Supergenius - Supertired

by Jim Harris Rating:5 Release Date:2017-04-07

Supergenius hail from Belgium with a Brit lead singer/songwriter and a backing band built of session musicians from Boston and Supertired is their first release.  The background of the musicians come from a long line of hardcore bands but this release, while filled with one power chord after another, is tamed somewhat by the pace and forlorn less than angry vocals that sound like it came straight out of the 90s power pop band opening for Weezer.

Supertired opens with a promising track, ‘All That’s Gold’, which appears to be the strongest track as well, with a nice mish-mash of influences that kick off things nicely.  They’ve been compared so far to the power chord early 90s bands Husker Du and even Warren Zevon and for the life of me I can hear none of these influences in this album.  Perhaps later Bob Mould with the sort of sad mid-tempo progressions he occasionally slips into on his solo albums.

Lyrically, the songs seem tired as well in their themes of love and distance and pathos.  Nothing outstanding there as well.

Supertired, with a lead writer who has collected a band of session musicians to play his songs, sounds pretty much like a group of session musicians playing his songs.  At times, the songs are extraordinarily weak.  ‘Kinda Wooden’ is indeed a stiff repetitive track that just pretty much sums up the album for me.  Hey boy, don’t be so coy…

Things just don’t take off on Supergenius’s Supertired.  The tracks, outside of the first one, all seem to be perfunctory reminders of why that power chord mid-tempo pop sound should probably be left in the 90s.  It doesn’t mean that Supertired is super bad or anything, but the measured guitar progressions and standard power pop melodies seem somewhat counter to the forlorn, hazy vocals.  As it was for many bands back then.  Not to mention that it’s all been heard before.  It’s really a matter of opinion if the hooky pop grooves of the session musicians contribute to the hooky, pop grooves singer/songwriter Mike Berry was shooting for, but I am missing the point with Supergenius with this album.

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