Life on Other Planets
released: 09.30.02 (uk release)
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
When the members
of Supergrass quit their jobs and formed a band back in 1994,
they could never have dreamed that they would be among the founding
fathers of Britpop. Their success has never been that of Pulp,
Oasis and Blur, but they are still around making quality music
seven years later-and that’s more than can be said for many
of their peers.
Other Planets, their forth collection of studio tracks, is
of such a delicate standard that it will have no trouble adding
to the three platinum-sellers that preceded it. Life On Other
Planets is grown-up Britpop, a mature and extremely varied
album that will delight fans and maybe invite a few new people
onto their bandwagon.
for their last album (Supergrass), Supergrass decided
to take it easy and boarded themselves inside a French villa where
they did little but drink red wine and scoff French food for two
months! But as well as indulging in French cultural treats, the
seeds were also sown there for a very impressive new CD. The project
grew and now Supergrass can be found as part of a blooming tree
on the cover of Life On Other Planets, while a rainbow
covers them and reflects the spectrum of sounds to be found inside.
"Za," and "Rush Hour Soul" are pure British
rock at its best, while "Seen The Light" begins the
variety with a retro rock feel complete with Elvis impersonator.
"Brecon Beacons" is a neo-Ska affair describing a body
being found in the Welsh hotspot, while later on "Never Done
Nothing Like That Before" borrows from country, easy listening
and rock to produce an incredible song which, along with the buzzin’
"Grace," are the first singles from the album. And just
when you thought that you had had enough decent songs for one
album, along comes the sing-a-long-able "La Song" to
pump extra enthusiasm and belief into it.
have not been considered masters of their trade and have never
produced a killer album to slay the critics. But what they have
done is produce albums that are very hard to criticize and very
easy to listen to. Life On Other Planets is certainly
another of these and expect catchy singles to match.
liked Life on Other Planets...
2. Rush hour soul
3. Seen the light
4. Brecon beacons
5. Can't get up
6. Evening of the day
7. Never done nothing like that before
8. Funniest thing
10. La song
11. Prophet 15