Road to Rouen
After a decade of stellar pop, Britains Supergrass remains shamefully overlooked in the States. Still, Gaz Coombes and his mates dont seem particularly concerned. Smart and insanely catchy at the same time, the band delivers fizzy escapism at its best, cheerfully recycling sources such as Led Zeppelins folk side, early David Bowie, and, especially, the later Beatles. The gorgeous Sad Girl could be a White Album outtake, while the thrilling crescendos of Roxy echo A Day in the Life. But Coombes isnt just a mimic. He crafts dynamic, richly textured tunes that boast a jaunty edge. Despite occasional outbursts of grand artistic ambitionstwo suitelike songs top five minutes apieceSupergrass lacks the self-importance to be truly pretentious, following the loftiest track with a goofy guitar instrumental. Ultimately, Road to Rouen feels much too short, one sure indicator of a great album.