From page 94 of Classic Rock Magazine March 2004
Cup Of Sand
After 14 years ploughing a straightahead furrow of single-minded indieness, Superchunk remain one of teenage – well, maybe 30-something – America’s most respected and revered guitar bands, retaining large chunks of the edge and humour of tracks like ‘Slack Motherfucker’ which broke them big last century. Not for Superchunk the big-cash sell-out, the mainstream crossover and billion-selling ubiquity of Nirvana. That’s the real attraction of the band: their consistency, their caring, and the certainty that they’ll never completely jettison their clattering attack and turn up in your dad’s CD rack. Of course, it would be unfair to judge any band on a twin-CD collection of singles, out-takes and rare compilation/ soundtrack recordings. However, fans rate the band’s previous two similar spring-cleans – the early singles roundup ‘Tossing Seeds’ and 1995’s ‘Incidental Music’ – as among the band’s very best. And there’s certainly a lot to like here: acoustic versions, unconventional vocals, odd little North Carolina moods, and a dead good cover of Adam & The Ants’ ‘Beat My Guest’. Best of all are the band’s intimate anecdotal notes on each song. These cats really do care.