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Modern Life Is Rubbish

Blur

1993

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Modern Life Is Rubbish

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Honestly, it didn't make much impact on me. I neither hated nor loved this album. It was mostly ignorable, early-90s poprock. Just... meh.

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5

Always thought I was an oasis man. Turns out I’m a blur man

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Too long and too boring. This album is rubbish.

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5

classic britpop origins album

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Never listened to Blur saved for a few songs, knew they were more than "Song 2" (which was a parody anyway). This is some damn good britpop. Damon Albarn really knows how to craft a catch tune. Favorite tracks: "For Tomorrow", "Oily Water", "Villa Roise"

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Found out that I like Blur

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MY FACE! WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT ON MY FACE! ARGH FUCK! MY FACE! MY FACE! GET IT OFF MY FACE! WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY FACE? MY BEAUTIFUL FACE! MAKE IT STOP! MY FACE! MY FACE! NOT MY FACE! MY HANDSOMELY STRUCTURED FACE IS FALLING APART. PLEASE, NO! NOT MY FACE! ANYTHING BUT MY FACE! NOT THE FACE. MY FACE! NOT THE FACE! WHAT THE FUCK IS HAPPENING? WHAT'S HAPPENING?! WHY? MY FUCKIN' FACE! MY FACE! THIS ISN'T FAIR. NOT THE FACE!

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Some people are too smart for their own good. You've probably met those sorts of guys before. They're often sitting in the back of the office or the classroom, having that distanced 'I-can't-be-bothered' stare, idly turning their head towards the urban smog outside the window, as if listening to their own inner teacher or boss instead of the real man in charge. If you're a little intrigued by all that cynical, borderline-nihilistic reserve, you sometimes find yourself talking to such a person during coffee breaks, just to see what they're all about. Soon, however, you realize you won't gain much from the conversation anyway, and often leave that coffee break even more nonplussed than you were before. You admit still being fascinated a little, but the unobtrusive words exchanged on the surface keep on screaming "boredom" to your ears. The only real problem being that you don't know for sure if said boredom actually belongs to that person you talked to, or if it's just *yours*. That bloke is *Modern Life Is Rubbish*-era Damon Albarn. Too smart for his own good, and thereby missing a chance to genuinely impress or fully convince you. Admittedly, this doesn't mean there's absolutely anything Damon and his pals from Blur couldn't say with some sort of force or intent when they recorded their second, aptly-named, album. There is, actually. "For Tomorrow" is nothing but a stellar opener, for example (more on that later), nicely paying homage to a oh-so-brit tradition established by the Kinks--whose shadow obviously looms above the first part of Blur's career (minus-*Leisure*) with decidedly good aftereffects overall. Here the vocal melody floats with a bittersweet, mock-happy-go-lucky charm that belies the existential dread underneath the song itself, and it takes a full string section towards the end of that gem to reveal the full tragedy at hand in that tale about postmodern dread. Following that great introduction, "Advert" is a little punky masterpiece that snarls and rattles the point of the album's title home even better than the opener. The schoolboy's lament "Pressure on Julian", a swampy track that foretells left-field, grungy elements from *Blur* and *13*, owes a lot to Graham Coxon's admirable chops on his six strings, the sort of musical sprinkling that can't hurt a second-tier song. As for "Turn It Up", it is a bouncy pop song that gives some needed levity at the eleventh hour (even though it's no "Song 2" or "Girls And Boys" either). This list of assets could go on, of course. Production is flawless (courtesy of long-time collaborators Steve Lovell and Stephen Street). Arrangements are artful. But are those tracks *memorable*? Do you remember *that* guy from your old classroom now, as well-dressed as he was? Probably not. Let's just hope that lad's nihilistic stance hasn't triggered him to do the worst and harm himself at some later points of his life at least. "He's a twentieth century boy / With his hands on the rails / Trying not to be sick again / And holding on for tomorrow". This is how the album starts, namely as an inverted T-Rex anthem where contemplations about suicide have taken the place of the usual calls to hedonism enacted throughout the history of rock'n'roll. On the same song, Damon tells a little more about the alienated individuals having such self-destructive thoughts: "Jim stops and gets out of the car / Goes to a house in Emperor's Gate / Through the door and to his room / And then he puts the TV on / Turns it off and makes some tea". Vacant life at its most obvious here. See also "Blue Jeans": "Blue, blue jeans I wear them every day / There's no particular reason to change / My thoughts are getting banal, I can't help it". Uh, OK, Damon, we *get* it. Consumer society and constant commodification play their parts gnawing us all into tiny little squibs devoid of all life. But the point is: do *you* have to sound so bored yourself to hammer that idea home? Isn't that overkill? C'mon, chin up. Shake a leg. You're turning into an annoying, humourless slob here, and this might go against your first intent, don't you think? Because... well, yes, duh: *Modern Life Is Rubbish* says it straight right from its title. You can't relax ("Star Shaped"), you're barfing on food and drugs to vent your frustrations out ("Chemical World"), there are leeches in the close-cropped lawns and "eating between meals stifles the appetite". Nice program, right? You also have to deal with publicity sponsors ("Colin Zeal"), militaries ("Sunday Sunday"), or even the CIA agency on "Miss America", an overlong dirge that saps what's left of the album momentum on side 2. This is a record that ends with a song called "Resigned", folks! Even though at that point, we're not necessarily caring any longer either, mind you, as harsh as it sounds to say so. All this performative angst might actually be nothing short of rosy under the sun for amateurs of works driven by wry, pessimistic hot takes about our late capitalistic societies. But the crux of the issue here is that overall, *Modern Life Is Rubbish* is almost a complete misfire on those topics, bordering on self-indulgence in the expression of mundane banalities, and becoming itself the sort of bane that it supposedly tries to tackle in the first place. And in a way, the music itself is burdened by the exact same sort of problems that are plaguing Albarn's lyrical conceits throughout the record. There is no sense of direction to the whole thing. Melodically speaking, some songs, especially those with the most "Britpop" inflexions, appear lively on the surface, but there's none of that catchy *spark* in them, none of the sheer tongue-in-cheek inventivity and directness Blur will become known for in *Parklife* for instance. It is probably no coincidence the latter was released only a year after this one, as if the Essex boys had felt the need to course-correct the many shortcomings witnessed here as soon as possible, before it was too late and they lost that peculiar zeitgeist they were aiming at in that tentative effort here. Likewise, what could pass for melancholy or mystery in some of those songs will be better explored later on, first with "To The End" on *Parklife*, and then further in parts of *The Great Escape*. But mostly, it is during the post-Britpop period that this specific dimension will finally bloom. Before those glorious days ahead, what we have is merely a sketch of the promising future, drawn thanks to a somewhat mechanical hand on auto-pilot. The sarcastic Village Green Preservation Society of days yonder has turned brown, and then bare. Blur still tries to summon its wry, ironic poetry, but their heart's not in it, as if squashed by the weight of their own conceptual pretensions. Fortunately, they found a way out of this conundrum, given that there isn't anything in *Modern Life Is Rubbish* that Blur hasn't done *better* in the three albums that followed it, gving Albarn and company the opportunity to finally have their cakes and eat it too. In those later records (*Parklife*, *The Great Escape* and *Blur*) not only has Blur allowed themselves to grind their axe about the pitfalls of modernity, but this time they also managed to have fun on the wayside. The music there does not merely *snarls*, it also *giggles*, *guffaws* and *rolls on the floor with laughter. Sometimes it also jumpstarts, gets genuinely angry, croons and even cries. In the core of those emotions, commodification and the unavoidable existential responses it triggers in us all are still lying there somewhere, honoring the initial program established in the band's second album. But to target those themes for what they are, you still need to contrast them with a little spice, a little flavour, and it's a lesson Blur has probably learned the hard way through this transitional second LP. Overall, we *do* agree with you, Damon: "modern life is rubbish" indeed. But no one said you *can't* have a wholehearted laugh about it, at least. [Number of albums I listened to from the list: 2 Albums left to listen to: 999 Number of albums I've found genuinely relevant: 0 Number of different albums you should listen to before you die: 2 (including this one)]

