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Diamond Hoo Ha (Astralwerks)
 
The deal: Recorded in just three-weeks, Supergrass' sixth studio album sees a return of the frantic energy of the band's early releases paired with a noticeably darker tone. Either way, the third or fourth biggest band of the mid-'90s Britpop era is one of the few that's actually still around and making music. Following the droning Road To Rouen, many are calling Diamond Hoo Ha a return to form. But does that make it any good?

We say: Making the album in Berlin had an obvious impact on the musicians in Supergrass, like making frontman Gaz Coombes feel like he was channeling the likes of David Bowie and Iggy Pop on the album's cartoon-glam throwbacks such as the title track and "Bad Blood." Much like the rest of its releases, the album falls short in recreating the visceral thrills of the band's classic debut, I Should Coco. And throwaway absurdities like "Whiskey and Green Tea" don't help.

They say: "If the boys are bringing back the fun, on tracks like ‘345’ it’s clear what new producer Nick Launay has brought; a big, muscular layered sound similar to a late-era White Stripes while the heavy glam of ‘Bad Blood’ even recalls the more playful moments of QOTSA." NME
 
Rip: "Diamond Hoo Ha Man," "Bad Blood," "Ghost of a Friend"
 
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