Oscillating between psychedelic and laudanum beats, Richard Fearless's outfit explore more of the dark side of clubland with this superbly executed album. The vocalists are well-chosen and employed to dramatic effect. HHHH
Supergrass `Supergrass' (Parlophone)
Although "Pumping On Your Stereo" reflects their spiky pop origins, the rest of their third album sees a shift towards a more mature sound, drawing heavily on The Beatles and Beach Boys. It's also crammed with enough ideas and quirks to make repeated playing a joy. HHH
Leftfield `Rhythm & Stealth'
Three years in the making, the follow-up to Leftism includes such ingeniously dark sonic crafting as "Phat Planet" (from the Guinness advert) and "Afrika Shox" but also a lot of retreads which sound over-familiar, resulting in an album that veers between excellent and average. HHH
The All Seeing I `Pickled Eggs & Sherbet' (London)
At their best, this Sheffield trio have the ability to fix a big idiotic grin on the face of any listener. However, these dance-lounge crossover merchants, who enlist the help of Phil Oakey, Jarvis Cocker and Tony Christie, often over-stylise themselves. HHHReuse content