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Not really interesting, some parts remind me of bowie

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This album is rubbish. I cram to understand how a sophomore album from a second rate one hit wonder made this list.

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This album is rubbish

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In my top ten albums of all time. A super nostalgic group of songs which instantly take me back. Beautiful melodies and vivid story telling. Just amazing!!

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5

Haven’t listened to it before, despite liking blue. A bit long but it’s worth.

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Just really enjoyed it.

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5

A great album. Every Song slaps - would listen to again

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Def in my top two Blur albums. Love it.

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Modern life IS rubbish. It was a lot better in 1993 with Mr. Blobby, Blind Date and Man Utd about to dominate. The only good thing about life now is online pornography and West Bromwich Albion's mascot, Boilerman. And we haven't been able to even see him for over a year now....apart from in online pornography.

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5

a classic

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5

Nice Blur album. Although the subjects of their songs tend to be relatable (if you're from the UK) and funny, it can sometimes feel like they do not have anything better to sing about.

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Neat Britpop album! No complaints, pretty strong all the way through.

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Blur’s best album.

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I've loved Damon Albarn since I got into the Gorillaz in high school. I listened to Blur a decent amount then to try and "get more of that albarn sound" and honestly didn't like it much, or didn't feel like it stood out (gorillaz are WEIRD, Blur sounds exactly like an indie rock band). But yeah, Modern life is rubbish has a lot of really fresh fun songs. I think the pacing of the album is really great and I love albarn's voice so much.

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5

A fantastic album

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A prefect album from start to finish.

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I own this album, on CD. Bought in the mid-90s I thought it was worth spending a week's allowance on. Having heard it now for the first time in 20+ years, I find myself humming For Tomorrow. For this, and almost this alone, I give the album five. I've got no problem acknowledging when my teenage musical self was "misguided", shall we say, but I just can't here. I came back to this thinking I'd find some egregious examples of crashy Britpop wank... But there isn't. There's just not. It obviously sets up britpop tropes, but each track seems to skirt around the edge of Britpop guff without succumbing. Astonishing. Albarn's vocals fits. Alex James' bass is tight. And the drumming from Dave Rowntree is stellar.

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5

Absolutely triumphant - They really were the best of Britpop

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I read on Blur’s wiki that For Tomorrow was written as a single - and that stood out to me immediately. Very strong start, in my opinion. Also a train on the cover is obviously dope. Also I’m a magical transit child as of now. Overall, I found myself taking notice of bits of songs throughout the whole album, which to me means its catching my interest enough to stick out while I’m working. My rating my also be inflated since I feel like we’ve hit a rut of albums. I could see myself really enjoying some of these songs if I spent more time with the album, which I may or may not do.

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Another cool post-punk pre-alternative album. I thought this one was interesting. There are times when it sounds like Bruce Springsteen, albeit with much different subject matter. It's easy to see the seeds of a lot of the music I grew up with in the 90s in this album. It goes by really fast, but every song is solid 4/5

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Honestly, sounds like it’s about a decade ahead of its time... Solid.

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Great Blur album!

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nice vibes. 4/5

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Good solid UK alt rock. Resigned is beautiful, can hear the gorillaz in there heaps.

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Blur really are a pretty unique band. Great big gold nuggets of pop, it feels incredibly full of poise for a second album.

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Really Great Britpop - some total nonsense storytelling and Damon’s younger voice has so much character.

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This is really good. I had heard of Blur and I'm sure I've heard some of their music but this album was all new to me. Great energy.

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I grew up listening to this album. I'm of the age that it was always questioned and contested who were better "Oasis" or "Blur" As I listened to both at the time, it wasn't really a question. They were both different, one Southern band and one Northern band. Being from the North I was more partial to Oasis, however it can't be stated enough the effort that goes into a band like Blur. Or any project Damon Albarn is working on, frankly. He's a man of passion, determination and creativity. I have great admiration for Blur and Damon

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Pretty good punk-ish indie rock. Not every song is my style, but the general sound of the album is very nice.

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Another Blur album I truly enjoyed! I love their sound. I think it would have been better about 10 minutes shorter, but great album!

