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Blur

Blur

1997

Blur

Album Summary

Blur is the fifth studio album by the English rock band Blur, released on 10 February 1997 by Food Records. Blur had previously been broadly critical of American popular culture and their previous albums had become associated with the Britpop movement, particularly Parklife, which had helped them become one of Britain's leading pop acts. After their previous album, The Great Escape, the band faced media backlash and relationships between the members became strained. Under the suggestion of the band's guitarist, Graham Coxon, the band underwent a stylistic change, becoming influenced by American indie rock bands such as Pavement. Recording took place in London as well as in Reykjavík, Iceland. Drummer Dave Rowntree described the music on the album as being more aggressive and emotional than their previous work. Producer Stephen Street claimed that lead singer-songwriter Damon Albarn had started writing about more personal experiences while Coxon revealed that listening to his lyrics it was clear to him that "he'd obviously gone off his head a bit more". Despite worries from Blur's label, EMI, and the music press that the change in style would alienate the band's predominantly teenage fanbase and that the album would flop as a result, Blur, as well as lead single, "Beetlebum", reached the top of the UK charts and the album was certified platinum. The album also reached the top 20 in six other countries. The success of "Song 2" led to Blur becoming the band's most successful album in the US where the Britpop scene had been largely unsuccessful. The album received positive reviews from most music critics, many praising the stylistic change as well as Albarn's songwriting. This is the last album to featured longtime producer Stephen Street, until his return for The Magic Whip (2015).

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Rating

3.38

Votes

4393

Genres

  • Rock
  • Britpop
  • Indie
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5

Just what I needed to hear right now. Sounds like they are really having fun in the studio with this one. Love how Blur can be kind of all over the place soundwise and yet it still feels like a cohesive album. Like it could be a soundtrack to a movie, having to cover this whole broad range of moods/emotions/tones for different scenes. Something to aspire to in my opinion. To me, in the 90s (and only in the 90s), Blur is the silver to Radiohead's gold in the arena of British rock music. And while I do think Radiohead is ultimately the greater band on many levels, I feel Blur is somewhat more versatile and that counts for something. Listened to special edition with bonus tracks.

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Beetlebum is probably Blur’s finest moment and one of the best songs of the decade. The stabbing guitar, liquid bass line, heavy drum sound playing over the outro is sublime. Song 2 will always be a classic, thrilling track. But for me the rest of the album just doesn’t hold up. I like that they moved in a different direction and the intent with sonic experimentation was fine but it just doesn’t work overall. Some songs rip off Pavement; some rip off Bowie; some rip off old Blur (Look Inside America is a slowed down Country House!). And Damon … as a frontman, I’ve never been convinced he’s enjoying being a rock star. There’s an archness, a distance, a sneer in his lyrics and vocals that at times disconnects me from the music. He’s singing songs about his observances of life around him; he’s at his best when he’s singing from the heart. I want to like this album more but it’s not for me.

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This album was heavily promoted and toured so it's no wonder why they chose to place this Blur album on the list. However, there are other, read BETTER, albums by this band and I'm not even a big fan. Song 2 is most notoriously used pretty much whenever your favorite team scores a goal or cuts to a commercial break, but even then it's only about a three second blip. Some may not know that this was originally used in the blockbuster (I use that term loosely) epic Starship Troopers. Listening to this more than twenty years later, the album is a chore to get through, even Look Inside America, the song that IMO was underutilized on the airwaves lacks luster today. To make matters worse, the 'special edition' which is hard to avoid on Spotify includes more than two hours of material. It burns a little to say, but even with some background on the band, it's difficult to get into this album. The long drawn out repetitions and the lyrics delivered with phone-it-in laziness is a huge turn off. The success of this album relies too heavily on the fans of previous work. I can't imagine what it's like listening to this for the first time. Hugely disappointing.

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Blur is a band I've only heard a few songs of but always wanted to dig a bit deeper into. Song 2 I've heard a ton of, it sounds so 90s and captures that Nirvana-esque angst. I heard the rest of their stuff is a bit different, and so far I'm liking it! Some really cool guitar stuff on this album too. Like that stuttery-effect on M.O.R. and the glitch guitar on On Your Own. I also like the singalong/gang vocals a lot. Reminds me a bit of some of our RCE energy actually. "Movin' On" 2:42 sounds just like the Atari Punk Console from our songs! It might be a super fuzzed out guitar though, hard to know! "Essex Dogs" intro with the drums coming in is siiick. It has the same Hot Team synth glide! This song even has a long freaky guitar part. I love this one. On the Special Edition, some of the b-sides definitely sound jammy like Hot Team do. If Blur used a drum-machine instead of live drums, I think you could make a case that RCE ripped off Blur. This album is just fun energy, but has some interesting technical things going on as well.

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Bilge

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5

Just the classic britpop come-down album. Amazing!

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5

Album da músicA YUUUUHUULLL

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5

Damon so good. Been a while since I’ve peeped thix

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5

10/5 stars. I haven't listened to this album in probably 15 years. Good music like this always reminds me of Megan Robbin, who was my musical awakener. I will be downloading this album on pandora.

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5

Good album. Grunge rock classic

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5

Blur blur

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5

Definitely some hits I've been sleeping on. Love the Gorrilaz, but have only ever listened to surface level blur songs.

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5

Some of the best britpop. Love the organ on Theme from Retro.

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5

Instant 5

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5

This is an iconic album that really goes all over the place. Song 2 is such a big one for me personally and a specific time in my life. I’m biased, but aren’t we all?

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5

First 5 star. Forgot how good this album was. Years ago, always on the oasis side of the blur Vs oasis arguement. Oasis didn't have an album as good as this

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5

WOO-HOO

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5

Chilllllllll

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5

Loved it when it came out and it still sounds great today.

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5

Such a varied album. Psychedelic moments, electronic elements, straight up acoustic songwriting, rock, punk, hiphop beats, fun singalong vibes but also some slightly more challenging/experimental songs. This is why Blur are one of the best British bands of all time and why this album is one of their finest. It also resonated heavily in the US and is a favourite of the band themselves. 10/10

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5

My favourite Blur album for lots of reasons. So many good tunes on here that turned my attention away from Oasis and towards Blur. Beetlebum is probably my favourite Blur song if I were to think about it, and it sets the tone for the whole album. Can’t give it anything other than 5 stars.

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5

Mijn favoriete Blur album! Hier kwamen ze echt los van dat 'Britpop' stempel en kwam er veel meer diepgang en experiment in de muziek. Erg fijne plaat.

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5

The album which showed that Blur could do more than just Brit-Pop (and could actually evolve unlike some other band at that time).

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5

Brilliant.

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5

Not much to say, classic Blur.

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5

Det kan jeg godt lide

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5

Perfect

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5

oh, i know song 2 haha

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5

This album came out the same week as Pavement's Brighten the corners. The two best indie albums of the decade in my view, and both share a sonic signature. It was definitely Pavement influencing Blur rather than the other way around, but it doesn't matter. This is my favourite Blur album by a country mile, and just edges Pulp's "a different class" for best britpop album

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5

Fab! Classic. Loved it!

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5

Man, I have really slept on this band, this album slaps. I also learned something new today (i.e. Gorillaz)

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5

Sticks in you like a burr. Bull-at-a-gate kind of energy, which I enjoyed very loudly on a road trip

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5

Espeso

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5

WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! ST PAULI! ST PAULI! ST PAULI! ST PAULI! Sorry, drifted off there, it's good that one though innit? The rest of the album is great too. Blur's best in my humble opinion.

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5

Blur innit. WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! ST PAULI! ST PAULI! ST PAULI! ST PAULI!

