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In It For The Money

Supergrass

1997

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In It For The Money
Album Summary

In It for the Money is the second studio album by English alternative rock band Supergrass, released in 1997. NME called it "more fun than watching a wombat in a washing machine" and named it the 10th best album of the year. In 1998, Q readers voted it the 68th greatest album of all time, while in 2000 the same magazine placed it at number 57 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.

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3.26

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12072

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Britpop

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Didn't expect to see this here. Fair enough, it's pretty enjoyable for someone who likes Britpop. Better than Aerosmith anyway. Fun Fact: I went to see Gaz Coombes live in New York, but got so drunk before the gig that I passed out and pissed myself. Fun Fact 2: I went to see Supergrass in Amsterdam, but the day before I eat half a space cake and pissed myself.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
2

NO WAY THEY HAVE TWO SUPERGRASS ALBUMS ON THIS LIST. NOBODY FUCKS WITH THEM LIKE THAT?? i swear this list has so many questionable albums

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

This was alright. Enjoyable but I don’t remember much of it.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

Sick. I had a really good time with this - there was no song that I didn't enjoy. "In It For The Money", "Richard III", "Sun Hits the Sky" and "You Can See Me" were the best of the best for me. Very pleasantly surprised, it's always the albums with the most garbage covers that I seem to enjoy the most in the end. I mean, the cover's not bad, but it (together with the band name) made me think I was going to be listening to bluegrass. (I only listened to what Spotify considers to be "disc 1", since disc 2 is for the bonus tracks according to Wikipedia)

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Ah, childhood memories. I've got so much time for Supergrass, especially the first two albums. It's always catchy but also at times heavy, quirky, sophisticated, and most of all a lot of fun. A band who really knows the power of a good chord change. The guitar solo on Late In The Day is an all-time favourite - always makes me smile/shiver. 4.5, but I'm rounding up this time (nostalgia bias innit).

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

A compelling, energetic and likeable listen from a band who are restlessly throwing everything on the table- even if some of it's a little half-baked. After a more straight-up rock and roll debut in "I Should Coco", Supergrass seem to be going for more of an eclectic feel here, expanding their musical vocabulary slightly. There's more instrumentation, from the brass section in the opener, theremin in propulsive rocker "Richard III", bongo breakdown in "Sun Hits the Sky." Gaz Coombes gives a very assured performance on vocals and the interplay between the three members is terrific- they give the sense that they're firing on all cylinders. Take the title track, an absolutely incredible opener: from the ominous lone organ chord and diminished chord guitar arpeggios to the "We're in it for the money" chant, building up to an explosive riff and vocal which then bridges into an incredible middle-8... it's by far the highlight on the record, and sets the stage for a peerless album. From this point, we're treated to more riff-tastic Britpop, with dialled-up guitars, thick production and embellishments from other instruments. It's all good fun, but I wish Supergrass veered in more directions musically. Their momentum and enthusiasm carries them through the first half, but then things do tail off slightly: "It's Not Me" is a forgettable experiment with balladry that doesn't quite land, "Hollow Little Reign" doesn't offer anything new, and "Sometimes I Make You Sad" is a disappointing closer, with experimentation in vocal percussion and flanging coming off as a gimmick. They had the talent to be much more eclectic than this, and it's a shame we don't see it here. Other songs remain frustratingly uneven, like "Cheapskate", only taking off whenever its chorus kicks in. Even "Late In The Day"'s Beatles-y sing-along refrain (just the right side of irritating) is disrupted by yawning acoustic-driven verses. On the whole though, this album is a lot of fun to listen to and most of the songs remain infectious and energetic. Anecdotal side note: Supergrass were the last band I saw live before the first UK lockdown. Them playing "Sun Hits the Sky" with a guest appearance from Johnny Marr was transcendental, and almost that memory alone brings this album to an easy 4*.

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Mon Oct 12 2020
5

Still sounds fresh, original and inventive. A flawless album.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

First band I'm giving back-to-back 5 star ratings for (nearly 200 days in!). Crazy fun, super catchy, fuzzy power pop. Really enjoyed this and "I Should Coco". Favorite tracks: "G Song", "Richard III", "Hollow Little Reign"

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Amazing, I never really listened to supergrass but I'm definitely slowly becoming a fan

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Sun Apr 18 2021
5

REALLY good. I've heard the band off and on, of course, but this is the first time I've sat down and closely listened to an album as a whole.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
5

Rock excelente e EXATAMENTE na vibe que eu tava precisando

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Wow, had not heard of Supergrass and I really like their alt-rock vibe. This band has some incredible musicians. Very sophisticated and well-thought-out stuff!

