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Grows on you,
This review is from: The Great Escape (Audio CD)
With the success of 'Parklife' you would be forgiven in thinking that Blur would take a step back to have a break and enjoy the high life like most of their peers. There was partying aplenty but they also kept on recording and this album is the result. Given the clout to demand brass sections and orchestras in combination with hangovers this album should be terrible but it's not. What strikes me most it that despite caning it big style they couldn't help themselves but produce amazing music. Much more dense than 'Parklife' this repays listening in a way that they haven't matched since. It's hard to pick a particular member to praise as they are all so good. Damon and Grahams songs are so strong for the most part. Alex's bass and Daves drums are simply stellar. Listen to the interplay on 'Fade Away' from Grahams dissonant slide down the guitar into the Daves powerful drums and Alex and Grahams spy-theme riffing and tell me that's not genius. It was good the trend was for songwriting which I think they more than matched but they were shooting for the stars musically and I think it was all a bit too much for the audience at the time. My favourite Blur album by miles.