Supergrass was a band that I was familiar with for a few years, however at a very superficial level. I had heard their first hit “Alright” many times but it never led me to run out and buy their albums; the song was catchy but reminded me to much of “The Monkees”. Apparently CBS or ABC had approached the trio after this hit to pursue a rebirth show reminicent of The Monkee’s 60’s program; the band according to rumor, declined the offer since they were serious about their music and were not willing to gamble their future on a corny TV pilot program. This was clearly a smart decision.
A few years past and one day I decided on a lark to purchase “Life on Other Planets” on Ebay for $1.00, thus the risk would be minimal from a financial standpoint, and if I didn’t like it, well I ‘m sure I could get at least $2.00 at my local cd trade-in place for something else. The result was I have become a big fan of Supergrass’s sound and believe this might be the best album I have heard in a long time.
As compared to their earlier work (In It For The Money, I Should Coco, and the self-titled Supergrass) and later work (Road to Rouen, Diamond Hoo-Ha) it truly stands out as a landmark album and also an experimental one. The album resonates with inspired sounds of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and the signature sounds that make Supergrass unique in their own right.
Song’s like “Rush Hour Soul” and “Za” are very catchy and begin the album at a very fast pace which are good; the tempo and mood of the album shift with songs like “Evening of the Day” and “Grace”, the best song in my humble opinion is “Prophet 15” that just makes the album all that more worthwhile listening to in so many ways. The lyrics are great and smartly written; this album is just so solid the whole way through listen after listen.
I would suggest picking up this little gem on Ebay or Amazon if you can get it for $1.00, although clearly it is worth much more. Granted, it may take a few times to grow on you but if you are willing to take the time you will soon appreciate how talented these guys truly are, enjoy!
Life on Other Planets – 5 out of 5