Supergrass, "Evening of the Day", Life on Other Planets.
Supergrass still leads with Gaz Coombes's overdriven guitars, perhaps the only distraction--and admittedly a personal quibble about how some bands ought to shape their sound--to this superb collection of headlong pop concoctions, which, like our last look at them In It for the Money (No. 66), careen among irresistible hooks, lush, dense arrangements, and frantically layered rave-ups. Then they pull one out of the collective hat like "Evening of the Day," its opening lines a straight cadge from Jagger and Richards' "As Time Goes By" and the chorus a nod to St. Hubbins and Tufnel's "All the Way Home": "If she's not on the five nineteen/Then I'm gonna know what sorrow means" vs. the 'Grass's "(if) she's not on the three fifteen/Then I'm gonna know what sorrow means". Heady praise, indeed. If you like your Brit Pop fast, loud, raucous, and eminently tuneful, Life on Other Planets will punch your ticket.
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|Date:||Jul 1, 2004|
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