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The hymn of modern life. Intermission and outro are great, like the train of life speeding up uncontrollably. Colin Zeal is funny, and could be about me

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Still misses something but a cracking album. Now part of my collection

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Good

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Cynical, snearing with a healthy dose of vulnerability. This one shows Blur probably in their full turn-of-the-century paranoia and misanthropy ("Advert"), mixed with a dose of sensitivity ("Blue Jeans"). Plenty of interesting chord progressions, and the characteristic twists and turns that make Blur messy, good fun. Perhaps not the same towering hits here like in albums like Parklife. Still, a wonderfully solid addition to their catalog, with consistent hooks throughout.

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In those hedonistic early '90s days, I bet Blur never thought their rubbish modern lives would turn out to be fat cheese maker, voice of a cartoon, Labour councilor and a quiet, speccy fella (ok, so Graham hasn't changed much). This album seems to get overlooked for some reason, maybe because it falls between Baggy There's No Otherway Blur and Britpop Parklife Blur. It's up there with their very best work though.

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I really like Blur, they get even better with each album. Nothing sounds quite like Blur, they're very recognisable and interesting, even the songs I don't love are interesting to hear. The sound of Albarn's voice transports me straight back to the 90s, even on their newer stuff, Blur are the 90s in my head. A fun listen.

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So. Long. I'm glad i listened to it. It's not my favorite genre, but it is a fucking vibe and a half and what they do, I feel they do well.

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I've always liked blur and this is a good set up album before Parklife

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this is back when people would recognise them for their musical achievements and not because they finger cheese or bum afrika. does anyone remember the afrika express? damon getting on a train with a load of africans and making some music. like womad on wheels. it had a strong stink of someone who got accused of being racist so went big trying to show everyone how much they like black people. i think he stopped short of wearing a pendant in the shape of africa, but i wouldn't be surprised if he did. this albums better than afrika express. also better than i remember.

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Very enjoyable listen, some underrated tracks such as Sunday Sunday and Oily Water. Just a little too much filler.

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The reason Modern Life Is Rubbish is such a dynamic record and ushered in a new era of British pop is that nearly every song is carefully constructed and boasts a killer melody. Even with its flaws, it's a record of considerable vision and excitement

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A bit too pop to my taste.

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Imam osjećaj da sam ovaj album najviše pokušavao slušati od Blura nakon Parklifea. Sjećam se dosta vožnje vlakom do glavnog kolodvora u ZG pa prelazak u drugi vlak pa za Vrapče, znam da su mi krepale bluetooth sluške pa sam na normalne prešo, ali nisu toliko kvalitetnog zvuka. Album kreće sa odličnom pjesmom For Tomorrow, a na ovom albumu se nalaze još par odličnih stvari kao: Advert, Chemical World, Oily Water, Colin Zeal, Sunday, Sunday. Ne znam, čini mi se da je ovaj album dosta underrated što se tiče Blura.

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Very good, gotta love Damon

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A period in Brit-pop where every band thought they could be the Beatles.

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Gets better after a while

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I have never listened to Blur before but enjoyed this album quite a bit. The range of influence that could be heard throughout was diverse and well incorporated. Overall, a great album

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Very good album!

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Aangenaam Britpop-album met veel leuke liedjes, naar het einde van het album toe zijn de nummers wat trager

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Good to great pop.

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4

Good album by Blur, hadn't heard any of these songs before. Mix of the upbeat high energy tunes you hear from their singles and some melodic jams.

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Their first great album. Like how Blur can sound kind of all over the place and very consistent at the same time. Oily Water is one of my favorite tracks of theirs.

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Favs: Blue Jeans, Pressure on Julian, Oily Water Mehs: Advert Blur is good, JACOB! It has Damon Albarn! Blur is basically the acoustic Gorillaz!

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I like it. I find it curious that I have the greatest hits compilation and none of these songs made it to that compilation. I also have the self titled album so I'm pretty familiar with Blur and I like them. And this album helps me like them more. Every song is good, they have a way with a melody and they sound so British which I love. 4 🌟

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7/10. Honestly pretty good, just resent that Blur made this list more times than Tom Petty

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Really good and unique sonic profile. A little long, which knocks it down from a 5, but Albarn is at a high point here.

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I was wary about this one, going into it. I have discovered I don't care much for Britpop during this project. However, I am a big fan of other work by Albarn, Gorillaz being a particular favorite of mine. Honestly, I liked it a lot! It's not gonna be a new favorite or anything, but it was great hearing him in early spunky years and cool to see an origin of the Britpop sound. I can see why they were basically the face of the genre (along with Oasis).

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Listened a lot when it came out It’s a great record … English as …

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This is such a delight of an album, I genuinely enjoyed every part of it.

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Knew fewer than I expected of the songs, but really enjoyed visiting early 90s London. For tomorrow, chemical world and intermission were top tracks

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Dour

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Being an American, the only Blur songs I have heard are Song 2 and Girls and Boys, neither pulled me into the broader catalog. Although my love for Gorillaz ensures that I appreciate the genius of Damon Albarn, this was the first deep listen for me. I immediately hear the direct offshoot from David Bowie's sound in the opening track "For Tomorrow" and continue to hear influences from bands like the Clash and the Kinks. This album fits perfectly into the evolution of British rock going into the mid-90s as the new wave shimmer disappears into a deep pool of more thoughtful lyricism and heavier psychedelic guitar riffs. Favorite Track: Advert or Oily Water

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Thoroughly enjoyed the music on this album, not so much the vocals.

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Better than I was expecting. Reminded me of The Jam.

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A lot of nostalgia going on and fascinating to see a band on the way to where you know they're going. A few classic tracks here, but still a couple that are dragging their heels.

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Excellent guitar work from Graham Coxon and, as a result, the first Blur album that really establishes their sound.

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Great album. Blur sort of personifies what was good about a lot of pop rock in that era.

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Mistakenly listened to 2 hr version with outtakes. Relistened. Yeh, this is definitely Blur, just without any jaunty hits. I was never big into them - but interesting to hear the 'pre going massive' album. Decent.

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4

pretty fun

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4

Enjoyable album. Few filler tracks on here but feels like an album I could listen to on a Sunday morning

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Lustig dass zwei Tage vorher ein anderes Britpop album war, dass ich ziemlich doof fand. Dieses hier ist das Gegenteil - creativ-innovativ, instrumental abwechslungsreich und unkonventionell, trotzdem total poppig. To-The-Point und UTTERLY BRI-ISH, INNIT? ohne nervig zu sein. macht spaß

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3,75. Sorpresa agradable. Tiene pinta de mejorar con las escuchas. Buen rollo, buenas melodías, y algunos pasajes que llaman mucho la atención. For tomorrow, Colin Zeal y Chemical world mis favoritas de primeras

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90's brit-pop meets grunge. Competent album, but without anything really standing out. But quite a bit of variation. 3.5/4, which I'll round up.

