Rolling Stone (8/10/95, p.59) - 3.5 Stars - Good - "...regardless of how silly Supergrass become, the strength of their songwriting always shines through. Combining the best elements of classic British pop and melodic punk, the band leapfrogs decades and spans the gaps with wide, grinning hooks..."
Spin (9/95, p.113) - 6 - Reasonably Good - "...Supergrass is a mod band....I SHOULD COCO...works best when [the group] is careering about like Dickensian urchins in smeared lipstick, blinking through hula hoop-size pupils, gleefully anticipating corruption..."
Entertainment Weekly (7/21/95, p.64) - "...`Eclectic' doesn't begin to describe the deft plunderings of these barely legal-age lads, who, in their evocation of the Beatles, Bowie, and the Buzzcocks, seem equally at home as glamour-puss fops and snot-nosed hooligans." - Rating: A
Q (2/96, p.66) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995.
Q (6/95, p.118) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...petulant middle-class brats with an instinctive grasp of melody, midway between The Clash and Buzzcocks....the more Supergrass reveal of themselves, the more childish things are set aside in favour of an embracing of pop history..."
Option (1-2/96, p.120) - "...cobbles together ideas from the record collection, then pieces `em together in not-necessarily-novel but at least catchy arrangements--cheeky thievery being the sincerest form of flattery, of course..."
Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp.66-67) - Ranked #7 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's `Albums Of The Year' - "...Druggy, deranged, bright-eyed, innocently sleazy, mercilessly addictive. Like mainlining a dose of uncut fun."
Mojo (Publisher) (7/95, p.106) - "...I SHOULD COCO is absurdly crammed with musical intelligence....a massive heap of informed rock madness....Supergrass have a unique take on pop music..."
NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #6 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995 - "...the 'Grass turned their day-to-day into cartoon, and still had you gasping at the sheer thrill of it..."
Supergrass: Gaz Coombes (vocals); Micky Quinn (bass); Danny Goffey (drums).
Recorded at Sawmills Studio, Cornwall, England.
The songs on I SHOULD COCO play like missing pieces of the Buzzcocks' SINGLES GOING STEADY, HUNKY DORY-era Bowie, and when the Stones still existed BETWEEN THE BUTTONS. At the same time, Supergrass fit perfectly into the very retro "punk" tastes of the mid-'90s charts, and make it all seem exciting again.
Combining breathless pop-rock with an ebullient and glamorous sense of humor, Supergrass are nervy and fun. "I'd Like To Know" and "Caught By The Fuzz" show off Supergrass' undeniably British sensibilities (the chirping Cockney harmonies, the acoustic piano, the topsy-turvy bass lines), but it all works. The album is a rare breed--one that plays like an old favorite, but isn't an exercise in redundancy or nostalgia.
I SHOULD COCO isn't a painful reminder of eras gone by, but an adoring school-boy homage--exactly the one that Supergrass plays up to. Because anything too serious might ruin a good time.