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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 13/03/2010 | beetleblur
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Pro Coxon-esque alternative is certainly the right direction; an original sound with a nice number o
Cons the more hardcore britpop fans out there may not be convinced!
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"Change in direction leads to probably the best blur album.."

Although Blur are one of 'thee' defining britpop bands of the 1990's, diversity to a different genre and style influences seem to mark the band's career. 'Modern Life is Rubbish' was that first step in the right direction from 'Leisure', and the self-tilted 'Blur' is almost a 'Second Revolution' to a higher plane of music. What is truly great about this album is that the essential instantaneously recognisable 'blur sound' remains; No matter what earlier album you'd listen to, compared to this.. that hint of Albarn/Coxon twang remains

So what is so different about 'Blur'? The conversion from britpop, a personal favourite genre of mine to lo-fi alternative, another favourite genre is that obvious difference; rather than a more upbeat sound that could be heard on 'The Great Escape' has transformed magnificently thanks to excellent acoustics and distorted guitars matched by some clever song righting thanks to Albarn and the influences that Coxon clearly wanted to bring in to Blur. For me and many others, 'Blur' is probably the best work that blur has ever produced; it's fresh, it's exciting and more importantly... it was top notch music. The transformation from similar bands such as Pulp and Suede to the lo-fi equivalents of Pavement and the Pixies appears to have been a doddle for blur.

The instruments are excellent as are the lyrics and vocals. The album is exceptionally consistent too; 'Song 2', 'Beetlebum' and 'Country Sad Ballad Man' all prove the quality of such a change. The thing that strikes me as 'blur' being their definitive album is probably 'Song 2' as they are probably more renowned for that song than any other earlier work such as 'Country House' or 'Park Life'. Other standout tracks are 'On Your Own', 'Chinese Bombs' and well.. to be honest, there is not a true weak link.

So would I recommend? Definitely. Unless of course you are the hardcore Britpop fan, who see's Blur's change to Lo-fi as despicable! 'blur' is Blur's best album and there are plenty of tracks that even the most general of rock fans to the biggest Lo-fi alternative fans will enjoy.

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  • Little-Lily published 13/03/2010
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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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