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The most criminally underrated album of the 1990's,
By A Customer
This review is from: Blur (Audio CD)
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.