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Artists on Recording Techniques by Jeff Touzeau

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34. Supergrass: Diamonds in the Rough

Supergrass is the championship fighter in the ring who refuses to go down. Despite the band’s advancing age, each new recording effort seems fresher than the last and indeed more energetic. Their latest album, Diamond Hoo Ha, sees the Midlands, U.K.—based outfit at their most explosive in years. Bassist Mick Quinn says that this time they let it all out in the studio—and you can really hear it. The performances are raw and unrestrained, but the songs are solid. It isn’t a stretch to say that Supergrass is one of the most exciting acts in the world today, and this album—at least in this writer’s opinion—rises above anything by the band’s contemporary peers: Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, The White Stripes, ...

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