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on 5 August 2009
Anyone lucky enough to have seen Blur's reunion gigs will know these songs sounded fantastic, For tomorrow,Advert and Oily Water. The truth is they could have played this whole album and it would have gone down with as much enthusiasm. It is a real toss up whether this or Parklife are the best of the consistent timeless Blur. Listen to this and make your own mind up but if your not to sure about this album, don't hesitate, you will not be dissapointed.
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on 24 July 2013
different to the the first shoe-gazey, art rock whirl of their debut, this album is the start of their trademark sound that we all know and love. Albarn rambles on about life in the city throughout the album and adopts a more observational style of lyrics, with characters being the themes of songs. Featuring very kinks-esque influences and catchy, sing-along choruses, even if the lyrics are just "la la la". Coxon's stabby, punchy and sometimes warm guitar riffs shine so bright on this album album that it could very well burn a hole straight through your CD player. Its Parklife's more timid sibling but is just as punchy. This album is Alex James's favourite Blur album and it could very well be yours.

9/10

Favourite songs: Advert, for tomorrow, coping, Sunday Sunday, Colin zeal
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on 8 January 2010
Modern Life is Rubbish. A whole album about.... how modern life is a bit naff. Great lyrics which you just have to agree with, very good music work and a great message to be putting out to the world. Food processors are great!
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on 13 December 1999
Have to agree. This is Blur's best effort, a real sing-along delight packed with tunes and melodies. I used to hate the sleeve art, but then I changed my mind.
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Modern Life Is Rubbish, but that word rubbish cannot be used when describing this excellent album from the Blur boys!Every track on this album is nothing but pure quality.The songs showcase many of Blur's influences and styles we have all come to know and love, ranging from feel good quirky pop,hard edged indie and a sprinkling of sounds of the mod persuasion.Modern Life Is Rubbish,acts almost as a prelude to what Blur were to become in the proceeding years of the Park Life and Great Escape era, nevertheless this album never loses its alternative cutting edge feel.Even after an incredible eight years on fom when the album was released back in 1993, none of the songs sound dated or inferior when compared to what other guitar based bands are churning out today.One could say Damon and co have created a timeless indie classic, and I concur wholeheartedly with my fellow reviewers, Modern Life Is Rubbish goes a long way in exhibiting Blur at their brilliant best.Often overlooked by critics in favour of Parklife and some of Blur's later studio recordings, Modern Life Is Rubbish is essential listening if Blur is your poison, or if you just have the urge to listen to wonderfully crafted guitar driven indie music that has melody, passion and a bit of attitude thrown in for good measure, give this gem a spin and discover Blur's sentiments on modern life.
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on 23 March 2009
I originally had this album on tape, but decided to also buy it on CD.

It is my favourite blur album, definitely worth buying.
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on 13 September 2013
'Modern Life Is Rubbish' suffered from '2nd album syndrome' and, for some reason, the public just didn't really connect with it en masse and the singles released failed to hit the Top 10. However, many of the excellent tracks on this LP such as 'For Tomorrow' and 'Chemical World' are firm favourites with the fans (and the band for that matter) and this collection is definitely worth checking out.
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on 29 May 2014
Whilst 'Leisure', their debut, provides easy early nineties indie listening and a couple of gems in "sing" and "birthday" - here is the beginning of Blur finding their eclectic and ever-shifting unique sound. Have owned for many years, my opinion is the same now as it was then - an enjoyable album but not consistently great as their albums hereafter will prove to be, but worthy of having if you are ever looking to complete your Blur collection. "For tomorrow', 'Chemical World' and "Sunday, Sunday" are the obvious blueprint numbers for their Magnus opus released the following year, but the touching acceptance of passive blandness in a relationship is bliss of "Blue Jeans"; the jangly, low fi, subtle two fingers up to America of 'Miss America' that musically would fit nicely on their 1997 eponymous album (knowingly ironic, the response on that album is that actually America is "alright" - well it was the Clinton years), the pure pop of 'Turn it up' and the down tones and screeching background guitars of the plodding ennui of "resigned" - more reflected where Blur's true genius lay.
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on 31 July 2015
Item arrived on time and as described. Thanks.
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on 15 August 2014
Bought as gift, recipient very pleased !
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