Britpop revivalists Sleeper just released their first album in over 20 years

By James Robertson

It's been a long 22-year wait.

Sleeper were part of the Britpop B-list in the ‘90s – riding the same wave as the likes of Oasis and Blur, but never rising to the same heights. The band are however fondly remembered as one of the biggest female-led British bands of the ‘90s, known for their mega-hit hit ‘Sale of the Century’ and their cover of Blondie’s ‘Atomic’ on the Trainspotting soundtrack.

But age has not been kind to the recently reunited London group. Their first new album since 1997, The Modern Age, is a long-awaited joy for die-hard fans, but sadly they might be the only ones listening. Their original ‘90s spunk is largely absent on this new LP and the basic rock tunes that are present lack drive or inspiration.

It is clear from the lyrics of ‘Look At You Now’ Louise Wener and co. wanted to distance themselves from bands that just play ‘all the hits’, but the new songs here will probably not go down as well as their meatier back catalogue. One unmistaken highlight on The Modern Age would be ‘More Than I Do’, which contains explosive energy in the second half with blistering guitar and drums, a rare gem in a largely mediocre effort.