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8/10 really fun album, some parts were pretty proggy, other parts were more just pop stuff but overall a really fun album, favorite song was probably the Intermission after Chemical World, because it’s always a shock to hear a random album you’ve never heard before and be like ‘oh wait, I know this song’ and of course it’s from Baby Driver dude Baby Driver has introduced me to some of the coolest songs I’ve ever heard Edgar Wright sure knows how to make one hell of a playlist

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Pretty similiar to Park Life, which is also a really great and fun album.

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not bad, loathe a double album

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Went into this knowing a few Blur tracks. I didn’t recognize anything on this album though. It’s a good Brit rock album! Blur sounds like they are carrying forward the sort of pop from the British Invasion of the 60s. Its really listenable, catchy music unapologetically British in tone and lyrics. I very much liked listening to this album. The Britpop sound does have shades of the guitar-driven grunge movement of Blur’s contemporaries and some punk influences, but the music is shinier. There’s even a touch of the beer hall vibe in a song like “Sunday Sunday”. I find the songs quite clever in both lyrics and structure. Definitely a keeper here that I’m glad to become acquainted with. Favorite Songs: For Tomorrow, Advert, Chemical World, Sunday Sunday, Coping, Turn It Up

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Before today, all I knew of blur was their song from the Trainspotting soundtrack ("Sing") and the cover of their Leisure album with the lady in the flowered swim cap. I've listened to Modern Life is Rubbish many times today. It was good music to play while I worked, neither annoying nor overly distracting. And the more I listened, the more I liked. And yet, I'm finding blur very hard to pin down. Pretty much all I know for sure about them is they're British. I try not to read about the album before I write my review but I broke that rule today and that did help me make more sense of the album as an attempt to make something distinctively English, taking inspiration from Ray Davies and Paul Weller, after an unpleasant tour of the US. I can hear the essences of The Kinks and The Jam but with a 1990s sensibility, a British response to grunge. I really, really like every song on this album but there's something holding me back from loving it and I don't know what that is yet. I feel like I need more time with it. It's a solid 4 today but I can envision it inching its way up to a 5 eventually.

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I'm not familiar with Blur and after a couple of listens, I guess I like the album enough to keep around for future listens. I guess there is no question that it is Brit pop music here. The tracks had a quaint and non-offensive tone for me. I wasn't really head-over-heels for any track, but the album had me bopping my head enough to end up with a like.

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Pretty good

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I used to love Blur - literally had the T-shirt of this one. 15 year olds are funny though, sounds like a very different album 25 years later. Very morose and often a bit boring. Still some great tracks on there but Damon’s tone sounds as cringeworthy to me now as the idea of writing the names of your favourite band on your bag in TippEx

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-Cool jam bits in "Colin Zeal," "Chemical World," and "Oily Water." I especially liked the ramp up at the end of "Chemical World" -Generally kinda not-that-exciting alt/pop rock. -Weak 4

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As far as britpop goes, Blur is probably the peak for me. Generally speaking it's a genre I don't connect with but these Blur albums are definitely catchy and well-produced.

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4

Better than I was expecting, would listen again.

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4

Excellent

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Their best collection of tunes

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Quite enjoyed this one

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Yes, this is good and it's definitely got a place in the English tradition & development of pop music. But I'm not convinced it's one of the best albums ever.

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4

Blue Jeans and Chemical World are good songs.

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Альбом детства. Очень цельный, по душе :)

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3.75

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Is the title a lie? Maybe a little but the album is anything but rubbish

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I've heard some later blur so this could be interesting. Thoughts: it's really.... English? Like they seem determined to capture the full spectrum of "British rock sounds" from song to song. Some of it sounds beatles-y or maybe the kinks, some queen, the Smiths introspective kinda style, couple of quaint interlude type arrangements from English prog, alt rock like Oasis made huge a few years later, etc. And the lyrics/vocals are hamming it up. It's not too bad though, can't fault the songwriting. Honestly this is a nice one-off listen but it's a bit too English for me to listen to again, it reminds me of summers where you need a jacket. 3/5.

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neat album, but honestly, it was a blur

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I thought this album was perfectly fine. It did seem pretty derivative of some other British rock bands I've heard before. I liked how the album was themed and I thought the lyrics were pretty clever.

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Nifty tunes. I liked the guitar work and the casual feel of it all. 3.5

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Not a huge Damon albarn fan but this one was heavy enough that I was digging it at times

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A truer sentence has never been uttered since

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As said previously, I think my mood influences how receptive I am to listening. Blur wouldn't be my choice of band but this album may grow on me if I were to give it a couple of plays. 2.9/5

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eh

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Pretty decent Britpop album, "Star Shaped" is very catchy but some of the songs end up being just okay

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great piece of 90s britpop, little bit longwinded though but the highlights are great

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Decent album, starts out very strong the first third or quarter but then slows down and ends up being 15-20 minutes too long

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Album was good. Really liked the guitar (electric guitar?) riff on Pressure on Julian.

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British Pop? Mir gefällt der Gesang nicht. Nicht die Qualität, sondern die Energie. Britischer Humor in musikalischer Form? Dafür hör ich wahrscheinlich keine Musik und bin wahrscheinlich gerade (wenn überhaupt irgendwann) nicht in der Stimmung. Ich hör später nochmal weiter. Nee, immer noch abgetan. Musikalisch weiterhin gut, aber der Flair der Stimmen stört mich.

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3.5; great 90s alt rock, bit of psych in there. good fun

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Not too bad. The album is consistently decent throughout, with a few worthwhile standouts, including the album's opener, 'For Tomorrow'. That said, I wouldn't be listening to this album again anytime soon.

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It was no Song #2, but I enjoyed parts of it

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Mix between chill cruising rock music and psychedelic sounding jams. Overall pretty happy and positive vibes.

