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This review is from: Love Travels At Illegal Speeds (Audio CD)
I was never a huge fan of Blur but I did like the single that Graham sang on - 'Coffee and TV'. I'd heard a few good things about his solo output and bought 'Happiness in Magazines' which I thought was pretty good but a bit hit and miss. It was good enough anyway for me to give this album a go and I'm glad I did because it really is fantastic. It's absolutely full of ideas and raw energy. I heard a rumour he played all the instruments himself - I don't know how true that is but it would make sense as the music just sounds really compact and finely tuned.
Don't be too put off if I say this reminds me of Elvis Costello or The Jam - it's more in the attitude and what I can probably only call 'Britishness' than the music itself. There is a kind of 'mod', sixties/seventies, intelligent punk charm to it all. I put the cd on during a stag weekend recently and had everyone converted within about 10 minutes. Because it just distills about 30 years of music history into 13 quality tracks. This guy is a genuine talent and I really hope this is the first sign of him hitting his peak. Another album like this and he'll officially be a national treasure...