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5

really enjoyed this. good album and will listen again

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5

More eclectic and willing to experiment than MLIR, and I really feel it benefited from it. I can even hear some underpinnings of what would become Gorillaz sounds in here. Not to mention Damon Albarn really comes out as a great songwriter. Great record.

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5

A band really hitting their stride with this album. A brave move away from Brit-Pop that really delivers.

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5

favs: - strange news from another star - beetlebum - country sad ballad man - you're so great - death of a party - song 2 - m.o.r.

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5

Possibly the best Blur album, depends what you like. It's not as Brit Pop as Parklife/The Great Escape but I think it sounds a lot better - musically more substantial. Beetlebum is a fantastic opener, Song 2 is overplayed to death but if you squint, you can still see the appeal. Other highlights include the mournful Death of a Party, Strange News From Another Star, Coxon's bittersweet solo 'You're so Great' and the Bowie aping On Your Own. It's a bit of a bridge to the far more experimental 13 and Think Tank, plus you can see elements of Gorillaz in some of Damon's vocals. It could just be the sweet spot between everything they've done and everything they'd go on to do.

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5

Удивительно странный, но очень классный альбом.

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5

Este es un disco fundacional para mí. Beetlebum fue una obsesión y Song 2 una canción inescapable durante ese año.

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5

So why was the blur/oasis thing even a thing? This album is fkn gold. Also how did we not know Damon albarn was gorillaz. I have a 2 disc version of this with some great bonus stuff, definitely gonna dig it out again. I recently read that when Malkmus left pavement the other guys were largely relieved cos they weren’t that good at being musicians, I wonder how the rest of blur feel post blur. Didn’t know I’d been missing this one, it’s not faith no more’s the real thing, but it’s certainly one of the greats

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4

Decent Blur changing track. Some memorable tunes.

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4

This album came out when I was getting back into metal. So other than Song #2 I missed it. This was very close to being a 5-star album....the last song wasn't right.

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4

I think this is a really interesting record, definitely a precursor to a ton of Gorillaz stuff. Alt Rock, Art Rock, Garage rock, maybe some mild psych rock. Some tracks though that I just don’t care for. Maybe I’d warm up to em with other listens, but for now I’ll call this flawed but very interesting. I will say it’s a very unique sounding album. Doesn’t sound like much else

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4

Fedt album, som måske ikke er så kendt. Mest kendt for song 2

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4

liked more than i thought i would

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4

I only knew song 2. The album is surprisingly better than I expected.

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4

I liked this album, I really didn't expect anything from Blur but they got some good songs.

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4

hell yea. a lot of Gorillaz comes out here. great album. Love this.

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4

Love Damon Albarn. Love this album.

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4

Cool rock album. Very much like!

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4

Lots of memories with this great album

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4

Awesome album, really fun to hear, the last song was kinda boring but outside of that, I really enjoyed it. 9/10

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4

Blur is great. That is all.

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4

Good Brit pop rock sound nice good yes

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4

Hell yeah! Enjoyable! 4 stars!

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4

cover hard u passend zum sound

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4

Fun record. Song 2 is an all-time classic, still gets my blood hot. Hadn't listened to this LP previously. Fun distortion.

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4

I always forget this was the Gorillaz guy. I also never heard this entire album, and it was surprisingly good!

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4

I only knew song 2 before... So...

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4

Interesting find. Everyone has heard Song 2, but got the memory jogged hearing M.O.R.. Enjoyed On Your Own and will listen to Essex Dogs a few more times to form an opinion.

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4

Rock alternativo. Un megahit.

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4

¿El mejor de ellos?

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4

I enjoyed it very much. I had no idea who they were but I recognized the type of music.

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4

More of an Oasis person in the 90s but I liked this. It was a bit more varied.

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4

catchy

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4

Good, but really long

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4

For Luke x

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4

Great stuff from one of my fave bands

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4

Yup, another classic

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4

I could have been into this back in '97. Standout track is "Strange News From Another Star"

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4

It was pretty good. I’ll have to give it another listen when I can focus on it more and am not too focused on judging a speech and debate tournament. Favorite songs: Beetlebum, Song 2, M.O.R, On Your Own, Death of a Party, Look Inside America, Strange News from Another Star Strong 7/10

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4

Britpop goes Rock. Song2 würde bei FIFA 98 und auf den Scheunenparties totgedudelt und gefällt trotzdem irgendwie noch. Man hört die 90er aber eines der zeitloseren Rockalben der Zeit.

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4

Exciting, rock and still very blur

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4

Beetle bum and Song 2 are both classics

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4

A solid recommendation. This album is loud, gritty, and high energy. I loved the roaring guitar melodies and Damon Albarns vocals fit in with this band just as well as in Gorillaz. Top notch. Favorite song: Chinese Bombs

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4

Gutes Alternative-Album. 4. Stern für das legendäre Song 2

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4

Top top top! A réécouter

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4

Solid 90s rock.

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4

Energetic retro FIFA music

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4

More abstract than I expected. Song 2 is obviously a classic, but the rest of the album is definitely underrated. Not quite my cup the whole way through, and a little too punky/indie. But still solid overall. 3.5/5

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4

Good stuff. Felt like the 90s again

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4

headbanging

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4

some version of britpop, i like the style and there are some good songs, and some classics (song 2) i really like the band and the distortion style

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4

Great album

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41. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 v i v a a n o s s a c a m i o n e t e 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 c o m o o o i t a v o b n a o h a n e n h u m MotA: Death of a Party "Beetlebum / What you've done / She's a gun / Now what you've done"

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4

freaking rad man! Real easy listening, good vibes!

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4

til blur is really fun

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4

Incredible record, a great band in a great moment

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4

Glad I finally listened to this.

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4

Nie durchgehört. Gefällt mir gut, 'Essex Dogs' ist großartig. Eine englische Band.

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4

Blur's eponymous record starts off very well with Beetlebum, an emotional and blisfully sexy tune filled with catchy guitar riffs, which is one of Blur's absolute best. The second track, Song 2, carries just the right amount of edge and raunchy vocals to make it a staple in the genre. However, the rest of the album can only disappoint after these 2. Disappointment is at its peak when I consider the awkward sound effects and distorted vocals on Country Sad, the annoying On Your Own, the seemingly unfinished Theme from Retro and the almost voiceless vocals on I'm Just a Killer. The distorted guitars on M.O.R, the ascending chorus on You're So Great, the ghostly piano's and guitar riffs on Death of Party are terrific though, so a 4/5 is definitely a fitting score.

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4

Bit of nostalgia talking here, because I was super hyped for this album at the time. In retrospect some of - including the lead single - is kinda dull, but the good bits are still good enough.

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4

Kind of surprised their 1997 album is on here. To me, if there is an absolute must Blur album to listen to it's 1994's Parklife or 1995's The Great Escape. Still, it's Blur's last great album. Beetlebum is a good opener despite being a little unusual in its sound and mixes. Song 2 obviously brings down the house every time but it's pretty unique for Blur. I guess they have some other pounding rock songs like MOR and Chinese Bombs, but more typical of their style are tracks 3, 5, 6, 11. And no Blur album would be complete without something like Essex Dogs (featuring more Damon Albarn speak than singing) - although I could do without it. You're so Great (track 7) feels more like one the Gallagher brothers would've recorded - but still a good tune.

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4

I prefer Parklife. But Beetlebum is great.

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4

Woo-hoo!

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4/5

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4

Pretty damn good, but not completely captivating. Favorite track might be "You're So Great".

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4

A cool and mellow sound with notes of punk and darker energy. This was a good album.

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4

3.5/5. Good, unexpected. Usually, with this genre I feel it's hard to listen to, however, this album was rather enjoyable. 'Song 2' is definitly the most popular off this album.