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Decent Album, Very 90's and while not jaw dropping by any means it was an easy listening album and i listened to both cds and thought they were okay

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Agradable escuchar de nuevo tan rápido Britpop y del bueno, no es ni por asomo el mejor disco de Blur pero ya se comienza a notar el cambio que van a tener. Damon Albarn tuvo que evolucionar mucho durante Blur para llegar a crear lo que es Gorillaz

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strange that this made the list. i didnt recognise any songs

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Blur es de los grupos de britpop que me agradaban, sin embargo en mi opinión mejoraron muchísimo cuando se alejaron del estilo y comenzaron a hacer música en otros estilos e incluso a experimentar (incluso sin tomar en cuenta que todo lo que Damon Albarn hizo en Blur palidece comparado a todo lo que subió al hacer Gorillaz). Incluso de los discos francos de britpop que tienen Parklife es el que se me hace mucho superior al resto y que, seguramente, se encuentra en esta lista. Esto me lleva a cierta reflexión sobre esos sesgos raros de esta lista en cuanto a que, o va a haber demasiados discos de Blur, o se va a centrar en poner algún par centrados a britpop y se va a ignorar cosas como el disco 13 o Think Tank que son mucho más interesantes. Hablando de este disco propiamente, creo es un disco que pocas personas recuerdan realmente (de entrada yo no recordaba el 80% de las canciones a pesar de haberlo tenido en algún momento en mis listas hace años). Nos presenta un pop rock medio psicodélico que hay que decirlo y es muy notorio... es básicamente una copia del sonido de los Kinks. En cuanto a letras lamentándose de la vida moderna cual buen britpop, hablando en varias canciones de esos puntos y costumbres hartamente británicos que a veces cuadran y uno se puede relacionar y a veces simplemente son demasiado locales. En realidad siento que el disco no tiene mucho sobresaliente, pero sí es agradable de escuchar y las canciones terminan siendo buenas. Lo que también es muy cierto es que con una duración de una hora se siente un poco largo y seguro que se podía recortar digamos al menos a 40-45 y se sentiría mucho mejor. Muy buen disco pero en mi opinión para nada un clásico como para estar aquí.

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Ja cool, aber länger als n Tarantino Film - 3

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Nothing really stood out, but in general found some good vibes. Just not my scene. Felt very much like Proto Arctic-Monkeys, which makes sense. Not something I'd put on again by choice, but I respect the influence Blur, and Damon Albarn in particular has had especially with projects like Gorillaz after Blur.

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Album correct, je vois la tendance brit pop et aussi un peu rock. 3.15

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Desde que empieza con "For tomorrow" está claro el sonido Blur. También me ha gustado "Colin Zeal". Interesante y lo volveré a escuchar seguro.

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I liked it.

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eh it's fine. I think I'll be ok only associating Blur with Song 2 and nothing else

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Always been a big Gorillaz guy, but never got into Blur other "Song 2" of course. I didn't dislike anything here but I also never really fully got into it. Really solid catchy alternative songs, and I liked the fact they made this as a stick it to Americanization album. I could see the heart of that Gorillaz "lets play a bunch of styles and see what sticks," ethos. They had some songs that were a little punk, some straight forward rock, and the circus/vaudeville interstitial tracks. Pretty solid album through and through, but if I want Damon Albarn I'll be sticking to Gorillaz.

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I was really excited to listen to this. Don’t know much about Blur, but always hoped they were a slightly more roc version of the Stone Roses - a band I really like. There are moments here, but wasn’t the supercool nugget I was hoping for. That said, I’ll likely dive more deeply into the Blur catalog when I get a chance.

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Signs of things to come but this is no classic

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TRAIN! Enjoy the sound in general, but nothing stands out as one of the top 1001 albums to listen to before you die. Maybe this is an example of the Britpop genre in general. Hidden tracks were a cool bit, especially with Intermission being in Baby Driver (which it fit well). Would be happy to have these tracks come on the radio or a shuffle playlist but wouldnt seek them out. 3.5 but rounding down

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Some good stuff. The vocals kind of wear on me a little.

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Sounds of a time, some of the lesser known tracks were nice surprises.

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Geweldige stem, maar ze moeten hier hun vorm nog een beetje vinden.

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Nog zeker niet zo goed als de latere albums en nog teveel jengelende Brit-pop, maar prima aan te horen.

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Super 90s uk alt rock album

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prefer later Blur, this is not quite there yet

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Favourite Songs: Pressure on Julian & SundaySunday

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Creo que está bien, pero no sé, algo no me convence de este estilo de música. :(

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Never heard of blur but enjoyed the album. Gave me the shins vibes at points

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some good tunes on this like for tomorrow, advert, colin zeal, star shaped, and blue jeans... the rest left a bit to be desired though. i'm definitely gonna check out the rest of their discography soon.

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Some nice songs but very generic indie. Nothing particularly interesting.

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It's ok, but a bit forgettable. Nothing really notable that stands out, but nothing bad about it either, easy to listen to.

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Eh, this album is okay. Nothing great, nothing terrible. A couple of tracks stand out. My favorite is the second half of Chemical World.

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I’m starting to wonder if there are any good albums on this list.

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Por fin un album dentro de mi círculo de comfort (hace rato que no tocaba uno). 3/5

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Rocks more than I remember, is absolutely bursting with ideas. Def announced them as a major band, albeit an almost alienatingly british band, but is overlong and not as great as their albums eventually get despite having some excellent canonical highlights

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Meandering

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Brit pop has always been fun to me. Grew up through the explosion, so listened to a lot of Blur pre-Song 2 infamy. This one is alright. Fairly straightforward, nothing pushing the boundaries like Parklife did, which is still one of my favourite Blur tracks. Enjoyable to listen to. Nostalgic for me.

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Very XTC. Way too long. Decent. 6/10

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At least double the last album... more like 3.2 - 3.5

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This was the album before Blur got good. It's all a bit derivative. A pound shop Ray Davies.

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This Blur album didn’t do as much for me as the other. Damn. Still ok though.

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3.5

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It's good, has essence of gorillaz, no hits on this album tho

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it was okay!!!! i struggle a bit with this side of damon albarns work. but was good!!!

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It's hard to explain, but however this album and "Parklife" have just 1 year of difference, this album is far away from the quality that I got listening to "Parklife". The album itself is fun. They have a lot of good experimentation and the songs are fine.

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I liked this marginally more than Parklife, but it has the same issue where parts of it sound like they were intentionally designed to be obnoxious. 6/10

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3/5 enormous album, but didn't make the cut.

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Helt ok

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listened 3 out of 5 - mix bag

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This is not one of the Blur albums that I had previously listened to start to finish. I knew the singles and they hold up. I enjoyed the tracks that were new to me but, it was a week ago that I listened to this record, and I have already forgotten them all.

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I've been interested in checking out more Blur for a while because British TV shows have led me to believe that the band was much more popular in the UK. I thought it was fine, but didn't love the style.

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Blur to long but not that bad

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Ok. I preferred the great escape

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I was hoping for a bit more out of this one, especially after my exposure to britpop earlier on the list. It's not bad, and Sunday Sunday was giving me Supergrass vibes(I Should Coco which came out 2 years later than this album), which I really liked. But, overall as an album I found it a bit uninspiring and homogeneous. Might be my favorite album cover though!

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Nicht meine Blut-Phase

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Chemical world is a banger but cant save the whole album

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3.5 Stars. Pretty dynamic pop rock record with really nice melodies throughout the album. The songwriting is really strong in this album; the lyrics reflect social satires and commentary on his "hatred" for life, as the title suggests. The album is an hour long, and the second half does fall off a bit for me. Favorite tracks: For Tomorrow, Colin Zeal, Star Shaped, Sunday Sunday, Villa Rosie.

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Classic rock album, Fav songs Chemical World, Blue Jeans, For Tomorrow

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6/10

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6/10

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Very care free

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a blend of sex pistols and the smiths that works well in some places, but falls quite short in others

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Not my favorite

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The first britpop album from Blur, though not their debut album. By the time Leisure came out in 1990, Blur was already late to the niche and dwindling "Baggy" or "Madchester" scene (see: The Stone Roses). As such, Blur's debut did poorly, along with live shows and touring. Down, out, and discouraged, the band regrouped for a new sound and image inspired by the success of Suede. This would be the band's first of many contributions to the brand new genre of britpop. It is explicitly riff-driven pop. Pretty good songs but only the opening track is worth opining about for the most part.

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I think this got an extra star merely in comparison with the last blur album we had (we had one right?) which I remember being not nearly as listenable. For all I know I gave that one three stars too though. 🤷‍♀️

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another enjoyable but not stand out album by Blur, song do get into my head though. 3.3

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Very disappointed. Have listened to quite a lot of Blur but mostly Parklife onward. Was surprised on how unremarkable all this sounded. 2.5/5

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maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but at least we've moved on from indie and Britpop

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This snotty Junior Kinks album is pretty great, you know.

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Toffe listen maar niet iets waar ik direct terug naar ga komen

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zaten aantal leuke dingen tussen maar i kvoelde hem niet

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First time listening to Blur proper. Not bad for what it is but definitely too long for its own good.

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Tepid Brit pop

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bored

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I enjoyed this time with 90s Britpop. It didn't seem to get played in the US then as much as it deserved. I definitely would like to spend more time with Blur, and I think my appreciation would grow. I definitely enjoyed its connection to classic British pop.

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For me a typical britpop record, some uptempo songs which are nice and some whiney ballads. I like other blur albums better

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B side is so much better than A. Like its not even the same album. Still an eh album. Very forgettable

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Meh.

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Was ok

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“An energised, infectious romp around contemporary little England, by way of an exuberant trawl through a highly-coloured patchwork of its pop past.”

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Actually kind of good.

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4th February 2022 Listened throughout the day before going out in the evening to see Jackass with sav and Steve. Enjoyed parts of this, Damon Albarn drawls his way through with some nice nods to the whimsy of some classic UK rock (Who, Queen etc)

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initial thoughts: feels very nostalgic for I time I can appreciate, but was no present for. they have the psychedelic british pop rock sound on lock fav. off album: blue jeans or chemical world

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3.5* Favorite songs: Oily Water, Miss America

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I've really never listened to a full Blur album before. Not bad.

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Its okay but not my fav

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Good album with good songs in it, just not all were good and there were 1 or 2 not good songs, still had a couple great ones

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Blur’s 2nd album. Very Blur. But v average vs Parklife…

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Not as good as that other Blur album, but Chemical World is great. 6.5/10.

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Great, but surprisingly dated already.

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Pretty good. 3/5

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Phew! That was long. Good, but too much I think

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I guess this is "British Pop Punk?" Not awful, but not much memorable here either. Another middle of the road offering.

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Pas mauvais, mais rien de mémorable après ma première écoute. Du bon rock Britannique. J'aime bien la pochette. Probablement que si j'avais eu mi-vingtaine à la sortie de cet album, c'est quelque chose que j'aurais acheté. Je vais sûrement y revenir puisque j'aime bien les projets de Damon Albarn et je ne connaissais pas cet album de Blur.

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Jamais écouté du Blur, je les ai toujours mélangé avec oasis J'appréhendais mais je suis agréablement surpris. Très influencé early pink floyd dans les mélodie de voix, c'est pas linéaire, il se passe des choses dans l'instrumentation, les effets, la réalisation, la bass est pas plate elle a sa propre ligne et ne fait pas juste doubler la guit genre. Si je m'attendais à entendre du hautbois?? Pas du tout😆 J'ai catché plus tard dans l'album que c'était le dude de Gorillaz... je ne les mélangerai plus avec oasis. Ah ! pis oily water : karkwa n'écoutais pas juste du radiohead finalement😅 (blague j'aimais bien Karkwa quand même)

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Boring

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Always been more of an Oasis man. This album has not changed that

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Blur just isn't my favorite. There's some cool songwriting here, but I don't care for their sound.

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nem sei se ouvi

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6/10 Best song - For Tomorrow

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Enjoyable. I see more of their influences having listened to 300 albums of old rock now due to this project.

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Never heard it in detail before this but tunes out it’s quite nice, I mean, it did not turn into my favorite Blur record but now I like it more

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Classic. But I find it draggy at times.

