Spacehog - The Chinese Album (Sire) As those who love and loath Spacehog know, the American quartet have always created material that makes the mind boggle, as evident in the blend of musical styles on their debut Resident Alien years ago. This time round, they are trying to confuse you from the start - so why call it The Chinese Album anyway? My bet would be because this album is something like the menu from a Chinese takeaway, promising variety and colour. Spacehog belong with a certain type of American band - that is, the ones who see fun and glamour as an element of life rather than the misery the grunge merchants sell. Spacehog's music is pop to the extreme, with frontman Royston Langdon's Bowiesque drawl camping his way through the glam-rock of Mungo City, the inane American pop values of Captain Freeman or 2nd Avenue, and the effects-driven trip of One of These Days. But just as Chinese takeaways offer an exciting variety of 'chow mein' and 'chop suey' - but little depth in taste - Spacehog's problem lies in the fact that their musical palettes are multi-faceted but shallow. Momentarily fascinating, Spacehog will have to hone their oddities to reach their apex.