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4

In the middle of all the industrial noise, there is music that is actually quite good. It will be a four.

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4

Better than Definitely Maybe

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4

This album is great. Beetlebum and Song 2 are absolute fire. Also great hits like M.O.R. and Chinese Bombs. Looking at some of my other ratings, I don't think this reaches "perfect album" levels of greatness, but I do love this album a lot and probably listen to it just as much if not more than albums I consider "perfect."

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4

(4.5) Blur have been one of my favourite bands since I was a teenager, so this album was always going to rank highly. Despite containing some of my favourite Blur songs on the tracklisting (Beetlebum, You're So Great), it's one of those albums I've revisited less than others. This has meant that I'm less familiar with its second half especially, missing gems like Look Inside America and Movin' On, so I'm thrilled to have rediscovered them with fresh ears today. Not for the first time, and far from the last time I'm sure, I find myself weak at the knees for Damon.

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4

Damon building up to his creative peak but already at his prettiness peak.

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4

Didn't realize that blur had more than "song 2" lost me a bit at the end, but overall a good experience

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4

This is the breakup album, right? Not that it should be anthropomorphised to one person's unhappiness, obvs. (Later) No it isn’t. Apropos of nothing, time for a self-clarification of this wretched star system. Five stars. Indispensable. It is a privilege to be (re)acquainted with this masterpiece. Will be downloaded onto my device and listened to regularly. Four Star. A fine album. My impressions may be tainted by subjective memory muscle responses (on the whole, albums released between 1985 and 1999). At the least, a prompt to explore the artist/band’s back catalogue, get a sense of context. Or an excuse to wallow in nostalgia for a bit. Three Star. Serviceable. At the worst inoffensive, at the best well made but ephemeral. Every so often, a song or two give cause for closer consideration, but on the whole nothing here that will change any aspect of my life. Two Star. Poor/cynical/unformed. Like most music, it will mean something g to someone somewhere. I’m not that person One Star. Mum got her church group to buy a copy each. You know the Brian Eno anecdote about the Velvet Underground? Well, whoever made this album went to a Kenny G concert and was similarly moved. Poor us. Blur is a four star, even though objectively I think it might be a three. It was a big break from Britpop. In retrospect, they did a Radiohead before Radiohead. (Alburn, who is one of the most curious people in pop - a compliment) was all over Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. at the time.) Aside from the radio ‘friendly’ unit shifters here, some underrated classics (Strange News from Another Star - Bowie for the 21st cen., anyone?) Blur don’t deserve the opprobrium heaped on them. Yes, they were (are) precious. But never opportunistic.

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4

Did not know blur was so deep. Of course song 2 was the highlight.

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4

amazing production

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Britpop was huge in the mid-90s and you even though the big bands all had their own distinctive sound, you could tell they were all Britpop. But something changed just a few years later with Pulp's This Is Hardcore and Blur's self-titled. It suddenly took a much darker, less optimistic turn, taking inspiration from not only the alternative music of the 90s, but also still the 60s they already tried to emulate, and the 80s use of synths and electronic. Blur's self-titled is changes its style to something interesting yet melodic, if perhaps a bit abrasive. Starts off with the Beatlesesque psychedelic "Beetlebum," then onto the parodic "Song 2". I was shocked when I heard "Song 2"; I grew up with the song and had no idea Blur wrote this until yesterday, but I did find the punk chorus, grungy guitar, and nonsensical self-deprecating lyrics pretty funny. As a general theme, I love the lofi sound, complemented by static vocals and distorted bass. I heard "On Your Own" with the synths and back vocals is like the predecessor to Gorillaz... I didn't even know Gorillaz is by the same lead vocalist. I give points to innovation, but I wasn't a big fan of a lot of the songs, especially in the latter half. The only thing I like about "Chinese Bombs" is the title reference to London Calling... too much distortion. My least favorite on the first side is "M.O.R." which sounds a lot like their former music, but also it's pretty generic. Another weakness is that it's not terribly coherent, switching between all sorts of styles that it's a bit difficult to keep up with. If you're into a lofi mood or want to pick out some great tracks, this album will do it. Otherwise, it's outstanding in songwriting, production, and innovation. Favorite Tracks: Beetlebum, Death of a Party

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4

Probably my favorite Blur album so far. Can't go wrong with Song 2. Couple other bangers. A couple "experimental" which were eh

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4

Sulky from losing the Britpop wars but making tons of cash in the process, they embraced American alt-rock. And heroin. But mostly alt-rock and came up smelling of roses. The uni-browed Mancs looked on. Best Tracks: Beetlebum; Song 2; You're So Great

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4

Surprised by this one. If you can look past the FM rock snore fest singles there’s a lot of experimentation on this album, particularly towards the latter half.

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Love

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4

It was hard to not get the idea of "proto-gorillaz" out of my head in the first few listens. Some tracks just felt like stuff Damon would go on to tackle later under the moniker. However this album and Blur are far from what we would come to know. Tight grooves and riffs spice up the album in between the main chunk of the tracks. It's very easy listening with more to appreciate on each listen.

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4

This thing is paced…horribly? Song 2 is good enough to carry this further than it deserves but whew this felt interminable

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4

A classic

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4

WOO HOO

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4

90s nostalgia

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4

Uneven in places, but some excellent tracks and overall a very good album!

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4

Woooohooo

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4

Varied and interesting, exploring way outside the box i'd put them in.

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4

It was all a blur

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4

Enjoyed this immensely - was hoping Song 2 wouldn't be one of the best songs on the album though, but it was. Death Of A Party the highlight. Some late Beatles vibes too. Can hear where The Vines got it.

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4

Opet nakon slušanja mi se mišljenje nije ni pomaklo na tu peticu. Stvarno album jeben, svaka pjesma kida, nemam šta reć osim da ko da mi nešto fali da to bude 5/5 album, šteta.

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Jedan od najpoznatijih album Blura nakon Parklifea, a ja ga baš nisam detaljno ni preslušavao jer sam se cijelo vrijeme vraćao na Parklife, Modern Life is Rubbish i 13. Uglavnom, ako ikoji album od njihovih prvih šest najmanje zvuči na britpop, to je ovaj ili 13. 13 zvuči puno bolje od ovog albuma što se tiče kvalitete, ali kod ovog albuma volim taj lo-fi/slacker rock stil, zvuk. No ni to ne može namiriti da dođe do ocjene što sam dao onim albumima koje sam prethodno spomenuo. Nije čista četvorka, ali je bliže četvorci nego trojci. Izbacio bih čak 3 pjesme i bilob puno bolje. Zašto nema jebenih pola zvjezdice? Ovo je godina kada je britpop umro. (vjeruje se da je zbog smrti Princeze Diane te godine znantno potopio britpop). Možda je to ona na coveru u kolicima/s. Parklife > 13 > Modern Life is Rubbish > *Blur s/t* > The Great Escape > Leisure > itd.

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4

Nisu Oasis. Šta da im ja radim

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4

Great album. Blur's struggle with genre and identity resulted in a sprawling album that goes beyond Britpop. Though the Britpop style still shines through at various points, this album is more fluid and incorporate more aggression and emotion than their previous work. The punk influence and emerging indie rock influence can be clearly heard.

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4

Blur finally react to rather than against American indie rock and move on from Britpop. Not all the experimenting works, but the result is still pretty great on the whole.

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4

This is an incredible album. Song 2? I had no idea!

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I just love blur. And I've always loved Damon albarn. The story of how song 2 came about is very funny. Really their most breakthrough stuff in the us market at least. But this album is delightfully weird.

