On Supergrass' third album, we find the band digging deeper into maturity.
Where the trio's 1995 debut, I Should Coco, gave great, Brit-styled punk pop, 1997's In It for the Money relied more on melody and chops. The band's new, self-titled release combines all of these elements.
"Your Love" begins poppy, with jangly guitar and vocalist Gaz Coombs whining the opening verse. By the time the chorus punches through, it's pure Brit-pop, with edgier stringwork and snappy cymbal hits.
"Beautiful People" borrows generously from Supertramp's "The Logical Song" and produces a guitar-driven minianthem, while "Shotover Hill" is more psychedelic, with its symphonic chorus and use of kettledrum. "Jesus Came From Outta Space" and "Mary" are snide and poppy, much like the band's breakthrough track, "Caught by the Fuzz."
However, Supergrass' previously untapped fancy for soul is also prevalent on this eponymous release. There's a lot of R&B styling here, from the ballad-y "Faraway" to the funky piano in the opening bumps of "Your Love."
The album's standout single, though, is "Pumping on Your Stereo." With its singsong chorus and elements of Primal Scream's "Rocks," it combines many of the band's best moments it's punchy pop, it's snide punk and it's rhythmic Brit flair.