Picks and Pans Review: Supergrass

updated 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Supergrass (Island)

Steven Spielberg was so taken with Supergrass's first power-pop album, 1995's I Should Coco, that he flew the British trio to Hollywood to pitch them on the idea of starring as themselves in a Monkees-like TV series to be called That Supergrass Show. The lads wisely declined and headed back to England and their then-budding status as media darlings.

Since then Supergrass has blossomed further, to judge by their third album. While "Alright," a single from I Should Coco that was a hit in the U.K. exuberantly proclaimed, "We are young/We are green," the band's latest songs are more layered and well-crafted. "Moving," a piece reminiscent of fellow Brits Oasis (though less angry), sounds downright wistful: "I've been moving so long/The days all feel the same." And the lush "What Went Wrong (in Your Head)" seems channeled directly from the spirit of John Lennon. Even the shadow of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust emerges, with lyrics that challenge—"Can you hear us pumping on your stereo?" Chances are, if Spielberg can, you can too.

Bottom Line: Supergrass is greener

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