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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A step ahead of 'brit-pop', this is a new sound for Blur.
It is likely that the majority of Blur fans who purchased this album as soon as it was released were, like me, expecting more of the fun, catchy tunes that featured on Parklife and The Great Escape. However, what we got was something entirely different. This album on first listen seems to feature a much darker sound, which was hinted at in the later tracks of The...
Published on 4 April 2000

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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slow-burner, and shame some of the songs aren't good.
Blur were a great band. They released fantastic albums in the 90s, and are still doing it now. At first listen, "Blur" seems like a great record. "Beetlebum" is quite a dark anthem, far removed from the likes of "Parklife", "Song 2" is more like it, full-on, catch-it-as-it-is rock than anyone can enjoy. "Country Sad Ballad Man", while it takes a while to be liked, is...
Published on 1 Jan. 2006 by Mojo


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A step ahead of 'brit-pop', this is a new sound for Blur., 4 April 2000
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This review is from: Blur (Audio CD)
It is likely that the majority of Blur fans who purchased this album as soon as it was released were, like me, expecting more of the fun, catchy tunes that featured on Parklife and The Great Escape. However, what we got was something entirely different. This album on first listen seems to feature a much darker sound, which was hinted at in the later tracks of The Great Escape. But to simply label this sound 'dark' is not to do it credit. The more you listen to the album, the less dense and 'pretentious' (as it has been labelled) it will seem. Aside from Song 2, the majority of this album has an almost acoustic feel, and yet this seems to actually increase the impact of the songs: For, without a doubt, the standard of songwriting on this album is as high if not higher than it has ever been. Songs such as 'Country Sad Ballad Man' and the heart-renderingly beautiful 'On Your Own' highlight Damon Albarn's ability to write tracks that really stand up over time. This is the point of this album. On first listen it doesn't immediately impress. However, after a few listens, the quality becomes clearer and clearer. For me, this is Blur's finest album to date, because it manages to avoid all the 'brit-pop' and rock clichés which they used to good effect in their previous albums. If 'Song 2' is all you have heard of this album, you may be surprised when you hear the album for the first time, but it is well worth the effort of a few more listens instead of discarding it immediately. All in all, I would thoroughly recommend this album to any music lover, and although some might disagree with a rating of 5 stars, no album is perfect, and to give it 4 stars doesn't do this beaufiful record justice. Listen...and enjoy.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Finest, 3 May 2003
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This album is stunning.
End of.
Where most would assume that after their admittedly somewhat commercial 'The Great Escape' Blur would return with yet more indiepop, but they infact came back with a harder, almost haunting sound that one associates with their later releases.
The fact is that although songs such as 'Parklife' and 'There's No Other Way' may be accesible to the masses, songs such as 'Beetlebum' and 'I'm Just A Killer...' must be regarded as far more representative of Blur's talent.

Of course, many people look no further than 'Song 2' when listening to this work, even the no1 hit 'Beetlebum' is rarely mentioned these days. In fact all the tracks here are great; the other two singles, 'MOR' and 'On Your Own' are fantastically worked and deserve higher praise, but the real gems are harder to find in the form of 'Strange News From Another Star', 'Death Of A Party' and 'Country Sad Ballad Man'. These tracks all exist on a lower ebb complimentary to the feeling of the times and shows blur in an all new light, adding depth and diversity to their already critically acclaimed back catalogue.
Overall this album is, for me, not only Blur's most accomplshed work but also a greater addition to a record collection than 'What's The Story' by Oasis (the other great album of the time).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCEPTIONAL, 12 Feb. 2000
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I would say this this is Blur's Revolver, but to imply that 'Blur' is anything but a unique offering from a great band and that it cannot stand on it's own merits would be to do it a great disservice. Adroitly slipping the bonds of their Brit-pop past, here is an album of extraordinary creativity. Few bands have the genius to completely reinvent themselves in the way Blur do here, with songs of such beauty ('Essex Dogs', 'Beetlebum'), power ('Chinese Bombs', 'Song 2'), and spirit ('On Your Own', 'Movin' On') that you can't help but be completely affected by what's on offer, and get the feeling this was a special time creatively for Blur as a band. Each song is so much an onion, layer upon layer, that there's enough to keep you enthralled for years, and even then you'll never forget these wonderful tracks. The very best Blur.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic in every respect, 21 April 2001
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neilb1984 (Inverness, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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The moment that you here the brilliantly atmospheric opener "beetlebum" you can fully appreciate why it went to number one. With that song you are set up for a bewildering array of styles, from the rocking "song 2" to the moody and sombre "I'm just a killer for your love". Albarns vocal talents are fully exposed on all the tracks, most noticably "beetlebum", where he combines silky yet spiteful vocals. His lyrical abilities are also on display, along with Coxons inspired lead guitar and solo's. The only negative points about this album is that a couple of the songs, noticeably "strange news from another star" and "essex dogs" are not as accomplished as the rest of the tracks. On the whole though, this album is brilliant with some classic songs and guitar riffs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary., 17 April 2009
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The Britpop bubble was about to burst by 1997. Blur's previous album, The Great Escape, was a slightly watered-down but still impressive rehash of their previous two; the bona-fide classics Modern Life Is Rubbish and Parklife (the latter their best album in this writer's opinion). Times were changing and it was time for a change of direction for all the Britpop bands.

