5.0 out of 5 stars
The Peak of Brit Pop, 24 July 2012
I bought this on first release back in '97, when I was studying for my A-levels. It was brilliant then and remains brilliant a somewhat depressing 15 years later. Of the large batch of "brit-pop" albums I bought during that era this is the one I continue to come back to time and time again. While everyone else at the time trying to sound like The Beatles this was significantly different. Each song drifting into the next to give the feel of single piece comprised of different movements. The lyrics dark and subversive.
Sadly, it was such a masterpiece there was no way they could follow it up. Their second album, Six, was a valiant attempt, but ultimately just felt messy and disjointed.