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4.0 out of 5 stars
A Passport To The States, 6 Nov. 2000
And you thought that Bush were the only English band to be bigger in the States than they are here? Well think again, for now Spacehog have also claimed the honour. On first listen to this album, it is not hard to see why the band took off in the states rather than here. Landing slap bang in the middle of the Britpop scene, more punk oriented music was always likely to be swept away. America however became a willing audience. Kicking off with the anthemic 'In The Meatime', the album quickly makes its intentions clear. Songs such as 'Candyman' and 'Space Is The Place' follow the same pattern, but the band are adept enough to throw in a few surprises here and there. 'Starside' is a great ballad, full of chiming guitars, and 'Zeroes' is a slow burning epic, packed with menace. A little bit of ad-hoc playfulness in 'Never Coming Down' doesn't go amiss either. Perhaps their timing was somwhat poor, but Spacehog deserved a better reception than they got. Still, it's nice to know that this promising debut album was well recieved elsewhere. If you're looking for something a little different you could do worse than throw your pennies this way.