Supergrass's eponymous third album is a treasure trove of pop influences filtered through the twisted energy of singer-guitarist Gaz Coombes, bassist Mickey Quinn, and drummer Danny Goffey (and, as on Money, ably assisted by Gaz's brother, keyboardist Robert Coombes). The cover image of the trio revealed inside out in x-ray form is an apt metaphor, as Supergrass becomes slightly more transparent about its influences even as it more fully integrates them into its signature sound. For its third movement, Supergrass offers a British pop amalgam of the Jam's cool verve ("Mary," "Pumping on Your Stereo"), Squeeze's cliquey deconstructionist new wave ("What Went Wrong in Your Head," "Jesus Came From Outta Space"), and a funky undercurrent that has only been hinted at previously. Supergrass's greatest strength is its ability to make the most innocuous pop music sound indispensable while simultaneously making it sound like enormous fun.
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