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Although Supergrass (on tour with Foo Fighters and Year Long Disaster) sprang from the early-'90s British invasion period, the group never conquered much territory in the U.S. — and it's tough to figure out why. All of the albums to date by the Coombes brothers, Gaz and Rob, and their assorted brethren have been hook-laden and melodic, with just enough rock raucousness to prevent their efforts from ossifying. True, their latest recording, Diamond Hoo Ha, doesn't qualify as their finest; that honor probably should go to 1997's In It for the Money, but it's a close call. Nonetheless, any disc that kicks off with a song ("Diamond Hoo Ha Man") featuring a declaration of "Bite me!" followed immediately by a crushing guitar riff can't be entirely discounted, and even lesser material such as "Rough Knuckles" eventually leaves a mark. When it comes to Supergrass, invasion is to be welcomed, not feared.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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