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Supergrass

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 April, 2008, 12:00am
 

Supergrass

Diamond Hoo Ha

(Parlophone)

The likely lads are all grown up, 13 years on from when they first sang about being Caught by the Fuzz.

And the irony is that for many back at the height of Britpop, Supergrass were considered little more than hirsuite footnotes. But while most of the major players of the movement have faded, Oxford's finest have been working away, exploring their sound - and taking a few chances along the way.

They flirted with folk on 2005's patchy Road to Roeun and when bassist Mick Quinn fell through a window last year, singer/guitarist Gaz Coombes and drummer Danny Goffey hit the road as the Diamond Hoo Ha Men, playing what sounded like Supergrass covering Jack White, pretending to be Supergrass.

And that's exactly what the title track sounds like - brilliant.

Supergrass have fleshed out their sound impressively, but have lost none of the charm and wit that won us all over in the first place.

Adding Rob Coombes on organ is a masterstroke, and he proves to be the force that drives the funk on Rough Knuckles and the tinges of soul - and even a little David Bowie - that round out the package on the Butterfly.

Whiskey and Green Tea ranks among the lads' best: reflections on a drunken night at a karaoke bar with, as always, absolutely no regrets at all. And we wouldn't want it any other way.

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