When the second wave of Britpop bands emerged in the mid-90s, two acts really stood out. One was Elastica but the other was Supergrass, and 20 years on from his band’s debut, singer Coombes continues to live up to their initial promise.
Anybody looking for a collection of Alrights or Pumping on Your Stereos will be disappointed, but Matador is an album of grown-up rock whose tunes take some getting used to before snaking their way into your brain, never to be dislodged.
There’s a hint of Radiohead about 20/20, but Coombes’ voice is eminently more listenable and less whiney than the Marmite-like Thom Yorke’s, while The English Ruse proves he hasn’t forgotten how to write a Supergrass-style pop song.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh