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Modern Life Is Rubbish

Blur

1993

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Modern Life Is Rubbish
Album Summary

Modern Life Is Rubbish is the second album by the English alternative rock band Blur, released in May 1993. Although their debut album Leisure (1991) had been commercially successful, Blur faced a severe media backlash soon after its release, and fell out of public favour. After the group returned from an unsuccessful tour of the United States, poorly received live performances and the rising popularity of rival band Suede further diminished Blur's status in the UK. Under threat of being dropped by Food Records, for their next album Blur underwent an image makeover championed by frontman Damon Albarn. The band incorporated influences from traditional British guitar-pop groups such as the Kinks and the Small Faces, and the resulting sound was melodic and lushly produced, featuring brass, woodwind and backing vocalists. Albarn's lyrics on Modern Life Is Rubbish use "poignant humour and Ray Davies characterisation to investigate the dreams, traditions and prejudices of suburban England", according to writer David Cavanagh.Modern Life Is Rubbish was a moderate chart success in the UK; the album peaked at number 15, while the singles taken from the album charted in the Top 30. Applauded by the music press, the album's Anglocentric rhetoric rejuvenated the group's fortunes after their post-Leisure slump. Modern Life Is Rubbish is regarded as one of the defining releases of the Britpop scene, and its chart-topping follow-ups—Parklife and The Great Escape—saw Blur emerge as one of Britain's leading pop acts.

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  • Rock
  • Britpop
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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

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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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

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

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Mon Dec 21 2020
3

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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Fri Aug 20 2021
1

Too long and too boring. This album is rubbish.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
1

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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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

classic britpop origins album

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

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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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

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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Tue Aug 22 2023
2

Modern Life Is Rubbish by Blur is kinda like oatmeal - its food, but nobody really wants it. 2.5/5

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

"People talk about this trilogy of Modern Life is Rubbish, Parklife and The Great Escape... we didn't plan it that way" - Graham Coxon "It was, kind of, the birth of what became known as the modern Blur" - Dave Rowntree Getting rid of the baggy aesthetic that was forced upon them by their record label, Blur looked forward whilst looking back in the creation of their first great album. Anglophile musings and seething resentment of the downtrodden grunge movement spurred Blur to craft pop songs that dealt with esoteric characters and everyday dealings of life and that path would sustain (and define) them as they became the biggest band in Britain. Modern Life is Rubbish? It still is.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

A great album with some of my favourite Blur tracks on it: Blue Jeans, Miss America, Oily Water, Chemical World, For Tomorrow. Still sounds fantastic

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Mon Feb 13 2023
5

One of the first and best Britpop records and maybe my favourite Blur album. It's got all the things I like about Blur - plaintive melancholy, guitar rockers, fun pop songs- without any of the annoying mockney stuff that were part of their next two records. Plenty of gems, For Tomorrow, Star Shaped, Chemical World and (bestest) Blue Jeans for example

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Thu Dec 21 2023
5

I love this album. I've played it too much, really. Kicks in with strength, attitude and satire with For Tomorrow ...and just continues in an excellent vein. Great music, good songs, nice delivery. I like the cover, too. An album that is everything good about the early '90s in music. I prefer this to the more catchy, poppy Parklife that came afterwards. It's also more coherent than Leisure, and much more the sound Blur hit upon as their own. It's on a par with The Great Escape, two albums later. It's pleasant to hear Blur before the heroin kicked in - although their two grungy albums are very strong, too, especially the amazing '13'.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
5

Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish This is blur's second studio album. Before they started working on this album, they were about to be dropped from their record label To help recoup money owed they went on a tour of the US. It was an extremely long and arduous tour and the band was extremely homesick and just sick of the United States. Damon Albarn, decided on that tour that this album would be a modern take on the Kinks and other pop band from the UK. The result is an album that has the humor and sound of a Ray Davies (Kinks) album. While most know song 2 from their next album or Damon's other musical project, Gorillaz, this album is what led to that journey. 5/5

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Tue May 14 2024
5

I only got a pound a week pocket money in 1994, so I bought this on cassette instead of Parklife (which I taped off my mate's copy, but I was so jealous of the art and the chords inside...). My lack of funds made a great choice for me. This is the best they did that Kinks style observational stuff in their career - it started moving towards parody on the next two albums.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

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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Mon Jun 12 2023
3

Modern Life is Dull... Just like this album. Little intrigue or diversity of sound and the runtime is much much too long

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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

Not really interesting, some parts remind me of bowie

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Tue Feb 02 2021
2

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

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Sun Jun 06 2021
2

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

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Mon Nov 27 2023
2

holy fuck british you’re fucking british you’re so bloody fucking important shut the fuck up not everything you do is iconic. god fucking fucking fuck. enough with the stupid accent!!!! 33 songs are you serious? i skipped them all after the first chorus. rubbish.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
1

I find this noisy and irritating. Sometimes the lyrics are interesting, but the overall impression is that I hear a person mildly shouting while instrumental noises cycle around. I try to relegate it to the background while I'm doing something else until something in me declares "Please stop!"

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

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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Thu Sep 03 2020
5

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

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

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Def in my top two Blur albums. Love it.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

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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Mon Jul 26 2021
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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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

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

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

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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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

A prefect album from start to finish.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

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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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Absolutely triumphant - They really were the best of Britpop

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Best album of Blur? Blur is not in the same league as the Auteurs, Pulp or Suede.. but this album turns out to be just as strong as I remembered (it just needed a few extra spins and un-comparison with the Gun Club album from the day before) and it even does not include Popscene...

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

My Favourite Blur Album and their best in my opinion. Others have better tracks or were more revered or sold more. From memory this one didn't fare too well at the time so it is nice to see it recognised

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

One of my all time favourites. Villa Rosie gets me every time.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Well this is one brilliant album but it’s definitely blurs most front loaded album as I love the whole run from for tomorrow to oily water then Miss America onwards is just a drop in quality. Blur overload their albums anyway this just gets a 5/5.

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

Really cool variation of songs. Loved it

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Fri Feb 10 2023
5

This was a good listen. Probably the most uncomplicated, accessible album I have had. When I say uncomplicated, I definitely don't mean lyrics-wise. They are sharp and clever and the music is so catchy. Will listen again!

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Tue Feb 21 2023
5

Brilliant, as both of its successors

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Thu Mar 23 2023
5

Good. I've already been through this discography.

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Fri Jun 23 2023
5

Brilliant, best Blur album by far. 5 / 5 stars.

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Fri Jun 23 2023
5

Favourite blur album. Full of quality hook laden tunes. Love Blue Jeans

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Wed Jul 12 2023
5

well the score 1:0 in favor of damon albarn

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Sun Sep 17 2023
5

Blur is everything I loved about alternative British music in the Eighties. This album doesn't disappoint.

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Sun Oct 01 2023
5

i liked parklife by these guys and i like this album too :)

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Thu Nov 16 2023
5

This is basically where it all started. The birthplace of what was to become the great, big battle of the 90’s British music scene. Blur are at times leaning noticeably closer to a rougher and more heavy guitar driven style on Modern Life Is Rubbish - and I’m all here for it. While songs like “For Tomorrow” and “Chemical World”, “Oily Water” stand out, there’s not a single bad track on this monster of a record. Parklife might be the quintessential Blur album. But this is their best.

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Fri Dec 29 2023
5

Diverse, interesting tracklist. Fun to hear a song from "Baby Driver" on the set.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
5

I finally listened to Blur last year, ran through their discography and this was my favorite!

