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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

3.37

Votes

5446

Genres

  • Rock
  • Britpop
  • Indie
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Tue Feb 09 2021
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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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

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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Mon Oct 18 2021
2

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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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

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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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

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

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Sat May 28 2022
2

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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Tue Jan 26 2021
1

Bilge

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Wed Oct 14 2020
5

Just the classic britpop come-down album. Amazing!

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Thu Nov 05 2020
5

Album da músicA YUUUUHUULLL

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

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

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Thu Feb 11 2021
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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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Good album. Grunge rock classic

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

Blur blur

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Mon Jan 18 2021
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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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

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

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Instant 5

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Sun May 30 2021
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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Fri Feb 05 2021
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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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

WOO-HOO

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Chilllllllll

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

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

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Wed Apr 28 2021
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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Wed Apr 28 2021
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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Fri Jul 02 2021
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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Wed May 26 2021
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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Mon May 17 2021
5

Brilliant.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Not much to say, classic Blur.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Det kan jeg godt lide

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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

Perfect

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

oh, i know song 2 haha

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Mon Oct 04 2021
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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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Fab! Classic. Loved it!

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Wed Feb 09 2022
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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Tue Feb 22 2022
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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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

Espeso

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Fri Mar 25 2022
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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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

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

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

really enjoyed this. good album and will listen again

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Sat Apr 16 2022
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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Tue May 17 2022
5

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

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Mon Jun 13 2022
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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Sat Jun 25 2022
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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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Удивительно странный, но очень классный альбом.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
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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Fri Aug 05 2022
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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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

Beautiful

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Liked

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Sat Sep 10 2022
5

This is 1000 times better than that twee stuff they farted out when Britpop was a thing. (In England, mind you. Here in Oz we liked Oasis, but Blur and Pulp? Nah.) It rocks in places, there is homage paid to psychedelic Beatles, and a couple of tracks score quite highly on the weird shit-o-meter. Great stuff. Much better than I thought it would be. Woohoo!

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

I see it now!

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

uh uh

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

Brilliant, really reminds me of being a teenager back when it was out. Some big hits (in the UK at least), including song 2, but i think some of the lo-fi low key tracks are my favourites.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

I love this album definitely blurs best one of their longest but the only one that doesn’t drag for a minute. Obviously (like most albums) the album is known for a couple of hits starting with the 1,2 punch of the drowning beetlebum followed by song 2 a mockery of grunge that actually sounds like the best grungy song of the 1990’s. M.O.R (like what it stands for) is a middle of the road track that stolen so much from David Bowie that blur had to add him as a writer. On your own is the ultimate party with one of the catchiest choruses on the album. All of this happens within the first 5 songs so on the surface level this could be seen as front loaded but some of these non singles really make this album special in particular : You’ve got the beautiful you’re so great filled to to the brim with little crackles and pops like it’s been on a record player. Death of a party provides a dark side to the album that only gets more prominent as time goes on, with a riveting bass line and a darkly memorable hook. Strange news from another star reminds me of early 70’s David bowie and serves as my personal favourite track; the track ends in a rampaging march intro the punky moving on before going into the spoken word closer Essex dogs a very off putting but unique song. The other tracks certainly each provide a new layer to the album and blurs career going away from a greater but catchy Britpop singles act to a dark album track act showing their verity in a consistent album definitely deserves a 5!

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

9/10 there’s some really, really good moments here I did get a little bored with the pop but I really loved it for the most part

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Mon Oct 12 2020
4

Decent Blur changing track. Some memorable tunes.

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Fri Nov 20 2020
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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Tue Jan 12 2021
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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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

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

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

liked more than i thought i would

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

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

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

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

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Love Damon Albarn. Love this album.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Cool rock album. Very much like!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Lots of memories with this great album

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Wed Jan 13 2021
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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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Blur is great. That is all.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Good Brit pop rock sound nice good yes

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Hell yeah! Enjoyable! 4 stars!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

cover hard u passend zum sound

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Wed Feb 10 2021
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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Wed Feb 10 2021
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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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 01 2021
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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Mon May 17 2021
4

Rock alternativo. Un megahit.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

¿El mejor de ellos?

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

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

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Thu May 27 2021
4

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

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

catchy

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Good, but really long

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

For Luke x

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Great stuff from one of my fave bands

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Yup, another classic

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

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

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Sun Feb 14 2021
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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Sat Mar 27 2021
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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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Exciting, rock and still very blur

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Beetle bum and Song 2 are both classics

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Tue Apr 20 2021
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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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

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

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Top top top! A réécouter

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Solid 90s rock.

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Sat May 15 2021
4

Energetic retro FIFA music

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Sat May 08 2021
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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Sun May 16 2021
4

Good stuff. Felt like the 90s again

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Mon May 10 2021
4

headbanging

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Tue May 11 2021
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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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Great album

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

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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Wed May 12 2021
4

freaking rad man! Real easy listening, good vibes!

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

til blur is really fun

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

Incredible record, a great band in a great moment

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Glad I finally listened to this.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

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

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Sat Jul 31 2021
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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Mon Aug 02 2021
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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Tue Aug 03 2021
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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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

I prefer Parklife. But Beetlebum is great.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Woo-hoo!

