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5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally underrated
"Supergrass" the band's third album has to be one of the most underrated albums of the 90s (even Gaz Coombes now dismisses it). It is a beautifully crafted, mesmerisingly inventive work. No tune so instantly pins me down to a time and place of my life as does "Moving". "What Went Wrong In Your Head", seems to start half way through the song, yet never looks back, a...
Published on 16 Dec 2008 by Jon P
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3.0 out of 5 stars Supergrasses
After cringing to previous songs, the Brit Pop era was one that Supergrass thrived in and subsequently the reason for my dislike, however this album is not too bad in fact I have been pleasantly surprised. The quality of the songs and the music seem to have kept there style but the band have matured a lot. If like me you are not a fan and would not normally buy this...
Published on 15 Nov 1999
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible,
This review is from: Supergrass (Audio CD)This is one of those albums that you can listen to from start to finish without wanting to skip a track. Supergrass really do produce music for "those who know", and the "X-ray album" is possibly the best album experience they have created. An almost perfect balance of chart topping hits and songs that you can't believe weren't released as singles. Overall the "X-ray album" is an outstanding collection of music. If you don't own it, you should probably buy it!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best,
This review is from: Supergrass (Audio CD)To me this album was slightly disappointing. Being the second of theirs I got after 'In it for the money', that wasn't surprising. This album is a good album. It's very good, actually. Their shift from their early crazy days to this dark, gloomy piece may not be appreciated by some, they certainly pull it one off superbly with songs that show more musical brilliance. And fortunately this shift is not permanent but they come back to the fun later in 'Life on other planets' and 'Diamond Hoo Ha'.
Having said that, there are of course the anomalies - 'Jesus came from outer space' and 'Pumping on your stereo' - a little bit of fun in the middle of the gloom. Not unlike 'Coffee in the pot' on 'Road to rouen'.
Personally, I like both their fun and dark sides, but I feel this album has fewer ground-breakers on it than 'In it for the money' or 'I should coco'.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love XTC and the Beatles, you can�t help loving this,
This review is from: Supergrass (Audio CD)Supergrass are a class above all the other Britpop acts, surpassed (probably) only by Radiohead.
This is one of the best and most underrated records of the last years. Starting with the painfully beautiful "Moving" (moving, indeed) the record goes on to reveal other gems. One of them is "Shotover hill", bearing the XTC mark (like the the magnificent "Late in the Day" from "In it for the Money")
"Eon" and "Mary" are two of the best moments of the record, together with the ironic and funny "Pumping on your stereo".
All in all, I don't think there's a weak moment in this record: it's moving, sad and funny at the same time. More intimate and introspective than the previous records, "Supergrass" sums up the Beatles, XTC and some of the best British music of the last decades. What more can you ask for?
5.0 out of 5 stars well this really is quite an interesting album.,
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This review is from: Supergrass (Audio CD)well this really is quite an interesting album. after buying it i was a bit unsure whether or not i had done the right thing. this was because, compared to supergrass' other two albums, in 'i should coco' and 'in it for the money' i found it very hard to get into and enjoy. with pursued listening however, i finally realised just how good it was, although i still feel it is not on a par with the other two albums. if there is anyone out there who is considering buying this album purely on the strength of 'Pumping On Your Stereo' then i would advise them not to. go for one of the earlier albums (preferably I Should Coco first) which i am sure a new supergrass fan will find much more enjoyable.
anyhow it must be stressed how good this album really is for the experienced supergrass conosseur. well done biys, give yourselves a pat on the back.
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Super Super !,
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This review is from: Supergrass (Audio CD)The very underated Supergrass have yet to deliver a less than excellent album. The first 2 were outstanding and this is great too.
Catchy tunes and lyrics throughout. It is a pity that bands like Oasis do so well with their plodding-boring-same-chord music and a band so inventive and exciting as the Grass don't.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good,
This review is from: Supergrass (Audio CD)Yeah, great album, I've just bought 'in it for the money' and am yet to listen to it so I have little to compare 'Supergrass' to but I like the album.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album - my best for 1999,
This review is from: Supergrass (Audio CD)I was unsure whether or not to buy this album initially but i'm really glad i did. The sound is so much maturer than their previous stuff with the opening track 'Moving' demonstrating that fact. The album shows a good variety of songs from the singalong 'Pumpin' On Your Stereo' and 'Mary' to the mellow side with 'Eon' and 'Faraway'. This album was overlooked by many last year, as its much better than the Travis album.
4.0 out of 5 stars Supergrass make super grassy music,
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This review is from: Supergrass (Audio CD)This album is imaginative, vivid, and all in all just great. It has fast songs, slow songs, songs for rainy and sunny days. This album is a nice combination of indie/rock sound with twisted lyrics. Gaz Coombes sexy voice combined with unusual yet brilliant music makes it a winner. Danny has better rythm than a juke box. No regrets about buying this. This piece of authentic music will surely inspire you. The only drawback is it can leave you with a morning after hangover feeling.
5.0 out of 5 stars A frighteningly good masterpiece,
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This review is from: Supergrass (Audio CD)'In it for the money' was one of the finest releases of 1997, and 'Supergrass' successfully builds on the musical maturity the Oxford trio had developed since their wonderful debut 'I Should Coco'. 'Moving' is a magnificent opener, also proving a hit show-starter during their tremendous recent UK tour. Their most diverse work to date, hints of 70's (Bowie,Supertramp, Pink Floyd) mixed with the finer elements of Brit-pop. Even bassist Mick Quinn has the opportunity to loosen his lead vocal larynx ('Beautiful People') and 'Born Again' almost leads us into 60's instrumental psychedelia before Gaz Coombs reveals softer, swirling intriguing vocal verses. 'Mary', 'Faraway' and 'Pumping on Your Stereo' keep the harder, rockier edge combined with fine melodies and wonderful (if at times strange) lyrics ('I like to point out that her teeth are green' - Mary). One day this fine band's critical acclaim will be matched by the album sales they surely deserve.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic album!,
This review is from: Supergrass (Audio CD)The first Supergrass album I have bought and it was recommended by a friend who has similar tastes to me. It is a fantastic album with good sound effects and a variety of different styles. My personal favourites on the album are "Moving" and "Jesus Came from Outta Space" but I enjoy listening to all the songs. On first listening, my mother described this album as Beatles style which is surely a compliment to the band!
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