ALBUM REVIEW: Sleeper - The Modern Age
From the very first guitar riff on the opening track ‘Paradise Waiting’, I am transported back to a time when Britpop ruled the charts - with the likes of Supergrass, Blur and Oasis - and The Big Breakfast on the telly.
Sleeper was at the forefront of Britpop, gaining attention with hits like ‘In Betweener,’ ‘Sale of the Century’ and ‘What Do I Do Now?’
They’ve made a bit of a comeback in recent years, popping up on the festival circuit, and this - their first album in an unbelievable 21 years - sounds like they never went away. It’s most definitely Sleeper at its very best, and front woman Louise Wener’s vocals are unmistakable.
Apparently, the album wasn’t meant to happen, the band promising each other it wouldn’t.
“We had no plan to get back together. Sometimes life throws you a massive curve ball. You end up jumping off the cliff, just to see what it feels like,” said Wener.
I’m glad they’re back. With raw, jangly guitar riffs and their ability to put a new spin on everyday subjects through song, it’s a fabulous album. This, Generation Z, is how music is supposed to sound!
The album is out on March 22.
Reviewed by Zoe Myall