Delivering their self-titled third album, British platinum quartet Supergrass, led primarily by Gaz Coombes (vocals, guitars) and Mark Quinn (bass, vocals) bring together many of the same, high quality song writing elements of UK's past and present with an eclectic array of musical tastes.
Electronica, super pop, guitar rock, R&B, and an intuitive sense of melody that seems to be their trademark all rise to coexist and share the twelve tracks on this record. Supergrass is not an album of loosely strung together singles all waiting for their respective video, but a group of songs creating something most albums lack: Arc. Beginning with the ethereal rhythms of "Moving" and piano-driven "Beautiful People," Supergrass moves easily toward its heart. "Eon's" drifting electronic/acoustic sound settles the stomach before the hook-line-and-sinker of "Mary," a song brimming with confidence (I tell you stories that you won't understand/I'll have you eating from the palm of my hand), lead by brother Rob Coombes' Winwood like keys. "Jesus Came From Outer Space" shows the band's ability to blend their own brand of melody and mood with hints of the Kink's punk rock foundation, while their soon-to-debut "Pumping On Your Stereo" shows flashes of Mick and Keith. Chase this down with the tripping "Born Again" and haunting lullaby of "Mama & Papa" and you have had quite a meal that doesn't leave you either stuffed or starving, but actually quite satisfied.
Supergrass' comfortably expansive and all-inclusive sound produces a feathery touch that, though in no way undermines the weight of their music, seems to lift the party off the floor a few inches.
HOB.com - April 2000