on 4 October 1999
My rating for this CD hovers between three and four crowns; it's a good album, but not as good as it could have been (listen to a couple of the tunes a few times and the Supernaturals start to sound like Cast - disturbing).
"I wasn't built to get up" is a great song, but the version on the album sounds muffled and under-produced - not as good as the version that got so much airplay earlier in the year. Some of the lyrics come across as cheesy, but in a few songs they shine "You laugh at my jokes but not as much as she did" in Sheffield Song, and "I walk round Safeway on my own" in Everest.
So... this album is OK, but the best intro to The Supernaturals is the CD1 of 'I wasn't built to get up' - the two B-sides there ('I just can't go on like this' and 'Robot Song') are funny and poignant - perfect Supernatural pop.
on 21 November 2000
whether they are being ironic or not the supernaturals have produced an album of catchy pop guitar tunes. the musicianship may not be the most complicated but that shouldn't detract from a glimmering indie pop album. 'you take yourself too seriously' sets the tone being their mission statement to the world. 'monday morning' with talk of loving monday mornings ('i don't know why but i do') confirms the theme of getting fun out of life. but underneath the sparkly positively positive songs are a darker more world weary side to this scottish band. songs like 'submarine song' deal with feeling alone and away from someone you want to be close to. 'sheffield song' talks about loving your ex more than your current girlfriend. ('cos i love her more than i love you'). vw song with the line 'if i'm gonna go nowhere it may as well be with you' resonating through the picturesque images. Its the love songs though that touch the heart...motorcycle parts tells of a woman's feelings towards her boyfriend after they have split ('that karma you took from me i want it back immediately') while 'still got that feeling for you' burns with lost love ('so take a good look at my face, the lines you left i can't erase') while the closing 'everest' builds up with a great chorus of 'my love for you was bigger than everest, baby you're the best, your love for me was nothing but an afterthought, baby i was just a prototype for the guy that you've now got') i'm sure we've all been there....
overall. a tune a day may have few real classics, but is a good solid album with only one weak track (country music). half optimistic/half wallowing this album has everything and its a shame that the band have split up if those rumours are founded.
on 28 June 2015
"Jonathan, did 'Tune a Day' meet your expectations?" asked Amazon. Well, I expected it to be a fairly mediocre album from the arse-end of Britpop and sadly, yes, it did meet my expectations. I'd hoped it would exceed them, the tracks that were singles were promising, but it was no better - and no worse - than I had anticipated. Sorry, Supernaturals!