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Supergrass - Road to Rouen Review

by Gary Schwind

The album begins with "Tales of Endurance (parts 4, 5 & 6)." This song, especially the intro, features the Bakersfield sound made famous by The Flying Burrito Brothers. As the song progresses, you get a lot more of what you expect from Supergrass: solid bass lines and drums, fuzzy guitars, and keyboards. This song is a great example of the range Supergrass has as a band.

Overall, this is a pretty mellow album, but you still get a lot of what you'd expect from Supergrass. They have included mellow songs with definite 60s influence "St. Petersburg" is reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel while "Roxy" reminds me of "All You Need is Love." "Low C" is also reminiscent of a late Beatles song with the keyboards and the harmony vocals.

"Coffee in the Pot" is an interesting instrumental. I don't really know how to explain it. It almost sounds like intermission music with a few interjections of "Hey!" peppered throughout the song. Of course, the intermission concept makes sense since this is the fifth of nine songs on the disc.

The title track is most like the songs featured on their greatest hits album, which was released last year. This has the big guitar, the funky bass line and the overall feel of some of the signature songs of Supergrass.

This is a solid album, if perhaps a little short. I could have gone for more than nine songs on this one. Supergrass delivers psychedelic, folky, funky songs as well as very mellow songs featuring a string section and Lennon-like vocals. If you're looking for a lot of songs like "Caught by the Fuzz," you won't find them here. But fear not, this is a very good Supergrass album, well worth your money and your attention.

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