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Good album, def a few songs that I didn’t realize blur did! Smooth rock I guess, with some upbeat tracks

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Ce groupe est branché sur courant alternatif, proposant des chansons exceptionnelles, suivies de chansomns absolument incomprehensibles. Malheureusement, l'electricien sensé passer au studio pendant l'enregistrement de l'album pour fixer ce problème d'approvisionnement electrique n'arrivera jamais à temps, ce qui nous empêche de profiter d'un album régulier.

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Amazing musicianship and very coherent throughout. I do however find the lyrics and vocals a bit lackluster. Raw and dirty guitar-riffs, basslines and electronics with the occasional slower acoustic break makes this a definite staple of the genre.

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This album is better than it should be

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I had Blur up against Oasis in my head early on, before I understood anything about the Britpop thing in the 90s. And I always dug this sound a little more. Whereas Definitely Maybe loses me after a couple songs, this one carries me all the way through. Very different sounds, but this is the one I gravitate to more. In this case, the most known song on this album - Song 2 - is maybe my least favorite. And I like it a lot. Mostly I like the mixtape feel of it - how different each song is from the others. They all have their own little personalities. Love it.

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always a favorite

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7/10 liked this way more than i've liked any other britpop album thus far. it had good energy and leaned a lot more into classic alt rock sounds, with interesting lyrics

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Really enjoyed this, song 2 brought me back to fifa 98 days

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A slow motion plane crash that should have been prevented before the inevitable 9/11 tragedy...

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WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO goes the sound of 25% of Europe's post covid football stadiums when a goal is scored. at least it isn't the fucking can can, ay Bayern you bunch of lederhosen bumming cunts. It's going the same way as 7 nation army though, hard to listen to as a song thanks to football getting it's soulless mits on it. The album drops off a bit of a cliff after a very strong start. Thank God it's not the cor blimey cheeky cockney chappy allbran on this one.

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4/5

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WUHOOOOO

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Blur is on top of very interesting sounds here, and there are some fun memorable moments

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Worth it for Song 2 alone

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It's good

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My favorite Blur album, some good memories with this one although it gets weird towards the end. Beetlebum and Song 2 are songs for the ages

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This album starts out like an all time classic. Side 1 is non stop excellence...with some of the best power pop mixed with some stellar psychedelica. Side 2 is less successful as the songs are just not as memorable. All in all an excellent album 4 🌟

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Konstigt och, från en ovan Blurlyssnare, oväntat. Men också: fan vad bra! Jag läser mig till att Blur ville ta sig bort från britpopen, mot ett mer amerikanskt indierock-sound. Denna ambition, framåtrörelse, experimentlusta, samtidigt som det brittiska i grunden finns kvar, banar väg för ett fantastiskt och unikt album. Lite speciellt med flera "parodilåtar". Song 2 som parodi på grunge och Country Sad Ballad som parodi på en countryballad. Båda bra, Song 2 bäst. Efter Theme from Retro får albumet - ofta genom att sakna ned - upp farten på riktigt. You're So Great, Death of a Party, Essex Dogs är briljanta. Chinese Bombs, Strange News from Another Star är bra. Beetlebum är MYCKET bra. Bästa låt: BESLUTSÅNGEST men väljer ändå den morbida alkoholkärleksförklaringen You're So Great. Delad andraplats till Death of a Party och Essex Dogs.

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Probably my favourite Blur album, love song 2 since the days I used to play FIFA 98 Road to the World Cup.

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Not my favourite Blur album but still lots to enjoy, and a key change in direction in their career. On paper this is one of their more stylistically uniform collections - an American-style guitar album without the lavish Britpop arrangements. But the variety of weird sounds and styles Graham Coxon coaxes from his guitar is impressive (see Essex Dogs and Death of a Party for two great examples). There's scuzzy lo-fi blues, punk, melodic balladry, singalong pop and two classic singles in Beetlebum and Song 2. Lovely stuff.

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woo hoo

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I’m usually an Albarn hater but I have to give this one to him

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A classic, but not all of it holds up. The singles still carry the whole thing though

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Lyssnade i Gif-Sur-Yvette. Gillade det inte först men efter 2 lyssningar tyckte jag att det var rätt bra!

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Loving brit pop at the moment and this is another classic

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Really enjoyed this one.

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It's a good Blur album. Much more of a logical progression than the radical departure I remembered at the time. A move towards more lo-fi sounds, and a rejection of britpop for sure, but some songs would still have fit the Great Escape or Parklife. Still, as a thirteen year old, I remember the guy in my record shop convincing me to get Brighten The Corners by Pavement instead - he said it was the album Blur had failed to make with this, and he's probably right - it is the better album.

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First time I’ve heard anything besides song 2. Always been a Damon Albarn and this was more of what I like

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Simple, really: This is Blur's best album. And, by extension, I'd argue this is the all time winner of the Britpop battle. P.S. The joy that Song 2 used to bring me back when I played FIFA 98 - Road to World Cup!

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song 2 is here but this album is just ok

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5/24 Another good British rock album. Standout Tracks: Beetlebum, Theme from Retro, Death of a Party, I'm Just a Killer for Your Love, Strange News from Another Star, Essex Dogs

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It's not bad, but I feel like quite a few of the songs are parodies or just ripping off other genres. This can be successful (they're great anytime they try grunge) or less than successful ("Country Ballad Sad Man"). It's not bad, I just preferred MLIR. Favorite tracks: "M.O.R.", "Chinese Bombs", "Strange News from Another Star"

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Own. Fave song “Song 2” not much of Blur fan outside the hits.

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It’s blur baby!

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Starts off amazing for the first few tracks but doesn't keep it up. Shame.

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Some songs was nice some was not as nice

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It's alright but I'll stick to 'The Best of Blur'

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Only got a bit into it. Seemed very vanilla.

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Good but not really my style

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1997 opening track 5:05mins Blur #1 song on spotify is Song 2 which is 2 min 1 sec long. marked stylistic changes of influenced by american indie bands (like Pavement). recorded in London and Reykjavik Iceland. Song 2 launched fame in US (where they had been unsuccessful)

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Never listened to much Blur beyond Song 2. Not super overwhelmed with this album, but you can hear a lot of influences on other brit rock bands. Needs more listens.

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Some great songs. Some filler.

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Difficile mantenere il livello di Song 2

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Essex dogs.

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@@@. Ok rock, some nice songs.

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Not bad.

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very 90's very british

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Alternative. Would rather listen to newer albums

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Song 2 is amazing, the rest is very meh.

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Some interesting tracks

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Not bad, pretty chill, but only 1 really memorable track on the album.

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Song 2.0 is amazing, but everythng else.... meh

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I like this album, and I went through a "Blur phase" in probably late high school/ early college. I don't love all the songs on this album but some of them I really do, like "Beetlebum" "Song 2" "Killer for Your Love" and perhaps "Look Inside America" & "Strange News from Another Star." "Essex Dogs" too, I forgot about that song. This, as with all Blur albums, struggles as a whole for me. I prefer Damon Albarn's other projects more - Gorillaz, The Good The Bad and the Queen, and his solo stuff.

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Eh. Apart from the 1st two songs, I wasn’t blown away.

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Liked Beetlebum, Look inside America Not a fan of Theme from retro, Chinese bombs or Essex Dogs

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Semibängeri Helt jees rock. Vissa bra men vissa sämre låtar

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J’ai bien aime, il y a un vibe qui me rappelle radiohead desfois ? 3.75

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Solid album--would probably improve upon re-listening

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as disappointing as the first time I listened to it. and the second. and the third.

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Solid Brit pop rock album with some unique stuff, obviously created by strong musicians. Doesn’t have as nostalgic a vibe for me as similar records from that time period, which might skew my option slightly more negative. 3.3

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6

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Solid album. Overrated though. I do not think it deserves all the hype it gets.

