power than anything released in his career so far, ‘World’s Strongest Man’ is the perfect snapshot of a creative leader in full stride, and one of the most interesting and infectious record of the year because of it.

80
musicOMH

This is a highly accomplished and deeply felt third album to add to an already auspicious Gaz Coombes canon. He is on fine form at the moment, undoubtedly one of Britpop’s Strongest Men.

80
Clash
It’s a dramatic record containing futuristic sounds that shows Coombes’ constant evolution since Supergrass, similar to Noel Gallagher’s recent progression
80
The Arts Desk
Whether he’s the world’s strongest man or not, Gaz Coombes is still one of Britain’s strongest – and perhaps underrated – songwriters.
80
Mojo
This is continuing proof that the 42-year-old Gaz Coombes's best work is happening in the here and now.
75
Under The Radar

World's Strongest Man is a winning combination of the familiar and the peculiar and is worth a listen for fans of nuanced pop rock with seductive grooves.

70
Loud and Quiet

‘World’s Strongest Man’ is a veritable melting pot of genre-bending songs.

70
AllMusic

It's a mature modern album, one filled with questions but also curiously settled, a combination that makes World's Strongest Man more rewarding with each listen.

60
DIY

Gaz’s third solo offering continues to find him moving into his next phase with real class.

60
The Irish Times
Supergrass’s dominance of the more psychedelic, cerebral nook of the Britpop era seems a long way away – and it’ll seem even farther once you’ve heard Gaz Coombes’s third solo album.
50
Drowned in Sound
Here, the former Supergrass leader is so busy trying to prove something with his lofty themes and overreaching stylisation, that all of the magic is lost.
FearFlour
NR

Album cover directed by Wes Anderson.

70

Favourite tracks: Shit (I've Done It Again), Oxygen Mask, Vanishing Act

85

Oh yeah, what a nice album!
This is the only full album I've heard from Gaz Coombes, but it stands as something I've heard so many times but never bored me, only grew on me more. Considering this is from the guy who wrote Alright as well! (Not to knock Supergrass, this just doesn't feel like something they'd make as a group idk why)

I think the key to this is how much textural stuff there is on this record - there are little brash blocks of electric guitar here and there, sure, but there's ... read more

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Added on: January 10, 2018