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Title track comes on first, but damn this album is long. 71 minutes? IIRC Grass is tattling in the UK. These guys were also linked to another band or a solo act? Ah yes, Mick joined Swervedriver. This is good! Psych pop. Kinda reminds me of a british GBV with harmonies and rock chords. Is that a fucking theremin?

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Wow. That was a very good surprise. A lot of mixed rock styles, some of them looking like 60's classics and also some kind of grunge (?) at the end of the '90s. They are not the best in any of these styles and besides some songs, they are not memorable, however, the album looks like a real walk through song style and all very well played. Nothing much more to say. but "Supergrass" will be included in my songs research for the future.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Rocking, Grooving, influential.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

I was excited to give another five stars these weeks, and behold, here they are! This album is very enjoyable from beginning to end. I didn't check the genres at first and thought that this was going to be folk or something but no! It's pure britpop and indie rock insanity, the good kind! It sounds like if a Beatles tribute band suddenly decided to play alternative music, and turned out better than it was expected! 4.6/5

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Sun Apr 30 2023
5

Amazingly good, part of the soundtrack to life in the UK in the 90s. Richard III and Sun Hits the Sky are my favourites, but it's surprisingly consistent throughout.

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Thu May 11 2023
5

Fantastic. Innovation, feel, attitude - what an album

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Sat Jun 10 2023
5

Supergrass weren't the most popular band of the Britpop era, however they certainly recorded music that was some of the best of the decade. "In It For The Money" has aged well, and what a record this is. We have glam, rock, punk and pop and its as fresh today as it was in 97' when it was released. Now being a rocker at heart I dig that heavy intro to Richard III and Gaz hollering "woo" just before the things kicks in. It was this song that really made me sit up and take notice of Gaz and the boys. "Sun Hits The Sky" is probably the jewel in the crown of this remarkable record. A Britpop sing-along anthem with a glorious old school synth solo that isn't embarrassed to kick some ass, and that wonderful outro with the mad bongos, it has bloody everything. I've enjoyed revisiting this record a great deal, its a feel-good-cracker which is defo worth listening to.

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

5.0 out of 5. An absolutely stunning album. Still sounds fresh today. The songwriting and arrangements on every single track are top drawer. Everything seems so perfectly thought through and the whole album just flows together. An album of contrasts: ‘Richard III just bangs’, and ‘Late in the Day’ has an incredibly mellow vibe. It’s just so interestingly put together, with little brass sections, percussion arrangements, keyboard solos and guitar riffs popping up to change the dynamic of each song. An album to have in the background to brighten your day but also one that gets better when you have time to sit down and just absorb every detail.

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Thu Dec 28 2023
5

My favourite Supergrass album and another entry into the '1997 was an all time great year for music' theory that I'll bash anyone over the head with given half a chance. I imagine Americans and/or youngsters will never have heard of them and maybe throw hands up in despair at the inclusion of yet another britpop album, but I still like this. Heavy Bowie influence of course along with the more 60s sound of Small Face and the Kinks etc. just as much of the very retrospective Britpop era bands were. But I always felt Supergrass, Suede, Super Furries and Pulp stood above the crowd as they brought much of their own character to the mix. Everything barrels along and it's still catchy as hell 25 years on. Rocks harder than the more rinky dink debut but still totally pop. All the songs are good, particularly love the opener and Richard III, also later Cheapskate and Hollow Little Reign. After the album, B-sides Odd? and Wait For the Sun are also recommended, as is the acoustic version of Fuzz.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
5

Another group that I had never heard of before listening to this album. And yet again I was stunned by how much I liked this (probably even more than like this). There are some straight up rockers on this (Richard III) to some very weird and experimental sounding songs (Sometimes I Make You Sad). Great vocals and instrumentation in every song. I never imagined I'd give this a 5, but I certainly will. Favorite tracks: all of them!