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Obviously song 2 is the slapper, but I also really liked 'Look Inside America'. Bigger fan of the Gorillaz but still a good band

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5.5

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Far from their best

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Not too remarkable, kind of a nice progy rocky thing I guess? Probably using that wrong. Funny that I recognized Song 2 (actual song name) almost immediately though, never knew the name.

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alt rock. song 2 v famous

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Ups and downs for me. I think I could listen again and like it more. Some of the song lyrics were pretty dark. Saved tracks: “You’re so Great”.

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Niet alles even prettig, maar ik houd erg van de stem van Damon Albarn.

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Best aardig, maar wordt ook nooit echt briljant helaas

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Started well, went downhill towards the middle but I really liked the last track. ***

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Solid nirvana meets bowie, nothing too crazy.

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Tja Blur, vroeger vond ik het niks, teveel Britpop. Nu vond ik het wel een keer lekker om te luisteren, leuke rare uitschieter met Chinese Bombs, lekkere klassieker met Song 2. Kortom een ruime voldoende.

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Joa...Ich wusste nicht das dieses SingStar Rock Lied von Blur ist.Ansonsten hat es mich jetzt nicht von der Leiter gehauen.

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Too much noise

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Not super feeling it, interesting band though

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I love that one song. A saw a post where a guy was saying that Blur is really good but everyone only knows the one song but I kind of disagree with him.

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mediocre album

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Ich finde es sympathischer als oasis aber mehr als drei sind auch das nicht

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Another in the long list of bands whose name I know but know very little of their work (yes, I know, a major benefit of this whole 1001 Albums project is I am finally getting 'round to hearing all these bands!). 'Song 2' is familiar to me now that I hear it again, and I really like it. Great energy and fun. I like most of these tracks. Some really cool guitar work going on here. Nice.

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Decent alternative brit-rock from the '90s. 7.4/10

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Ah what an actual classic for me. I grew up listening to Blur, and this was nice to bob along to.

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Never a fan of blur, although this one want too painful

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I feel uncomfortable rating this bc i didn't really pay attention to it like that. but mainly most blur albums sound the same to me. never capture my attention beyond being good background music. that 90s alternative sound is very dated.

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Interesting listen, liked the energy. I may listen again.

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Owned album, only ever listened to first two tracks, decent listen.

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solid alt sound from Britain.

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Not as good as I remember from college, but still a quality album.

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OK, I listened to it. There was noise. I guess I liked the noise at the time. Feels a lot like another band called Pavement, if I were to go and not listen to anything by Blur ever again I am sure I'd be just fine and would probably forget that they existed.

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Here's another band I've heard of but (thought I) hadn't heard. Loved the first track Beetlebum. Then Song 2 started and I realized "of course I've heard this." I never knew this was the song name (and band) for the "whoo hoo" song. It's interesting how significantly the style changes between songs. Beetlebum is hugely different from Song 2 and both are different than Country Sad Ballad Man (although the Nirvana influence seems pretty evidence in both of the two latter songs).  Then M.O.R. sounds like it could fit with Roxy Music (although this changes later in the song). These guys are all over the place, but I'm mostly enjoying this (Chinese Bombs is a bit of noise, but then I'm Just a Killer for Your Love sounds pretty cool). I'd rate it higher, but I'm having a problem because I have no idea what this band is supposed to be. They are seriously all over the place stylistically. Kudos for variety, but as the Who would sing..."Who are you?"

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I only knew one song from this album going in (Song 2) which I'd never really been a fan of but was pleasantly surprised by most of the rest of the album. There seem to be a lot of different ideas going on here. Favorite tracks: M.O.R, Death of a Party, I'm Just a Killer for Your Love, Strange news from Another Star.

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The album combines Blur's Brit Pop sensibilities with the grunge sound of Nirvana. At times, it works for me, other times not so much. Obviously a lot of people know this album thanks to "Song 2" but that one is vastly different from the rest of the album.

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First listen. Knew the one song, "Song 2" The rest seems pretty good. Like to hear more of it.

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fuck, do i hate that song. though, weirdly, the rest of the album is actually pretty good. never thought i'd say that about blur, but here we are.

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I just keep wanting it to be Gorillaz. Still good.

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Sometimes I think I might like Blur more than Oasis. This isn't something I'm only saying to make the Gallaghers feel bad (although hey, what a nice bonus). I really only knew of Blur before this album showed up on my feed because of Song 2, and even then, it was just because it was overplayed during dull moments of Nebraska Football games. This album made me question why Blur didn't have the success Oasis did in America. Aside from "Wonderwall", I'm not sure Oasis did anything as interesting as this album, although I haven't had a chance to deep dive into the Gallagher Brothers' work outside of their hits. It could just be that I have a perverse appreciation for songs about heroin. The first half of this album is 100 percent perfect, but the second half is a hard pass, so much so that it almost kills all of the goodwill the first half generated (I had a difficult time getting through the last song). There are moments on this album when Blur is trying just a little too hard to be interesting. Sometimes it works. Other times it makes me want to listen to Pavement.

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Again, mediocre, maybe eventually I’ll get the hang of this.

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Song 2, Death of a party

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Ihan semi ok levy. Muutama hyvä ja muutama vähemmän hyvä biisi. 2,5* olis tarkka mutta mennään nyt kolmosella.

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Song 2...A classic. Love Damons performance

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The songs here feel full (seemingly two of them packed into the opener, fitting together) while the tracklist avoids bloat. There's lots of sonic variety (I hear chickens, squeaks, swirly digital whoops, many a subgenre reference) in a framework that works well enough for commercials. I'm very glad I glanced at reviews, because "slacker" is the perfect descriptor for the project. Energy levels fluctuate nicely, but the interest level is not-quite-there in the distance recorded music allows for. It's Britpop with plenty of jangle; Could use a little more jingle to sound less demo-y at the back. Great electric guitars.

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All right, this is the third Blur album in 131 albums. This is some serious over-representation on the part of this band and Brit-pop in general, a genre that was only a factor for a small handful of years in the 90s and barely a blip on the overall landscape of music, making me thing that there is a bit too strong of an Anglocentric slant on this list. As far as the album itself, it's probably the best of the three Blur albums on the list (so far... I wouldn't put it past the authors to include the band's entire damn discography), but that isn't saying too much. As I previously noted, Blur feels more and more like a singles band with each new album I hear with not much to say in regards to the deep cuts. Still, the band is better than their contemporaries and rivals, Oasis, so there's that.

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Song 2 (perhaps the best song) is dissonant vaudeville halfway between Rolling Stones and Sonic Youth. Their traditional melodic sound is delegated to fringe compositions like Strange News From Another Star and Look Inside America. (6/10) Favourite Track: Song 2

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Better than I anticipated.

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Only Beetlebum and Song 2 jump out from the track list. Noticably longer after the short and sweet stones album with more filler.

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Outside of the one hit, I didn't vibe with much of this

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Alright album that has a few good songs. Song 2 is well known and a good hit and wish more of the album was like that. Some of the other songs fell flat and felt boring. 5.6/10

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Country Sad Ballad Man and Song 2 are great. I like Blur....just not all the time.

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271221 18:04 3

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not my favourite style of music but a couple of bangers in there. the lead singers voice is really charismatic. it has a certain feel to it, like its rough around the edges but thats what gives it character and this album was a very welcome change of pace compared to all the over produced stuff out right now. feels like im listening to them in a bar live. standout tracks:beetlebum,song2,on your own, death of a party

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No 2 always good

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I liked this album. Had more of the Blur sound that I love than Parklife did.

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The one song is good.

