The Reader Review
Again I was in the lucky circumstances to be able to buy the new Supergrass single in the regular recordshop two days prior to release, so I decided to share my views with everybody again:
The by now well-known new single starts off acoustic, but soon blasts away in full in a rocky, pop-styled way, which sounds typically Supergrass, but in a totally new way. After initial disgust, the single grew on me and I'm really starting to like this one.
The song starts with an organ & bass-intro and soon evolves into a Hendrix-style song, with guitars in the same way. It sounds quite psychedelic at moments, incorporating sound effects on the vocals and choruses, similar to songs like Melanie's 'Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)', 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men' by Status Quo and that 60's version of Dylans 'Wheels On Fire', of whom I forgot the bands name! A brilliant track!
Faraway (Acoustic) (4:53)
A great, laid-back version of a track from their forthcoming album. Played in the style of Beatles 'Dear Prudence', but without the solid bits. The electric(!) guitar solo is a typical 'Supergrass' one, but it suits perfectly. Great version, at least much better than the one I've heard last week at 'Lowlands'.
You Too Can Play Alright (4:54)
Great track! It starts with a spoken analysis of the intro of 'Alright', with several guitar parts played stripped from the other instruments. The solo and the outro get the same treatment and all fragments are mixed with bits of the instrumental backing-track, showing the result of the particular part treated. Really funny 'Rock School' persiflage. Has this track something to do with the idea that the band is considering to scrap 'Alright' from their setlists??
Although there is no guarantee, it might be a good idea for (at least British) hardcore Supergrass fans to make a day-trip to Holland and buy the 'Supergrass' album there on sept. 18th. As both 'Pumping On Your Stereo' and 'Moving' were on sale here two days before the official release, it's very well imaginable the same will happen with the new album. But again: There's no guarantee of this!
Leo Hoek van Dijke - 04 September 1999
'Going Underground'/RTV Gouwestad