Jellyfish’s career was all about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Their painfully short two album span came when grunge had taken a somewhat angst-ridden hold of the nation’s sensibilities and Kurt Cobain’s cries for help were the defining noises of the era.

Against this, Jellyfish’s love of harmony and hook lines were considered desperately uncool, but both their debut album, Bellybutton and the glorious sophomore effort Spilt Milk have consequently not only stood the test of time but actively improved with it.

Spilt Milk is a wonderfully unpretentious homage to pop music in its essential form: catchiness and melody are the keynotes here. From the soaring ‘Joining A Fan Club’ – with typically arch lyrics on fanboy culture and harmonies cut from Queen and The Beach Boys – to the psychedelic pop doodlings of ‘Sebrina, Paste and Plato’ the band explore a range of possibilities within the pop format – and well beyond.

Never less than enjoyable, nearly always exhilarating, Spilt Milk is an absolute joy.

 

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