In the mid 1990s, there was a big fight going on in the music industry, between Blur and Oasis. You'd be forgiven for thinking that there was nothing else going on but, quietly in the background, plenty of other bands were getting a lot of attention as the Britpop phenomenon grew.
Amongst them were Echobelly, rare as a female fronted Britpop band. Sonja Madan was never a riot grrl or arch-feminist, but her distinctive voice and lyrical style helped them stand out from the wannabees and put them at the forefront of the britpop era. "ON" was their defining album, a foot-tapping combination of jangling guitars, singalong choruses and uplifting lyrics.
Stand out tracks for me, even now, are Dark Therapy and Great Things. The latter is a forward looking, positive thinking jump about kind of song. The former is a lazy, trippy, close your eyes and I will take you all the way kind of song.
If you like your Britpop straight down the middle of the road, this is a great addition to your collection.