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Wed Apr 03 2024
5

Wow what a fantastic album. I wish I had known about Supergrass years ago

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

4.5, this was dope. Really good britpoprock with some cool psychedelic elements sprinkled in

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

I know a few of the songs off the album but never listened to it in full. It's solid. You can also see their influence in taking Brit-Pop from Blur and Oasis to a slightly more frenetic pace that defines (not just in the UK) the post-punk alternative sounds of the late 90s and early 2000s (Kaiser Chiefs, the Strokes, the Vines, etc.). Loved the first half of the album, got a little boring, monotonous, or just not as good in the second half.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Sick album, didn't quite hit the 5 mark but very very close. Would've got there if they tightened up the run time a bit, loses its focus a bit in parts. Hollow Little Reign is the highlight, love the meandering psychadeliea.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
4

A great record, lots of inventive chord twists and turns in the songs. Main songwriter has obviously thoroughly digested his dad's record collection of '60's pop/rock then integrated it into his own unique style. Heaps of great songs I'll be listening to again in the future.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

I'm not sure if I've heard of this band before. All of the music was new to me. Occassionally the vocals reminded me of Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins). From time to time the music reminded me a little of a few other bands from the 90s like Beck, Oasis, or the Dandy Warhols. This album sounds like it would have fit in with any of those bands. I liked the album overall. Every track was at least "okay". "Cheapskate" and "Sun Hits the Sky" were my favorite tracks. This album is 3.5 stars --> rounding up to 4.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

This is a very accomplished album. Is it as good as I Should Coco, their brilliant and much lauded debut? I'm not the one to ask. You see In It for the Money is my introduction to Supergrass and as such will always hold a unique place for me. Regardless In it for the Money is a GREAT brit pop album and packs a rockers punch that other more celebrated albums of the genre never quite reach for me. Every song has their charms. I had forgotten how good an album this is. 4.5 stars.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

If Billy Corgan had an affair with Britpop, this would be the baby. Well written, well performed, and well produced, but there is a certain special “it factor” that it seems to be missing to really push it to greater heights.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

This album sits on the edge between Britpop and 2000s indie rock. The music is enjoyable and driving even if it’s not the most innovative thing I’ve ever heard. The melodies are memorable and remind me a bit of Oasis. The vocals have a Mick Jagger like swagger to them that really suits the music.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Judging an album by the cover, the expectation here is that the listener is either treated to with a well done or cursed with a horribly produced backwoods amalgamation of noise. Au contraire, instead the album opens with a beautifully rhythmic rock and roll sound with "In It For The Money" the title track. The tone has been set, and this is very much a warm welcome. "Richard III" carries on the warm welcome with an energetic yet melodic offering. A few songs in, the inspirations start to come through, notably things that sound like something the Rolling Stones would do. More into the contemporary comparisons, there's a bit of Oasis as well. This album is a bit of a surprise because while these inspirations can be obvious, Supergrass maintains an identity to where the listener can believe they are listening to a contemporary rather than a type-cast-by-genre record label band designed to imitate. The album is a bit heavier than the aforementioned, but that may be to how their songs are mixed. The instruments are balanced nicely, the band has a beautiful grasp of melody and it plays so well. This is in somewhat of a contrast to their "I Should Coco" album (which received 4 stars) where it took a few listens to really narrow that score because of how long it took to become familiar. The band was a bit more diverse in their sound and music. This album on a single listen is markedly better even with a little better predictability, and more so for lack of a runaway hit single as recognizable as "Alright" from their previous release. The focus is split evenly on the album as a whole, without a mega hit to weigh against. Without that distraction, an objective listen is easier to do. This is a really solid album, and it is these now seemingly obscure finds that make 1001 such a great thing to experience. "It's Not Me" has a beautiful acoustic guitar, backed by sound effects reminiscent of Doctor Who, but with an anthemic near ballad-worthy chorus.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

This album had an intriguing sound, and definitely picked up right at the end. My favourite songs were Hollow Little Reign, Sometimes I Make You Sad, and You Can See Me.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

Always loved it. Still sounds surprisingly innovative and fresh when put on. A little front-loaded but it's alright. Just a great album in every way, just falling short of a five. A great record.

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Sat Apr 01 2023
3

I agree with the top review here, enjoyable but completely forgettable. I don't think I remember anything in particular about it. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it.