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would probably have given it a higher score when younger, beatlebum and song 2 still great, rest sounds like proto gorrilaz

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Full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. I liked Beetlebum, You're so Great, Death of a Party, Look inside America. Strange News from Another Star was pretty nice.

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Very good

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Beetlebum Song 2

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I liked the first few songs, but then it sort of faded away.

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I like Gorillaz but this album doesn't do much for me.

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Finding out I'm not a big blur fan. I've always liked Gorrilaz, but I think I find Damons Blur singing voice is grating honestly. I don't think the singing voice is bad, or that he is a bad singer. Just it isn't for me. I've enjoyed fhis album quite a bit more than I enjoyed Parklife.

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6/10

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Some good songs, and a fair bit of nostalgia. But overall a bit dreary for my tastes

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Solid alt rock, I wish I liked it more than I did. The second half dips in quality a bit, but overall it is very good. I wish I could give it a 3.5/5, but unfortunately I cannot, so 3/5.

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Solid alt-rock album, I'll have to relisten to it and see if there were any duds or ones that I missed BEST TRACKS: Song 2, M.O.R., You're so Great WORST TRACKS: Theme from Retro

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Minulla on tämä levy ihan CD:nä, joskus silloin nuorisolaisena tuli hankittua. Yllättävän hyvin palautui vielä laulujen sanoja ja säveliä muistiin, vaikka ei ole varmaan kahteenkymmeneen vuoteen tullut kuunneltua tätä. Vähän sellaista taskulämpöistä ja laahaavaa menoa. Levyllä on tietysti hittibiisi Song 2, siitä plussat. Vanhoilla meriiteillä kolmonen.

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I always expected them to be a 1 hit wonder group, and while the other tracks on this record probably won't get a lot of repeated plays out of my speaker, Blur shows their value as a key 90s group. The guitar tones and textures are sublime, but the vocals and lyrics leave much to be desired (though I will admit I am no fan of Brit-pop).

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Don't bother having two blur albums on this list. Keep this one, and cut the other.

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I really want to like this, and I do really like “Song2”, but even a cool lyric (“when I feel heavy metal”)isn’t enough to push this to a four. Average. 😐

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Well, there is a couple of ok songs but too many fillers..

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I never had the respect for Blur while loving a couple of the songs

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OK album. Would most likely not listen to again. Favourite song off the album: Strange News from Another Star

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WOO HOO

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Salvo Song 2 el resto son un poco extrañas.

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I get that this record is pivotal in their career, but it’s hard for me to get it. Beetlebum is one of my fav Blur’s songs definitely and think that there are other hidden gems in the album. I will give it another listen and see how it grows in me.

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I had only really listened to Park Life before this and it was very fun to listen to. Made me definitely want to check out more. But, it's likely I'd need someone else to encourage it, rather than seek it out myself.

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Very listenable pop music.

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Fundamentally not bad

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Meeh

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A great Brit Pop band forsakes Brit Pop in an effort to sound more American and produce an average album that could have been by any of the thousands of alternative rock bands

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The sound that made them great is lost in their transformation on this album. I couldn’t get behind it.

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I guess if you’re going to have a Blur album on this list it’s going to be the self titled one. I think The Great Escape and 13 both have better songs. I have once heard that One Week by Barenaked Ladies is the most recognizable first second of a modern pop song. Song 2 is a very close second.

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Britpop

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Альбом, который уже стал классикой. Есть несколько хитовых песен. В Country Sad Ballad Man чувствуются первые намеки будущего стиля Gorillaz. Несмотря на то, что люблю британский рок - не могу отнести себя к фанатам группы (хотя несколько песен и нравятся у них) и этот альбом подчеркнул это. Некоторые песни показались мне изобретательными и отличными, а некоторые все так же прошли мимо меня. Возможно, стоит ещё раз вернуться к альбому спустя время. Помимо очевидных Beetlebum и Song 2 отмечу Death of a Party, Strange News from Another Star и Theme from Retro.

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Song 2 is super tired at this point, it was a huge hit in the U.S. Doesn't quite have that edge that it used to have. But luckily the rest of the album is much weirder and more interesting than I remembered. Beetlebum seems like the strongest, though, and since it's the album opener, there's less to look forward to later.

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История одной песни на альбоме

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Decent outing from Mr. Alburn! I can see why it made the list. It gets a little long in the tooth and the lyrics are a little unrelatable and navel gaze-y at times, but some of the pure pop guitar moments are undeniably great. Favourite tracks: Beetlebum, M.O.R., You're So Great, Look Inside America

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Its Blur

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Didn’t like it as much as Parklife.

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« Blur » est à peu près l'onomatopée qui ponctuait mes vomissements pendant l'écoute de ce projet.

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J'aime bien Strange News from Another Star on dirait David Bowie. Sinon dans l'ensemble album OK tier.

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J'ai pas trop fait gaffe

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Not the best Blur album, but still listenable. Loved Song #2 when it came out, and it is still and enjoyable song. 3/5

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Blur proves once again that the only good song in their discography is Song 2. 5/10

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Blur really benefited from moving away from britpop a bit in my opinion. This album takes that aspect and mixes it with more indie rock and alternative stylings to create something much better.

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Pretty good. Not much else to say about it. 3 stars.

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Other than "Song 2", burned in my mind bt FIFA98, I didn't find any song that stuck after the first pass.

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Couple of decent songs

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Decent album. I guess I hadn’t ever listened to much Blur, but it wasn’t as hard as I was expecting which was a nice surprise. Well-written songs and everything, but not 100% my type of music. 5/10

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Some decent songs and some pretty weak ones. Song 2 was cool the first 100 or so times I heard it, it does nothing for me now. I'd of rather had a Gorillaz album. A generous 3 I guess.

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"Song 2" is an all time classic song. However the rest of the album is pretty lackluster 90s alt rock.

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Some classic tracks, and some good variety. Not super exciting though

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It's remarkable how deftly the band flirts with and yet ultimately rejects a purely pop quality. Each song teeters on the edge of falling into the catchy pop tune chasm, threatening to fall in, if it weren't for the chaotic and dissonant anchors, holding it back. While not a terrible song, 'Look Inside America' shows what I'm talking about. Compared to every other song on this album, it's quite straight forward. It's nice, but it feels a little flat amongst the crowd. All told though, the album is a better listen than I recall, and with the benefit of hindsight, a noteworthy standout from the "alternative" crowd of the time.

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Was expecting this to be better, TBH

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Bruh

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This is kinda bussin bruh fr

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Fair

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Alot of filler on this. The best stuff is where is sounds like Gorillaz

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Honestly, give me either the raw Britpop of Parklife or the more experimental rock of 13 - this has the problem of being in the middle. Gotta respect this as a transitional album. Oh, and obviously Song 2 is unimpeachable.

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I think this is a confused album. Blur were looking for a new sound and ended up with several. Post-grunge, indie alternative, britpop etc. I expected to love this and just never did. I'm not sure if a band like Blur would make an album just peddle singles but the filler on this album made it feel as though.

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3.5 + Some great songs (“Beetlebum”, “Country Sad Ballad Man”) mixed in with mediocre ones (“You’re So Great”, “Chinese Bombs”, “Essex Dogs”). Compared to the highs of “Parklife” and “Great Escape”, I remember this album feeling like a letdown - rougher, moodier, more depressing (all in a bad way) - and that feeling remains.

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wooohoooo Beetlebum and song 2 are good

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3.5 / 5 Really enjoyed this one. Knew "Song 2" but never knew that was what it was called. Wooo hooo! The rest of the album is really great.

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Ok album, enjoyed the music

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remember being underwhelmed by this when it came out despite the great single and awfulness of the prior album. Also, Pavement being upset they were ripped off somehow? Hasn't improved with age, Beetlebum is great, rest meh

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Just alright. They’re no oasis that’s for sure.

