Recorded over a period of nine months at the respected Hansa Studios in Berlin, Diamond Hoo Ha might just be one album too far for the now-quartet of Supergrass.
Much of the material sounds like filler left off of the previous five albums, and only lead single, Diamond Hoo Ha Man, makes any kind of effort to stick around in the brain after a few listens. But even that pales in comparison to the highly accomplished, understated and tragically commercially unpopular Road To Rouen album of 2005. Whisky & Green Tea sounds like a poor man’s late-period Primal Scream, while even shorter, punchier numbers such as 345 seem overblown when compared to the sense of fun once inherent in this group.
If anything, Supergrass seem to have taken a step backwards, lowered their standards and settled for whatever came out. When Gaz and Danny toured tracks under an alias as an incendiary duo late last year, the music shone as a result of their musicianship. On record, however, it’s a flat-sounding sigh, although admittedly only their first major slip-up.