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Fri Jan 26 2024
5

an early masterpiece by a band who’ve lived there ever since

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Tue Feb 27 2024
5

Wow - It is interesting to think that this was released the year that Pablo Honey was. I can hear some "pre-The Bends" vibes here. Beautiful harmonies, great musicalization, and solid production. I had listened to some of these songs before but had not gone through the entire album. It is a fantastic work. No fillers. Great bridge between the "madchester" Blur and the "britpop" Blur. I love it.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
5

Britpop! Hurra! Parklife är ju bland det bästa som hänt 90-talet. Älskar denna skiva från första sekund till sista. Chemical World är en pärla. Damon Albarns röst blir aldrig tråkig att lyssna på. La-la-la-la osv

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Sun Mar 31 2024
5

A perfect brit pop album that combined the links, the jam and XTC in a modern context with killer guitar.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

I like Blur, Damon Albarn is a great musician.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
5

Can’t be objective here. No apologies.

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Wed May 22 2024
5

Without Blur maybe I wouldn’t even be doing this 1001 albums challenge - I’m very grateful for this band. I’d known some of their songs from the late 1990s from my teenager years but then later I was into only 60s and 70s music. Until one day, I found a video with a song from their debut album, ’Leisure’, and that was the moment I started listening to all of their albums and got into them. I opened my ears and my mind, and I discovered many other bands from the 1990s, and I also started listening to a lot of stuff from the 1980s and 00s, as well. For these reasons I’m not unbiased when it comes to Blur. ’Modern Life is Rubbish’ is the second album by them – after their pretty average, baggy debut album they went touring the US, which made Damon Albarn homesick and tired of American culture and the music scene. They returned to the UK and made this quintessential English album which was *the* original britpop album that started it all. Albarn has great sense for storytelling and melancholia, the 60s influences (particularly The Kinks) are felt strongly. They made an album full of accessible, well written rock, with strong hit songs (For Tomorrow, Sunday Sunday, Chemical World), and no less great other songs (Blue Jeans, Oily Water, and my personal favorite, Resigned, just to name a few). 'Parklife' may be the most commercially successful album of the trifecta, but ’Modern Life is Rubbish’ is more genuine, it shows the zeitgeist of the era perfectly, and it's the most original britpop album in their catalogue. Objectively, this album would be a bit less than 5, but I’m rounding it up to the perfect 5, since here are no half stars.

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Wed Jun 05 2024
5

I've listened to this album before, and my initial feeling upon seeing it on here was excitement. Nonetheless, I tried to listen to it with fresh ears. For Tomorrow is a standout song on this album. It really sounds like something that could've been released in the late 60's. This is a common trend throughout the album, with several of the songs having a similarly retro soundscape. Yet this album isn't so easily pinned down. There's retro, but there's also plenty of 90's style pop rock to enjoy. It's a dynamic album overall (a trait that is very important for me to truly enjoy an album). I guess the band faltered in popularity after their first album, so they really poured their soul into making something special with their sophomoric effort. It really shows. There's a lot of heart here.

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Thu Jun 06 2024
5

Schyssta låtar rakt igenom. Unikt och intressant utan att bli jobbigt. Vet inte vad mer jag kan säga men något mer än såhär kräver jag inte av en skiva.

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Wed Jun 12 2024
5

The album that started Britpop. Basically sounds like a week in the life of your average Brit in 1993. Light-heartedly cynical at every turn and full of wry smiles and nods to the British way of life. Not to mention the work of a master songwriter and a genius guitarist, in Albarn and Coxon, beginning to find their feet as a creative force that would influence and lead the whole Britpop movement. And it's just a fantastic record from start to finish.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

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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Mon May 03 2021
4

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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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

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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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Creo que no conocía realmente ninguna canción y aunque ninguna me brincó realmente, es un disco muy agradable para escuchar y disfrutar completo. 3.5 estrellas que suben porque sí lo volvería a escuchar.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

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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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

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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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

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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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

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

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

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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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

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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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

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

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

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

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

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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Fri May 28 2021
4

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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