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Very much a nostalgic album for me. I have a bizarrely specific memory of driving to Hartland Point with my parents while listening to this. Which isn't to say it's good. Beetlebum is better than I remember; Song 2 is worse, time has softened its grunge punchiness. The rest is patchy as hell, often irritating, and low on ideas. Still better than Oasis though.

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Op zich wel lekkere rockmuziek, maar soms ook wel erg wazig. Soms het gevoel dat The Beatles op steroïden zitten en dan weer een punkrock gevoel :-). Wel lekker gevarieerd. ***

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Blur's self titled album is an interesting one. For one thing, it's got one of the most recognised hype songs in the world on it, on the other hand, it was jarring to go from Song 2 to Country Sad Ballad Man, mood went way down, and it never really picked back up. I'm really torn with this one, if it wasn't for Song 2 I don't think this album would make the list. That being said I don't think its a bad album, just a little lack-lustre. Best: Song 2 Worst: Essex Dogs

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Song 2 carried the whole album imo. Most songs felt as if they all merged into one - probably because this is my 3rd new album today...

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WOOHOO! Was better than I thought it'd be. 3.5 stars

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I liked the top half of the record, but then it started to get a little bit tedious and repetitive. Meh. Made me wish I was listening to Squeeze instead, just craving a different kind of British sound today. I want less moody meandering 90's and more zany new wave. It's Friday! I want to have fun! Squeeze should have a record in this list, but I'll be quite disappointed if they don't, especially given the heavily biased UK listmakers influence on the chosen records.

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Non mi è mai piaciuto troppo lo stile dei Blur, ma ho sempre apprezzato molto 'Song 2'. Il tono è più cupo di quanto mi aspettassi

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Yeah. Alright. But I still don’t like beetlebum.

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Ill forget about this album in an hour.

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Ultimately boring to me. Dunno why, just is.

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More brit pop, less noise rock needed.

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Not my favourite album from Blur. It partially marks the end of "Bitpop" It starts off strong but progressively gets weaker.

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meh

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Of the entire track list, only Song 2 and On Your Own made it into my everyday listening.

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It was alright. Song 2 is a banger for a reason but I didn't think there was anything else special about it

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Tracks 1& 3 weird noise - meh lyrics. Song 2 - great track, that's why it was so big You're so great, best track yet though trying too hard to give that "old record sound" most of the others it sounds like the guitars were recorded waay too loud. Most songs are just noise, not really structured. maybe was not in the mood for it? Sound more like songs that would be fun to go see live but not on an album

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Kinda okay album. I didn’t find it particularly interesting. I did enjoy the song beetlebum a lot tho.

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Not the greatest

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1-3 good songs rest is just experimental indie that sounds dreadful.

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I listen to this and feel nothing. Strange, cuz I really enjoy their other work.

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WOOOOOO hoo

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I've always wanted to enjoy this album a lot more than I do, and I know I should rate it higher. "Song #2" is of course a blast. Much of the record is good-ish and seems like it would be something I enjoy, but I get a bit impatient with the songs partway through most of them.

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Was cool, the latter 80% was forgettable though

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Blur is not that good

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Bof..

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Sikkert kult men ikke helt for meg

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Mja, ik was toch meer van Oasis in die tijd. Hoewel ik het bij Gorillaz minder storend vind, trek ik die stem van Albarn hier toch minder goed. Song 2 ken ik natuurlijk maar dat is het dan ook wel.

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Not too offensive but not my type of alternative rock (i.e. there's lots of alt rock that I think is better than this).

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Eh, this is the most I haven listened to this band. Song 2 was always fun, but I doubt I ever have a desire to listen to much more of their stuff.

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I was only familiar with one song. I am kind of indifferent on the album as a whole.

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I only liked Song 2 :(

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Not really appealing Music takes to long + no crescendo 2/5

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all over the place stylistically

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Kind of boring honestly, and when it wasn't it was just irritating.

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meh.

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Meh, don't particularly like the singing got the WoHoo song: Song 2

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Levy ratsastaa kahden hyvän biisin maineella

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Woo hoo! All I knew about this album prior to listening was Song 2, and it set me up for disappointment. Genre hopping is fun and all, but none of the journeys went anywhere particularly good...

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Уныленько и неинтересно. Всё ещё не понятно, как их можно сравнивать с Oasis, это же вообще разные вещи. ... Окей, возможно что-то интересное и есть, например Death of a Party ---- Буду ли я это переслушивать? НЕТ

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Song 2 was probably once good but now reduced to nothing from overexposure. Pretty annoying voice. Silly. Don't really know what they sounded like before so can't see why this was a change Theme from reto is pretty ok Death of a party drums Chinese Bombs good Can see how this fits into 1997 Essex Dogs good

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Another overall disappointing album from Blur. But it does have Song 2 (and to a lesser extent, Beetlebum and On Your Own) on it. Like the other Blur records on this list, beyond the singles it is pretty forgettable. 2.5/5 (a bonus 0.5 for Song 2).

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After I wrote in my review of Parklife a week or so ago that Blur was the 90s version of XTC, I found out that the band actually sought out XTC front man Andy Partridge to produce Modern Rubbish, the album preceding Parklife, so apparently that was what they were going for. Yuck. Supposedly, their self-titled album was Blur's attempt to break away from the Britpop style they pioneered after the genre imploded. The result is reminiscent of a chameleon changing colors. Blur is the same creature as it always was underneath, but on Blur (1997), it's taken on the protective coloration of Indie rock's stylistic quirks, i.e. grungy guitars, noise experiments a la Sonic Youth, Stephen Malkmus' vocal yelps, Pavement's deconstructive strategies, warped electronics, et al. This could be read as a cynical strategy to stay relevant, and it probably was, but damned if they don't do a convincing job of it, making the cloying Britpop at the core of their sound more palatable. Unfortunately, the most thorough transformations are front loaded, so as the album grinds on, Blue reverts to its shallow, twee Britpop roots. Look, there's a lot of craft and skill on display here, but it's in the service of what is ultimately a pretty vacuous take on British pop. You can polish a turd to a high gloss, but well, you know what I mean.

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The 90s feel, which I like, doesn't counteract the absolute ass vocals which are creaky and sound like they're being sung through a dehydrated hangover.

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I heard Song 2 a bunch in college. I’m pretty sure until today it’s the only Blur song I’ve ever heard. I now know why it’s called Song 2, which shouldn’t have been tough to figure if I had thought about it. There really isn’t much else exciting on here other than On Your Own. Apparently the band changed musical styles somewhat on this album and became “more aggressive.” There is not very much aggressive about this album to me. The ambling Essex Dogs is almost interesting except for the spoken word delivery (boring!) and being way too long.

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Oh Blur, there are some moments where I like the music and then you go and ruin it with something I actively dislike. You could be so much better.

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Just ok. Nothing special. "Song 2" holds up well, though it has been overplayed and overused over the years. But nothing else really stood out. Several songs were standard, perhaps even boring Britpop. What was most interesting about the album was how many hints of the Gorillaz's sound that could be found here. That got me thinking about Gorillaz, and how Damon Albarn's music evolved from early Blur, to this album, to the Gorillaz. So then I looked to see what Gorillaz album or albums were on the 1001 list. There are no Gorillaz albums on the list!!! What!? Their debut used to be on the list, but was removed in more recent editions. Gorillaz were refreshing and interesting and even groundbreaking. Every other British album ever made is on the list, so why not Gorillaz? I can't decide whether to dock this album a star (from a baseline of 3) due to my anger at the list, or to give at extra star because that first Gorillaz album is a 4 or 5 start album and I have nowhere to rate it.