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I'm not even sure what I want to say. It started off with a bang. I really liked For Tomorrow. The rest of the album, however, just catches me off guard. It's not bad, but I can't find myself listening again when I'm getting my face slapped every second half of each song when Blur decides to go really hard on the music. The intermission in Chemical World is insanity. You're starting to feel it but Blur does not let you absorb any of it. They just keep going and have the climax be its end. Genuinely surprised. Highlights: For Tomorrow, Colin Zeal, Sunday Sunday, Villa Rosie

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it's blur..meh... nothing awful, some catchy tunes, but ultimately nothing stand out

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annoying omg

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Not feelin it

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Was hoping for the high level of songs like song 2 and the like but never really got going

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Nunca fui muy fan de Blur y no creo que este sea su disco más interesante. Leí la historia de cuando lo grabaron y me dio expectativas altas de que podría tener algunas joyas, pero la verdad es que no. Por mí, para oír a Blur, tiene que ser un disco de éxitos y a la mitad ya estuvo.

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Me tomé mi tiempo escuchando este disco, tratando de asegurar que la calificación correcta. Probablemente estoy siendo muy rudo, pero si me preguntaran si podría vivir sin volver a escuchar este disco, la respuesta sería que si. Sé que es un disco muy importante tanto como para Blur como para el Britpop, pero me pareció un poco aburrido. Quizá se debe a que lo escucho desde un futuro donde conozco mejores canciones del grupo y del género. La canción que más me agradó fue Blue Jeans y la única que conservé para quizá escucharla después.

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Meh 90s alt rock

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Just not very entertaining or catchy. A bit long and nothing i would really turn back to.

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Unlike the other Blur album (Blur), this one is just so incredibly boring and generic. Some more truly bland replacement-level rock. Starting to think this list didn't need to be 1001 albums long

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Blur are just meh!

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Not sure about this, it's ok but there are far better blur albums.

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uh, no thanks, it's like a less charming/instrumentally overwhelming/cacaphonic beatles experience

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Algunas canciones sobresalen, pero en general da bastante pereza escucharlo ahora. Qué cosas.

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Wel geluisterd, maar kwam niet echt binnen. Niet het goede moment. Maar sowieso ook nooit echt mijn band geweest.

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Behalve song 2 nooit veel aan gevonden. Dit album maakt geen verschil.

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Meh

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Nee, ik vond het totaal niet spannend of leuk om naar te luisteren

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Guitarreo a diestro y siniestro. Sonido plano. Sin más.

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Gotta admit I didn't listen to all of this but yeh I get it it's Blur.

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I would strongly disagree that this is one of the best albums of all time.

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Didn't do much for me and had nothing that really stood out. Best track: Chemical World (+ Intermission)

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Meh. On paper I should love this.

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OK.

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Good. Not excited about it.

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Modern life is indeed rubbish much like most of this album apart from the first song. I’d rather be violated by a horse than have to listen to it in its entirety again. Maybe some Phil Daniels vocals would improve it. He was always my favourite from blur. Such a shame he only appeared on one song.

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Me encantó el disco pero OH-POR-DIOS NO SE TERMINA MAS. Blur me parece una banda mega sobrevalorada. Estoy segurisimo que inventaron un monton de cosas pero no se. Los re iria a ver en vivo pero siento que escucharlos activamente es algo que nunca pude hacer mas allá de un greatest hits. Si me gusta el detalle que tiene cada tema, soniditos bien separados y distinguibles. Las letras que se yo... Se me habrá pasado la edad? Igual larga vida a Damon Albarn. No hace falta explicar por qué.

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"Chem World" is catchy and the little wonky piano ditty seems like a window into Albarn's Gorillaz output. However, there are alot of mediocre tunes on here which leads to a tiring listen on this overly length album. 🌟🌟

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I like Blur, but this was just 'ok'. It reinforces my impression that they are a great 'singles' band, but not so great in terms of albums. Lets wait and see if 'Parklife' changes my mind... 2.5/5

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I listened to this very seldom in my Blur phase, and now I understand why I didn't remember it. The songs are bland. I feel they developed some of the ideas present here more effectively in later albums.

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Meh, there wasn't anything on this album that impressed me.

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This album was just bland to me. I haven't been exposed to much Blur, but I thought they were better than this.

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Ну такое

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This album really makes you feel like modern life is rubbish. Vocals sound like dog water and the album was just long enough to give me a headache. 4/10

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I've always been like Marvin in "Pulp Fiction" when it came to the great Blur vs. Oasis debate. Man, I don't even have an opinion. And then one day John Travolta accidently shot me in the face, and I've been opinionated ever since. They're both overrated, but Oasis wins major points for "Wonderwall" alone. "Wonderwall" is a stone cold classic. And after getting a few of their albums from this list, it's become clear that Blur doesn't have a song of that caliber in their catalog. The best thing about this album is that it doesn't have "Song 2", perhaps Blur's best known song that could be charming if it wasn't so annoying. And this album is just trying a little too hard to be interesting. I enjoyed the hidden instrumental track, and the Rod Stewart cover on the reissue wasn't horrible.

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Ugh - not aged well

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I dunno, man, I consider myself a bit of an anglophile, musically and I like the specific "British-ness" of the Kinks and Pulp and other groups, but something about Blur is just a bit much for me.

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Nervt mich sehr

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With how mythologized Blur is it's kind of shocking how little this did for me. Maybe because this is an earlier effort... I don't know. I would have to justify a three pretty hard so I'm giving it a two - mainly because of how revered this band is.

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Did not like

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I wasn't amazed by it at all. It's perfectly in the middle of the road but I kinda hoped for more.

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Another day, another Britpop album! Surely you don't have to hear ALL of them before you die... admittedly this album was better than some others in the genre. My top pick is 'Blue Jeans', a nice slow song for a change, but I also liked the opening track 'For Tomorrow'.

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Not my favorite.

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Eh.

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Not my usual thing but found myself getting into it. Bit of a lengthy one though

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blur is rubbish

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I’ll tell you what is rubbish, Suede. And being that Blur were somehow losing a competition with Suede is embarrassing, yet here we are. Attention r/agedlikemilk: Blur’s Damon Albarn thought the popularity of grunge would soon fade. With a take like that, it’s no wonder that this album is also rubbish. I find the music boring and the vocals too.

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I would have told you before we embarked on this journey that I liked Blur. Somehow I owned a Blur album that I liked (neither one we have had so far have been it) but it turns out that growing up has meant moving on from Blue. While this album was better than the last one, it is still very hit or miss. The hits aren't good enough and the misses are too big for it to break even.