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Wed Jul 05 2023
3

I enjoyed this album, but do question if we need 2 super grass albums on the list if we already have I am coco. Don’t think we need this one, but for my personal taste this gets 3 stars

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Fri Oct 27 2023
3

Nr. 18/1001 In It For The Money 3/5 Richard III 2/5 Tonight 3/5 Late In The Day 3/5 G-Song 3/5 Sun Hits The Sky 3/5 Going Out 3/5 It's Not Me 3/5 Cheapskate 3/5 You Can See Me 3/5 Hollow Little Reign 2/5 Sometimes I Make You Sad 1/5 Average: 2,67 Last song was really bad. Otherwise everything was okay, but forgettable

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Wed Apr 10 2024
3

So I actually liked this album better than “I Should Coco” – so 2 albums by Supergrass of my first 50 – perhaps a bit much… There were 4 songs that I noted on this one that really stood out – “Late In The Day” “G-Song” “Cheapskate” “Hollow Little Reign” As those were the cream of the crop in my opinion, and all 4-stars or a bit better on my little 7-star song rating system… The rest of the tracks are fine, and maybe I appreciated this more – as 4 of my last 5 albums have been rap – and I’m not a rap guy… A solid 3 for me, and definite signs that this band was making some progress, as I gave “Coco” 2-stars…

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Mon Jul 01 2024
3

I was hoping this was bluegrass but I ended up liking it anyway

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Wed Jun 21 2023
2

Ohhhh riiiiight. "Late in the Day." I remember that one. This is another one of those bands that I'm positive must have been bigger in the UK than in the United States of Something Something. And that tracks. They've got a little bit of the Oasis thing going on. Probably some Stone Roses and Pulp. Maybe a little Blur and the Verve. A touch of Travis. A sliver of Spacehog. A growler of Gomez. (I'm just throwing out all the names I can think of here; not even positive all these bands are from the U.K.) I didn't mind it, but it doesn't rise to the rigorous level of 3 stars criteria that I hold my albums to. Also, please do not ask me to define that criteria in writing. It can't be done. Anybody else hear a little Smashing Pumpkins every now and then?

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Another great album, another 5

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Huge sound, total party/ cruise vibe. Thunderous bass, crunchy guitars, shouty vocals, groovy drums. 60s-70s influences

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

When i saw that 'alright' wasn't on this, i was sad, as i thought it was all i knew by them... turns out i was wrong. Banger after banger. Super album.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
5

Great album. Not a lot of time to listen but I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it a bit more!

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Gran descubrimiento este disco no conocia ni al grupo ni el disco, muy variado y divertido

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Surprised by this one, a band I slept on but a great album!

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

Fav songs: - In it for the money - Late in the day - Sun Hits The Sky - Hollow Little Reign - Wait for the Sun

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

This one was really fun. There's a good chance I'm gonna be a sucker for anything with that much organ and horns.

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Thu May 26 2022
5

Really cool funky garage rock

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

One of the most under rated British bands. This is my favourite album of theirs..... an easy 5

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

Some songs are boring or not really that interesting but most of them have a really catchy tune. Love it. Def will listen to them more. Love Sex! Really funny and real song.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

OMFG this is very fucking good 10/10

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

Didn't know what to expect from these guys, but I was pleasantly surprised. Funky, edgy, alternative music that has a high relisten value.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

This list has made me a Supergrass fan. Between this album and I Should Coco, I'm all in on Supergrass. Thanks 1001 Albums!

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

This was so much fun! Much better than a lot of 90s rock-pop I've listened to

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

A mature album with very little filler.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Supergrass was one of those bands I was aware of but never listened to in the 90's. I'm now very much kicking myself for not having checked this out earlier. This album has so much great stuff in it; kind of seems like a precursor to proggy rock bands like Closure in Moscow. Instant fan.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

I loved this. Great songwriting, really cool use of vocal harmonies and guitar. Kinda all over the place. Creative and charismatic.

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Sun Jan 01 2023
5

Simply great album. Sounds a little bit like Oasis, but there is a lot of freshness in their music. Vocal is exciting and doesn't bring nauseating thoughts, like Gallagher brothers (whoever is the singing one). The opening songs are straight up hits, like "In It For The Money", "Richard III", and "Tonight". Really entertaining british rock, looking forward to buying a vinyl record of this album!

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Mon Jan 16 2023
5

Great album. Memories of youth flooding back.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
5

This made me feel like I was standing in front of the pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival, watching the best live set of my life. I had completely underestimated Supergrass until I listened to this album. Fantastic.

