Everyone seems to ignore the fact this album exists, yet it is truly Snuff's best up to date. The bollocks to it all attitude just oozes out of this record with so much style, the songs are all classics, the harmonies and build ups are just right, even the daft metal moments sound classy. It is such a shame Snuff are seen by much of the mainstream music press as a joke band (when there are other bands out there who are playing what Snuff blueprinted ages ago, and are making a mockery of the whole thing tenfold ), it is important to realise that if it wasn't for them, well, there wouldn't be really much of a contemporary punk scene in the U.K anymore. And that your Southern Californian punk, and experimentation with brass in punk rock would not be what it is. Enough said on that account.
'Reach' is the album the North London boys released just before splitting up the first time around, and maybe whatever tension that was bubbling, as well as being produced by Leatherface's somewhat unpredictable frontman Frankie Stubbs, made this album what it is; warm harmonies, often sadder tunes than their previous releases, but always creating a wonderful rush of energy; from the disfunctional riffs in 'tea-bag', to the lush chords present in 'sweet dreams' or 'ichola buddha', this album starts off with a bang and ends with one too. If that hasn't convinced you, 'Reach' is also the album on which you will find the track 'Bingo', which is one of the best punk tunes I have ever heard, and certainly the best one Snuff have ever penned. It would be nice if they played it live one of these days.
Reach: a must for all Snuff fans, a great introduction to the band if you've never heard of them, and a very exciting venture for those curious of the great rock bands Britain has produced throughout the 90's.