Maturity is a good thing for Britpop trio Supergrass, who, as teenagers, bound onto the scene in 1995 with the Who-ish punk-pop gem I Should Coco.
Half a decade later, their lively, melodic self-titled third album makes Oasis’ Standing on the Shoulder of Giants seem a dour relic from sour has-beens. The addition of frontman/guitarist Gaz Coombe’s brother, Rob, on keyboards deepens the band’s sound, but it’s the mix of fun-loving energetic rock, sweeping pop hooks, soaring vocal harmonies and savvy cribbing that lifts the album to new heights. Opening with the ambitious string-wrapped anthem "Moving", Supergrass artfully moves from the slow roiling rock of "Your Love" through the Stonesy balladry of "Shotover Hill", the jazzy thrills of "Mary" and the radio chant "Pumping on Your Stereo" into the thrilling melodic release of "Born Again". And instead of merely releasing another assortment of songs, Supergrass have finally crafted a complete album full of both impishness and grandeur.
Guitar.com - April 2000