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A Big Disappointment
on 15 August 2005
I love Supergrass. And I'm not just talking about the early stuff. Alright is alright, but there are some truly stunning tracks on the two albums prior to Road to Rouen. Eon and Faraway are amongst my favourites, so when I heard this new album was more 'grown-up', I couldn't wait to hear it.
Unfortunately it's a big disappointment. St Petersberg is a fine track, as is Roxy (by far the best song on the album), but the dire title track sounds like a Yes b side played by Level 42, Coffee in the Pot is pure filler and would usually be found as track 3 on a CD single.
Tales of Endurance starts promisingly, but never really gets going while the last three tracks shuffle off into ignominity and before you know it the album is finished.
I hope the same can't be said of Supergrass - they have produced some brilliant music, and I hope they will again. Perhaps the fact that this album is only 30 minutes long and took 2 years to make lends weight to the suspicion that the band are having trouble putting good songs together. Whatever the problem is, I'm sure they'll sort it out and fans will look back on this album as the one turkey any great band can be forgiven..