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I think maybe Blur needed someone to tell them that they didn't have to record every song that they wrote. The Beatles were an incredibly prolific band, churning out hit after hit on an at-least-yearly basis in the 60s. But Blur is not the Beatles. So when they released 4 albums in 5 years from '93-'97, the result was a lot of songs, a few of which are great, a bunch of which are kind of ok, and too many of which are intolerable. It's also a sign of a band that didn't quite have their musical identity nailed down. "Modern Life is Rubbish" got off on the wrong foot with "For Tomorrow," jumping right in with exactly the type of vocals that turns me off of Blur and many other Britpop and new wave bands. But personally being distinctly non-British, maybe I just don't get it. Because England loved Blur, and also loved this song. "In this period the band had gone on a tour of the US which they greatly detested, especially as the country was the home of grunge and audiences were not receptive to their music," according to Wikipedia. "After that tour lead singer Damon Albarn started to write songs with a very British feel." But see, I hate this song. A clear one star. And the stuff that sounds grungier on the album is much preferred. "Advert" is a little better, once you get past the annoying intro. "Colin Zeal" has a great sound and arrangement, but the lyrics feel more suited to synthy early 80s new wave. "Star Shaped" is another low point. I could go on, but it would be too depressing. And the thing is, almost every song has some little bit of brilliance in it. Either a great lick from Graham Coxon, or Damon Albarn actually using his voice in an interesting way. But they don't sustain the brilliance. It's always just barely, painfully, fleeting.

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A let down, more like 'this album is rubbish'. Thought this album would be better. There were a few songs that I liked but this basically confirms I come out on the Oasis side of the ledger.

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I was indifferent to Blur when I was growing up and I’m still indifferent to them after listening to ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’. There are some good individual songs and moments on here, and the album is perfectly decent, but at almost an hour run-itme it feels too long due to the unusually flat production and the lack of any real, interesting variation in a lot of the songs.

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Solo me gustan Oily Water y Miss America.

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I might be missing something. All the songs on this (very long) album sound the same, and they're all boring. At one point I thought there was something good going on but then it turned out to be a bad cover of "Maggie May". Nothing egregiously terrible but nothing to make me want to listen to it either.

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Meh. Not the best blur album - and a bit overlong with very few standouts - my favourite turns out to be the delightfully demented intermission

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fair

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This album was rubbish. I did not know any of the songs and nothing was memorable. No need to listen to again.

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Too long. Couldn't finish

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One of my least favourite albums by one of my least favourite britpop acts

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Nem reconheci nenhuma música.

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Fine. Not offensive. Just there.

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Like Damon Albarn and Gorrilaz. Had a hard time getting into this album

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1st listen I can't tell if the album is good or just annoying. I like a few of the songs, I think I need more time getting to know it. 2.5/5

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Had it not been for the song "Turn It Up" I probably would have given this one star

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Y’a du bon, y’a beaucoup de beige. Ils essaient fort d’éviter les progressions clichées. L’album ne réussi pas à garder mon intérêt jusqu’à la fin.

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This is 59 minutes of the woohoo band not doing the woohoo song. Generic and boring, except for a couple of occasions where they go out of their way to be aggressively irritating. Does not belong anywhere near a list of essential music. Best track: Villa Rosie (the junior woohoo song)

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Feels very dated. Some 80s sounds, but slower. Nothing interesting.

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This album must be modern life because it's rubbish, innit? Not exactly, but two Blur albums is enough to tell me I'm not really a fan. I just don't find much on here exciting or worth revisiting. It's some middle of the road modern-y British rock with a few quirks. I can't really say it's bad, but it's definitely not for me. Favorite tracks: Blue Jeans, Resigned. Album art: Splendid painting of a train, lads. Best part of the album sadly. 2/5

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Enjoyable but forgettable...also, sometimes it isn't modern life that's rubbish but a constant stream of UK rock bands

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Interesting…liked this group

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Best Song: Chemical World. Like a spooky children's party descending into madness. Worst Song: Colin Zeal. Lots of sustained vocal notes to make sure you're acutely aware that these fellas can't sing. Overall: An album that almost seems designed to annoy. Take the guitar flutter on Oily Water. I'm all for variant or raw musical styles, but with headphones this just sounds like the onset of a migraine. And sure, the album hits these nice instrumental rock grooves every so often, but those are offset by the times when anyone here is singing. Like many of the British bands from this era, one I think would have been better off as strictly instrumental.

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I've never been into Blur all that much and this album just reinforces that fact. It's mostly average/boring to me. I didn't hate it, though.

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Modern Life is rubbish indeed

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More like this album is rubbish

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I still like that one blur song but I really just wasn't that into it. Also why does this list have to be SO INTENSELY MASUCLINE. If there's no t-swift or gaga on here I'm pissed. Ya'll are making me listen to multiple springsteen albums...

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Mai havia escoltat sencer aquest àlbum, sempre m'havia centrat en els singles de Blur, i crec que l'únic disc sencer que havia escoltat d'ells és "The great escape". Comença una mica Bowie, molt pop anglès, deixant definides les que seran les senyes d'identitat de la banda anglesa. Però després es va perdent... Es nota que encara és un àlbum dels inicis, indefinit i caòtic. No m'estranya que fracassés en el seu moment perquè li falta cohesió i singles potents. A més va ser publicat al 1993, en plena efervescència dels Suede (que es convertirien en els seus grans rivals, juntaments amb Oasis) i del grunge americà. En aquest context, era impossible que un àlbum com aquest trobés espai per popularitzar-se. L'escolta se m'ha fet pesada, i em sorprèn que aquest àlbum estigui a la llista, quan els Blur publicaran després obres molt més rodones i interessants.

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2h20 de album, bah. não ouvi inteiro

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Couldn't finish. Way to long and trying to hard to be the beetles

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This album is rubbish is more like it. I’m so meh on blur and listening to this just reinforces that.

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This Album Is Rubbish!

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Not for me

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About half way though and I am not enjoying this. The music is giving my anxiety for some reason. Second half was better. Still didn't really like this album.

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Not my style

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booo britpop

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N0T 4 M3

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I have this problem with a lot of Blur stuff, but it is really bland and uninteresting. Their albums don't seem to have their own sounds or directions. Nothing interesting or creative, just guitars.

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