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Thu Apr 13 2023
5

Loved this album! How have I never heard of this band. Great songs.

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Fri May 26 2023
5

Loved it. sounds like oasis meets an early 00s alternative rock band like franz ferdinand or something like that.

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Wed May 31 2023
5

Ya hacía tiempo que no escuchaba un álbum tan bueno. Al igual que, básicamente, cualquier persona, solo conocía Supergrass por Alright, y, aunque ya me sonaba la portada, no tenía ni idea sobre él, pero qué buena sorpresa me llevé. Él álbum entero está excelente, o al menos eso diría si no fuera por el closer, pues es la cosa más extraña y fuera de lugar que se me podría haber ocurrido, sin embargo, realmente no se merece ser castigado por ello, pues tampoco está taaaan mal. Explicando esto último, el álbum se volvió unos de mis favoritos y, aunque lo quemé un poco, sigo teniendo la misma opinión de que es un 5 bien merecido.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

God I love every second of this album. When I was a kid I was taken on holiday against my will (as I was a grumpy teenager in my own personal hell) and brought my guitar, sat for two weeks and learned to play along every note of it. That means nothing to anyone else but it means everything to me.

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Tue Jun 13 2023
5

I had never even heard of this band before, but this album is incredible. Impeccable riffs, vocal hooks, gorgeous song structures... this is why I use this site, man.

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Wed Jun 21 2023
5

Had I discovered Supergrass when I was younger, I undoubtedly would have been a fan.

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Wed Jul 05 2023
5

good guitar sound at first songs

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Thu Jul 06 2023
5

Fantastic, hits all the right notes and just brilliant stuff

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Fri Aug 04 2023
5

10/10 - I don’t know why I was skeptical of getting into Supergrass every album literally blows me away, reducing me to atoms

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Wed Oct 11 2023
5

Super fun classic altrock britpop

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Thu Oct 19 2023
5

Good album britpop still a amazing era

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Sat Oct 28 2023
5

The first Supergrass album was great. This one is great too! A terrific collection of fun poppy-punky confections I could eat all day!

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Sat Oct 28 2023
5

I don't know why these guys make me think of the beach --- they look pretty chilly on the cover --- but they totally do. My notes about I Should Coco mention summer. And In It for the Money gave me loads of sunshiny feelings. Maybe there's something about them that reminds me of California bands like The Dickies and Redd Kross and Jellyfish. Anyway, I love their sparkly tunes and melodious vocals. I was uplifted!

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Sat Oct 28 2023
5

I put off listening to this one all day because I had a notion that it wouldn’t be all that interesting to me. Well, I was wrong. I really liked it. Had it not been such a pleasant surprise, then maybe it was a 4 for me, but…

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Thu Nov 02 2023
5

Got a new banger out of this one so max points for that

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

OK I'm not a huge fan of the whole Brit-pop thing, I do still struggle with, what I now perceive as the dumbing down of British creativity and its subsequent surge in popularity. However nothing is that simple, the whole thing was a weird transitional phase for me which I found annoying at the time. More on this subject when certain bands/albums which irked me at the time will surely appear. Supergrass, back then I thought they were fronted by a weird looking monkey man, which was refreshing in itself! I didn't mind their debut, but this was a much more polished, accomplished affair. I don't think there is a bad track on this LP. 'Late in the Day' is probably my favourite Supergrass song, the other singles are quality too. No fillers. A high 4 or low 5.

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Wed Jan 03 2024
5

Incredible AltRock album. So much soul and heart in the vocals and instrumentals. It feels very influential for a lot of my favorite artists. Standouts were In It For The Money, Tonight and You Can See Me

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

Man I loved this so much! Never heard of this band before and I’ll be spinning this a lot.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

How in the world do I not already love this band? Blur and Supergrass rank as my favorite finds from this endeavor to date. This album has just about everything I want from a pop/rock album. Great tunes, quirky ideas, great vocals, lyrics that will take a little while to figure out, never lost my interest or slumped — not easy to award a 5-star rating on the first listen, but I'm smitten.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
5

Really enjoy the sound they make

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Tue Apr 09 2024
5

I didn't realized there was another Supergrass album on this list! I loved I Should CoCo and have listened to it a couple times since getting it a few months ago. I think I Should Coco is the stronger album, but I loved this, too. I love power pop.

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