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Brit Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Parlophone, Food - Distributor: EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Released: 02/06/2008, 10/02/1997 - 49880...

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published 17/06/2001 | pvincent
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Pro Makes complete reinvention look so easy
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"Remake, Remodel"

After "The Great Escape", and the excesses of Britpop, caused enormous tensions within the group, Blur decided to get back to basics. Coxon and Albarn, in particular, had always had a taste for indie noise-pop, and the stripped back sound of bands like Pavement. Now it was time to abandon the chart-friendly pop of yore, and start making the kind of music they liked to listen to. The eponymous "Blur" was the result.

And what a breath of fresh air it was. The sinister sleaziness of the opening "Beetlebum" set the tone, moving from a looping, minimalist opening to a glorious cacophany by its close. Then the adrenalin-rush whoo-hoo!s of "Song 2" (2nd track, 2 verses, 2 minutes long... nice!), closely followed by the rural twangings of "Country Sad Ballad Man"... the album just gets better as it progresses, until its final chaotic, varispeed "Essex Dogs" puts a disturbing close to the proceedings.

The album gets better with each repeated listen - there's so much experimentation going on here that it really takes a long time for it to give up all its many secrets.

The biggest revelation is the wild and unpredictable guitar talent of Graham Coxon. He'd always been inventive, but on this album he's given full rein, and unleashes some of the most wonderfully discordant guitar sounds since David Bowie's "Scary Monsters And Super Creeps". The man's a marvel!

So yes, reinvention in this case is completely successful. Britpop, nah, it's dead, mate. This is much more satisfying! Five easy stars...


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Brit Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Parlophone, Food - Distributor: EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Released: 02/06/2008, 10/02/1997 - 4988006800533, 724385556227

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