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Supergrass Gets Confident And Cuckoo

Whiskey and green tea may not sound like a potent combination, but Supergrass' gonzo ode makes a decent case for the concoction. A beefy, bizarre tune, "Whiskey and Green Tea" sounds confident and cuckoo, zigzagging through the halls of the KGB and through revolving doors, running from Chinese dragons and William S. Burroughs, and encountering little rickshaw girls along the way. In a mere four minutes, it boasts bouncy synths, a horn-fueled frenzy, music-box flourishes and military-band bravado.

While singer Gaz Coombes insists throughout the narrative that experience almost killed him, "Whiskey and Green Tea" sounds more like an absinthe-fueled spin through a funhouse than a bad trip. By the time Coombes has been found, listeners are sure to feel as disoriented and dizzy as he and his bandmates are — or just plain giddy from the rush of exposure to a top-notch, blazing power-pop barn-burner that's catchy enough to stick in listeners' heads for days.

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Barbara Mitchell