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I could have gone without this one, not my cup of tea

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Well, Song 2 I've heard before. I would have guessed this was Weezer maybe based on that song alone. This feels like the 90s. The album as a whole has some bad songs on it but I clearly am not the target demo for this. As of this album, I'm instituting my rating system as follows: 1*: terrible, no redeeming value that I could find, or just not my thing at all. 2*: I can see the reason this is on the list, it's well produced or influential or whatever, but I can't imagine listening again. 3*: this is OK. I might listen again if it came up in a random playlist. Or, I don't like it but it has extremely good productions or is hugely influential or something. 4*: I like this. I would listen again. Good music. 5*: This is amazing and is now in semi-regular rotation. Changed the way I listen/taught me something/cured major disease.

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whoo-hoo. whoo. hoo.

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Song 2!

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a little too much "noise"

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+0.5 punktu za Song2

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Blurin huonoin levy, jota en ole ikinä ymmärtänyt. Bändi on ainakin itselleni aina elänyt hittibiiseistä, ja ne taiteellisemmat pläjäykset ovat olleet aina täysin yhdentekeviä tai jopa ärsyttäviä. Normaalisti hittien tai edes rock-biisien osuus levyllä on ollut merkittävästi suurempi, mutta tällä levyllä asetelma on kääntynyt päälaelleen. Ainoa omien Blur-suosikkieni listalle mahtuva kappale tältä viritelmältä on mainio Beetlebum. Toivottavasti listalla kuullaan vielä jotain aidosti merkittäviä Blur-levyjä.

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it was a blur

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je pensais pas mais mal de crâne un peu

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This could be revisionist history, but I think this album came out right at the time I started to piece together some things about alternative radio, such that upon hearing the Woohoo Song, I immediately understood there would not be a single other Woohoo Song, or anything remotely like the Woohoo Song, anywhere on the rest of this album. And so I never bothered to listen to it… UNTIL NOW. I was right.

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This a very light 3. Every song starts off strong af and then doesn’t go anywhere.

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2 stats for No. 2

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4/10. Despite the fact that I read the title of the first track, I thought the guy was saying "Pedo Bob" for the first few verses. Otherwise, the album was long, uneventful, and quite forgettable.

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Meh.

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Disappointing. I really loved Parklife - lots of varied melody and creativity. This one can only be described as abrasive; in music and vocals. The ubiquitous "Song 2" has always been a bit obnoxious outside of a sporting chant and unfortunately it's probably the most catchy of the lot. I don't have anything creative to add - maybe would add boring. Pass on this, focus on their earlier work for sure. 3/10 2 stars.

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Out of all of the "Britpop invasion" trash that never really took off, this is probably the best. I appreciate the radical style change as well as the emotion and feel of the album. Still not a great sound, not much 'new' about it, not very catchy for 'pop' and, apparently, still today, overhyped. The Brits have done great things in music, but this whole thing was a low point for that whole damn country

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Good first listen. Enjoyable. I know the one song, the rest was new. 2.5/5

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Song 2? More like Album 2 (out of 5(rating))

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Skulle fått en trea om de bara varit lite vänligare mot en viss kanadensare… #justsayin Nä men annars också så ja feelar att dehär har int såsen ja minns att flera gånger under albumet tänkte ja att dehär sku kunna gå hårt om de bara hade lite mer twang Eller typ just på dom mer ”hårda” sångerna så nåde dom int rikit fram så att säga att de funka bättre me dom mera mellow yellow sångerna

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Don't believe the hype.

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Had never listened to a Blur album before (although obviously know quite a few of the singles). Song 2 always transports me back to 1998 and playing the world cup Fifa game (think that was the one where they had the indoor mode too)? Overall, though, decidedly underwhelmed. Maybe there's a better Blur album out there (there must be, surely?), but if there's not then I've no idea how Blur vs Oasis was even close. 2/5.

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Seems like a band short on ideas, yet they managed to find Song 2 in among it all and that's obviously a classic.

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I thought it was going to be good, bud in the end it was all just a big blur

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Sometimes I’ll listen to an old album like this and wonder why I’ve only heard one song from it. In this case I know exactly why. The only good song is the one I’ve already heard (Song 2).

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Too screams and technoy - hard on the ears

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Vähän tylsä

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Ei ihan hölmö, mutta kokonaisuus tuppaa ehkä jäämään hieman hitin varjoon. Jos tästä tosissaan alkaisi tykkäämään se vaatisi toistoja, tai ehkä toisen levyn bändiltä, jolla ei oo megahittiä. 2/4

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I'm sure Blur has a fanbase because there are two albums from them on this list. But, the fact is, they're a one-hit-wonder. The thing with one-hit-wonders is that their "one hit" stands out. Blur has "Song 2" and it's the only song like it on the album. Nothing else is even close to matching the energy. I know the band meant it as a joke track but the joke is on Blur. "Song 2" is 10x better than anything else in their catalog. I don't understand why we have an album by a one-hit-wonder on this list. The fact that there are two albums by Blur is unfathomable to me.

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1/21/21

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Els Blur sempre m'han semblat un grup de bons singles, però d'àlbums més aviat discrets. Aquest cinquè disc no n'és una excepció. Va ser el més exitós de la seva carrera, en bona part gràcies als dos temes inicials, "Beetlebum" i sobretot "Song 2". El primer és per mi una de les seves millors cançons, em sembla molt inspirada i en el seu moment va resulta sorprenent venint d'ells. En tot cas, un cop passada la sorpresa inicials d'aquestes dues composicions inicials, el disc cau en picat i no aconsegueix remuntar el vol. S'agraeix l'intent de dotar de més protagonisme a les guitarres, inspirant-se en el rock independent dels EEUU, però l'àlbum es fa llarg i molt, molt pesat, com gairebé sempre em passa amb ells. Si no fos pels dos primers temes, seria un disc oblidable.

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Bande kojarze, ale kto nie zna bandy od muzyki znanej kazdemu od znawcow kina, graczy fifki, czy ogladaczy reklam, bo song 2 byl chyba wszedzie i juz samo uslyszenie tego utworu wywoluje odruch wymiotny, o ile jestem fanem innego projektu wokalisty blurowego, goryli, to tak ten albumik mi strasznie nie lezy, granie jak u punkow, spiewanie jak w popularnym roku, no i brytyjskie akcenty, az ciezko mi cos dodac na plejliste, ale dodam country sad ballad man, bo chyba tam najbardziej slysze obecny styl damona, czyli 2D

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I was hoping that not the whole album would be as annoying as the obnoxious "Song 2". That hope didn't come true. It's chaotic, noisy, senseless and really pretty much without redeeming qualities. I gave up halfway through the fifth track.

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Listened to this first time since my mid-late teens. It's been a struggle to not skip certain songs. Based solely on this album - I don't enjoy Blur. Don't have any songs I've enjoyed listening to either, it all seemed like white noise to me.

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This album was difficulty to listen too. I can not believe that this album should be on this list or that this band influenced music some how. I thought "Song 2" was an Offspring song. It was the only song I recognized or could understand, but this is not saying much as I though it sucked then and now.

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Song 2 is the only song I liked. The rest just seemed to whine on and on. I would put blur in the one hit wonders mix.

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In retrospect, this was a load of old pump, wasn't it? The most half-finished, half-baked sounding album encountered on this app so far, despite it dragging on for an hour.

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i didn’t like a single song on this album… sorry. actually maybe one but it was so unmemorable and amidst all the other terrible noises it does nothing to redeem itself. it sounded like they chunked a whole bunch of god awful noises together to make a song. just no.

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This music did not touch me. I have no connection or reference point to it.

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Musica porp refrescante... aunque se pierde al final del disco

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4 stars

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