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One of britpop's more enduring moments
on 13 December 2000
This album has many impressive pop tunes, and they, along with Wener's pouty sex appeal, saw it become quite a success commercially. Wener's lyrics and vocals are at their most consistent here; while the lyrics are a little prosaic and unambitious, they are far more involving and occasionally insightful than on the half-baked follow-up, "Pleased to Meet You". Despite the self-conscious attempts to be trendy for the times, the lyrics often hold a downmarket charm. Vocally limited, Louise Wener affects a breathiness that is effective mainly in slower numbers like "Click...", but also especially in the quick-fire phrasings of "Lie Detector". A breathless song it is; one of the best along with the slow-burning "Shrinkwrapped", the resplendent tunesmithery of "Statuesque" and the lovely "Click... off... gone"; one of their few beautiful tunes (see also "Breathe" on the follow-up album). However, perhaps the record is a good 10-minutes long, with non-songs like the tedious "Glue Ears" and the familiar, dull "Factor 41". Without these songs, it would be much the better. Sleeper weren't the most talented band ever, but they had some potential and were good in their student-indie-pop niche. Overall, worth getting, as an example of some of britpop's better pop music.