Road To Rouen

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  • Summary: This is album nubmer five for the UK rockers led by Gaz Coombes.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. It all adds up to the sound of a band developing and maturing nicely, without ever losing sight of what made them so great in the first place.
  2. They have never shown such control on a record before -- previously, their best albums were exciting because they went all over the place, and did it well -- and it's quite intoxicating to hear them ride one groove, finding different variations within it, for an entire album.
  3. A beginning to end enchanting and addictive album.
  4. Supergrass is shedding even more of its goofiness, but the music--while more straight-faced--still sounds energized as ever.
  5. Road to Rouen isn't entirely the stuff of rocking chairs and Sunday drives, but it is the first Supergrass record to champion an overall vibe over immediacy.
  6. Spin
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    [A] pensive disc. [Oct 2005, p.137]
  7. It seems they’ve not only gone and made that sensible and mature fifth album that every band past their sell-by date inflicts on their effervescently loyal fans, they’ve actually made a record that would be more appropriate in an old folks’ home than your local indie niterie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. BasarU.
    Jan 19, 2008
    10
    Listen 10 times, then you'll understand this 10.
  2. LeonardoF
    Oct 26, 2005
    10
    Fantastic album - it's like a journey back to 1972. I can feel the influence of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, T. Rex and many other Fantastic album - it's like a journey back to 1972. I can feel the influence of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, T. Rex and many other 70s rock bands. They're not trying to be pop, they're only having fun with their music and trying to expand their sound. Expand
  3. JonathanD
    Nov 11, 2005
    10
    A mellow collection of beautifully crafted songs by a band who care far more about their musical direction more than their popularity. A mellow collection of beautifully crafted songs by a band who care far more about their musical direction more than their popularity. 'Tales of Endurance', 'Sad girl', 'Roxy', 'Kick in the teeth' and 'Fin' are my favourites, but all the songs are good. I enjoy it more each time I listen to it. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Sep 27, 2005
    9
    Nearly perfect album. Every song leaves you wanting more. The only criticism is that it's too short. Supergrass are like a fine wine - Nearly perfect album. Every song leaves you wanting more. The only criticism is that it's too short. Supergrass are like a fine wine - when they were young they were punchy and to the point and made you expect great things, but now they have mellowed and gained a complexity that makes their appeal more elusive and more satisfying. Expand
  5. ChristopherFromCalifornia
    Sep 29, 2005
    9
    This is actually a very solid album. This is another in a long line of groups that are changing their music around (ie BRMC, White Stripes). This is actually a very solid album. This is another in a long line of groups that are changing their music around (ie BRMC, White Stripes). Who would've thought that a group that has been around for over 10 years still has the energy to release such a great album. Excellent! Expand
  6. EnzoF
    Dec 3, 2005
    8
    Brioche del danubio
  7. billr
    Oct 4, 2005
    1
    Very boring all around. After making 4 superb albums, they've fallen to cowtailing to popular taste and have taken on a Franz Very boring all around. After making 4 superb albums, they've fallen to cowtailing to popular taste and have taken on a Franz Ferdinand-like sound. Puke. I'm very disappointed and glad i never bought this album prior to hearing it (i almost did. whew!) i liked them better snotty, full of attitude and rockin'. Road to Rouen makes me want to go to bed. 'Nuff said. Expand

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