Before we pass any judgements on this album we need to remember that it was not made by the same Blur that we have been used to,this was made with out Graham Coxon(for the most part)and when a guitar orientated band looses their guitarist then the sound is bound to be different. When you first hear it you will no doubt resent the fact that Blur have a completley different sound, this one is more of a European sound than Brit-pop and the lyrics are more mature(no more very big houses in the country). But after a while you realise that the songs get better and better with every listening and it wont be long before this becomes your new favourite album. This is a great album in its own right and it seems unfair to compare it with some of Blurs earlier work because now that they have lost their guitarist it is true to say that they are in a way a new band.
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