Supergrass, In It For The Money

Holly George-Warren

By Holly George-Warren

on 05.18.11 in Reviews

In It For The Money


With a title track cynically addressing the commercial success of their debut, I Should Coco, Supergrass's sophomore effort captures the high-energy combo's artistic maturation from punk revivalists to nuanced, style-straddling songsmiths. In addition to their trademark guitar-blazing romps, vocalist/guitarist Gaz Coombes, bassist Mick Quinn, and drummer Danny Goffey have filled out their sound with keyboards, via Coombes's brother Rob, who also lent writing assistance. The result is a diverse collection of songs and sonics, including such extras as synths, horns, tablas and even a Theremin.

Capturing their artistic maturation from punk revivalists to nuanced, style-straddling songsmiths

A variety of tempos and moods characterize Money, from party anthems (the bouncy "Tonight") to lovelorn balladry ("Late in the Day") to jaded power pop ("You Can See Me"). Coombes is more adventurous musically and vocally, particularly on the introspective "It's Not Me" and "Hollow Little Reign." Sensitive strokes aside, the band still likes to rock: "Richard III" pulsates with garage-y energy; "Sun Hits the Sky" is reminiscent of early U2; and "Cheapskate" adds a dash of funk to the mix, with a danceable groove that reached Billboard's Modern Rock Top 40. Among the B-sides included on the expanded reissue is a campfire version of the then-teenaged trio's 1994 breakthrough single, "Caught by the Fuzz," with exuberant vocals backed by a strummy acoustic guitar.