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Not His Best Effort,
This review is from: Happiness In Magazines (Audio CD)
Throughout the many years of Blur's existence I have always been a big fan of Graham Coxon's contributions to the best British band since the Smiths. Nevertheless, Im afraid to say that Im not a huge fan of his latest solo record. Having read many Amazon reviews and after listening to the samples of the songs, I was pretty pumped to pick up the CD. Now, after having given the album a few listens, Im surprisingly nonplussed. Its not that its a bad album but maybe I just expected more. To me it's almost Blur light...or worse yet "the poor man's Blur".
While Graham seems to have gained alot of confidence in his singing over the last few solo efforts, the songs are a bit of a disappointment. To me, his best solo album was the first, "The Sky Is Too High". The honesty and raw emotional delivery of the songs made a big impact on me and allowed me to see a whole new side of the Blur axeman and songwriter.
Now after a few more albums of experimentation and sometimes weird music, Graham seems to have decided to take a safer route. This is a much more pop oriented album but I dont use the word pop in meaning that it is music that must inherently be more shallow and less fulfilling. Pop music can still be innovative and daring, and I would argue that the best pop music always broke new ground and took risks. Unfortunately with the music on Happiness In Magazines, Im not hearing much of that.