With Damon Albarn finally listening to Graham Coxon's advice for once, the album is an experimental, eclectic, fascinating torrent of inspiration. Despite lasting all of 57 minutes, the album seems to breeze by in an instant as the band hops from one style to another.

Coxon's love of hardcore punk comes through on the band's big hit, 'Song 2.' His experimentation on the guitar crackles through 'Movin' On' and 'Country Sad Ballad Man,' while he is even allowed a lead vocal on the quite lovely 'You're So Great.' Albarn, meanwhile, is equally on top of his game, writing the sarcastic Britpop 'classic' 'Look Inside America' with ease as well the wonderfully sinister 'Death Of A Party,' addressing the incoming Britpop comedown.

Whilst not their weirdest work, and not quite their best, Blur's self-titled album is an extraordinary piece of work that any self-respecting music fan should investigate.

Unless you prefer Oasis.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most criminally underrated album of the 1990's, 20 Mar. 2001
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Ahhh 1997... the year of U2s shocking Discotheque and the spice girls. The year music finally went over-commercial. So how ironic, that perhaps the most popular band in the previous two years decided to go totally non-commercial. And 'Blur' is the result. An exceptional album from an exceptional band. The opener "beetlebum" still after four years of play, sends shivers down my spine. I doubt that you haven't heard the grungy brilliance that is "song 2". Country Sad Ballad Man relives the life of 60's star PJ Proby, a very, very laid back tune, it could perhaps be the older sibling of "trailerpark" on following album 13. M.O.R is another blinding track, although the remix that was released as a single was a hundred times better. On Your Own, is one of the best songs on the album and maybe it should have been a bigger success as a single than it was. Theme from retro is the song that sums up the difference between "Blur" and previous albums "Leisure", "Modern life is Rubbish", "Parklife" and "The Great Escape". This song belongs on 13. So experimental its unreal, hard to listen to at first. Next comes Graham's first effort on vocals (except from a dire B-side) on You're So Great, again this is the natural predecessor to what became "Coffee + TV" on 13. All in all this is a supurb album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOO-HOO!, 18 Aug. 2012
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An excellent album from Blur. Its the first part of their move away from the stupid 'Britpop' and in to more experimental territory.

The drug themed 'Beetlebum' starts things off brilliantly. Standout tune 'Song 2' is explosive rock with its stab at Grunge. Other standouts include the Graham Coxon sung 'You're So Great', the drifting acoustic of 'Strange News From Another Star', fast paced head banger 'Chinese Bombs', the catchy 'M.O.R' and the dark electo of 'Death Of A Party'. Its a very varied album and shows how Blur can develop into new areas with ease.

Damon Albarn's lyrics are excellent and gone is the almost joke like feel that early songs carried. Coxon's playing is excellent, and the powerhouse rhythm section of Alex James and Dave Rowntree is as good as it gets.

An excellent album.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 3 Mar. 2007
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From the opening chug of Beetlebum to the final weirdness of Essex Dogs this is the most accomplished blur album of all time making it possibly the best album ever committed to tape.

Sounds hinted at in the Great Escape (He Thought Of Cars, Globe Alone) are brought to the fore, and some of the craziness of Seymour (Blurs incarnation, know for there mental art rock) is mixed with some of the best song writing ever, with Grahams Your So Great pointing towards the awesome Sky Is Too High.

After this Blur had no rules, and could create anything... and did with the less focused 13
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Blurred feelings for this one!, 15 Jun. 2000
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Blur's last album, The Great Escape, was a bit of a dissapointment. I believe it was more of a commercial album in at the time of the Blur V Oasis thing. This Album is something special. Its veried and vibrant. There are the energetic lively songs (M.O.R., On Your Own and the fantastic Look Inside America) to the more twisted (almost) like (Theme From Retro and Essex Dogs) 'darker' songs (Like Death of The Party) and just some great ones like Beetlebum and Song Number 2.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album by far, 7 Jun. 2000
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After a disapointing 4th album blur went back to playing want they wanted to play. Graham streached his guiter to the limit to find the sound he wanted and Alex's bass line are out of this world. I think the singles are class but i think the best song's are look inside america and country sad balled man 'Masterpice'
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