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PLEASANT POWER POP THAT NEEDS MORE POWER AND MORE POP
Supergrass are one of the few English bands that actually sound like themselves rather that a blurry Xerox of somebody who's selling more records. They're more of a fully digested distillation of nearly all things Brit rock, from the Kinks to the Sex Pistols. Gaz Coombes, Mick Quinn and Danny Goffey started out punky and playful on 1995's I Should Coco and aimed for more maturity with 97's In It For The Money. The delayed U.S. release of last year's Supergrass (album) finds the trio attempting a shotgun synthesis of those earlier efforts. The lil' dumb hook of the self-descriptive rocker "Pumping on Your Stereo" lodges in your ear within seconds, but elsewhere, Supergrass' middle-ground methodology produces pleasant pop that's rarely quite powerful or pop-y enough. A rainbow of retro arrangement- organ-led psychedelia on "Mary", symphonic prog rock on "Born Again" - can't compensate for middling emotions, muted performances and songwriting that's merely good when it should be gorgeous, gorilla-size or at least goofy.
3/5 - Good
Barry Walters, Rolling Stone (US edition) - 27 April 2000