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

4/5

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

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

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

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

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Mon Sep 06 2021
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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Fri Sep 10 2021
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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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Better than Definitely Maybe

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Fri Oct 08 2021
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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Fri Oct 08 2021
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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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

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

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Thu Oct 28 2021
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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Wed Nov 10 2021
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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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

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

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

amazing production

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

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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Sun Nov 28 2021
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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Mon Nov 29 2021
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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Mon Dec 20 2021
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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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Love

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Mon Jan 03 2022
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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Tue Jan 04 2022
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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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

A classic

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

WOO HOO

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

90s nostalgia

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

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

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Woooohooo

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

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

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

It was all a blur

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Sun Jan 30 2022
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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Tue Feb 01 2022
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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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

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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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Nisu Oasis. Šta da im ja radim

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Fri Feb 04 2022
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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Sun Feb 20 2022
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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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

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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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

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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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

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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Sun Mar 06 2022
4

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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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

This album is better than it should be

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

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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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

always a favorite

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

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

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

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

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

4/5

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

WUHOOOOO

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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

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

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Worth it for Song 2 alone

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Sun May 01 2022
4

It's good

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Sat May 14 2022
4

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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Wed May 18 2022
4

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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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

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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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

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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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

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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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

woo hoo

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

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

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

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

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

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

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

Loving brit pop at the moment and this is another classic

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

Really enjoyed this one.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

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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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

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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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

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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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

I like the new direction Blur went on this record. This along with Parklife are probably their best albums. I would say something like 3.7 but gonna round up because Blur is awesome. 4/5

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

I like this album a lot. I can hear the old school influences like David Bowie and The Beatles and more contemporary bands like Pavement. But I'm also getting a stronger, more specific POV from this band than on Modern Life is Rubbish, which I liked but couldn't love. After yesterday's Aretha, I'm feeling stingy with my 5s but I'd give this a solid 4.5 if I could.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

I was more drawn to the earlier tracks than the later, in general. Even so, it held on for a four.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Like it

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

It was the first time my daughter heard this album. She really dug Song #2.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Good tunes, stagnated a bit towards the end

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Much less cheeky-chappie than their other albums, and better for it, even if it's not quite as catchy.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Nella sfida tra Blur e Oasis, vincono gli Oasis

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Loved the album! Surprisingly, haha. I have somehow missed out on the entire second wave of brittish invasion. Only associated it with oasis, a band I can't stand unfortunately (or not). Had heard of song 2 of course but the entire album I'd actually good. Didn't care too much for Chinese bombs though.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Blur maakt mij altijd wel wat blij. Hun muziek is zeer gevarieerd, en tof om te luisteren

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

This apparently marks a departure from Britpop into a more alternative/indie rock influence. I like it better than the Britpop I’ve heard, so I’d say that change was a good move. Good variety, from Beatles influenced Beetlebum to the harder hitting, almost grungy Song 2, to the weirdness that Albarn would later take into Gorillaz. Great balance of experimentation while maintaining good songwriting. However, the second half of the album does slip quite a bit. Ultimately, the weaker second half knocks it down to a 4/5. Top Tracks: - Beetlebum – Chill and interesting track. - Song 2 – Highest energy and rockiness from the album. - Theme From Retro – Interesting space/psychedelic rock almost instrumental. - You’re So Great – Nice acoustic love song. - Death of a Party – Spacy track about the damage done by partying lifestyle.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

I like Blur. This is more of the same however more mature and perhaps with half an eye on the Gorillaz? What else is there to say.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

bien! te amo damon 8/10

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Damon Albarn is still a fave

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Song 2 Beetlebum, country sad ballad man, on your own, death of a party, Essex dog MOR, theme from retro, strange news from another You're so great, Chinese bombs , movin on I'm just a killer for your love La guitarra y los recursos sonoros son impresionantes

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

It is a great shame that Song 2 has been added to every sports broadcast in the world ever because it's a great song that's been ruined by overplaying. That said I love Blur and pretty much everything they've done. This album was a bit of a shift from the previous 3 and shows a little more maturity which I like. Solid effort 4 stars.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Yet another band I hadn't heard much from, except for the radio hit "Song 2". I liked it - solid 4/5.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

4 stars. I would like this album on vinyl. Surprising amount of good songs

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Excellent experience. "Song 2" is a modern classic. It's catchy and raucously fun and so memorable. If you were alive in the 1990's or ever watched atleast 5 movies from the 90's (because I wager that 1 in every 5 had this song in it) then you heard this song and thought it was sick. Unfortunately I don't think any other song on the record comes even close to it. "Beetlebum", the opener, is funny and definitely interesting and is the second-most played song on the album, but doesn't capture that magic that "Song 2" does. "Theme from Retro" is trippy in both writing and production. It sounds cool and is a nice contrast from the first 4 tracks as it sounds nothing like them while also remaining consistent inside their overall sound. "Death of a Party" is also similar- as it stands out with some sounds that are foreign to the rest of the record but not so far that it is an unwelcome contrast. Overall I enjoyed it. 4/5 I think? Maybe like a 3.9. It sounds great and is dynamic, but man am I just constantly reminded that nothing on the record comes close to one single song. Is that a bad thing? That a solid band happened to write an incredible song? That sounds like a good thing right?

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Va marcar el punt d'inflexió en la carrera de Blur. Acostumats que estàvem als hits brillants i estiuencs, van sorprendre amb un disc complicat, experimental -dins el pop, rebuscat i complexe. Al seu moment em va decebre i va servir perquè perdés la pista de la banda en els anys que els hi van quedar fins la dissolució. Ara, però, cal dir que és un disc que creix i que conté música més interessant, com a disc complet, que la qual havien editat fins aquell moment. Requereix el seu temps i paciència, però la conclusió final és que cal admetre que és un treball brillant

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

song 2 is here but this album is just ok

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Tue May 25 2021
3

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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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

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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Mon Oct 19 2020
3

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

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Mon Jan 04 2021
3

It’s blur baby!

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Mon Nov 23 2020
3

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

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Some songs was nice some was not as nice

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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

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