Road To Rouen

  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Sep 27, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Unfortunately, Supergrass doesn't really ever harness any of the momentum they create on individual songs to make a truly great LP.
  4. Uncut
    All in all, another album of low-key brilliance. [Sep 2005, p.114]
  5. Q Magazine
    While the depth of the band's musicianship and production skills continues to impress, Road To Rouen feels emotionally blank. [Sep 2005, p.111]
  6. Mojo
    This is a fine record, a real grower, but it also sees a group comfortably adrift. [Sep 2005, p.89]
  7. 'Road To Rouen' is the sound of a band at last hitting their stride, finding out who they are and sounding like it's finally making them happy.
  8. Under The Radar
    Supergrass hasn't bothered with an unnatural, radical shift into experimental sounds and ideas; rather, they've simply recorded their fifth studio album. [#11, p.112]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. While the music is eclectic and teeming with exotic textures, it always feels coherent and easy to love, and might even earn the band a nomination as Britain's Best Pop Group.
  12. The album is heavy on texture and short on shape.
  13. Spin
    [A] pensive disc. [Oct 2005, p.137]
  14. Alternative Press
    Only odd detours like a Russian oompah instrumental break the rhythm of the album; Rouen is an otherwise textured and engaging disc. [Nov 2005, p.222]
  15. Supergrass is shedding even more of its goofiness, but the music--while more straight-faced--still sounds energized as ever.
  16. Road to Rouen isn't going to blow away any fan new to Supergrass, nor is any old fan going to go ga-ga over what they're hearing, but it's good to know the band isn't sitting on their laurels fantasizing about killing their commercial appeal.
  17. Shows off the group’s ability to transform into a neo-classic Brit-pop band, lush layers and dark undertones intact.
  18. Magnet
    Rouen is all long jams and breezy acoustics, the telltale signs of a band that feels it's time to sober up. [#70, p.110]
  19. A beginning to end enchanting and addictive album.
  20. The last decade has bled the band dry of energy and verve meaning that where once these songs would have been pop classics, now they’re tastefully tuneful AOR.
  21. Patchy, though when it's good (and nicked) it's very good.
  22. An album of both phenomenal concentrated bits, as well as some disappointing gaps.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. BasarU.
    Jan 19, 2008
    Listen 10 times, then you'll understand this 10.
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    I don't understand all these Supergrass fans who are saying this album is boring. What makes Supergrass so good is their sheer song writingI don't understand all these Supergrass fans who are saying this album is boring. What makes Supergrass so good is their sheer song writing talent. This album contains some of my favorite songs. Sorry if it's not dancey enough for you. You've missed the point. Full Review »
  3. AlexA.
    Jul 7, 2008
    Fantastic album, The best Supergrass have made.