|3. Coffee And TV|
|4. Swamp Song|
|8. Mellow Song|
|11. Trimm Trabb|
|12. No Distance Left To Run|
|13. Optigan I|
13 contains a variety of styles, just like most other Blur albums. You get gospel on Tender, lo-fi on Bugman, Britpop on Coffee & TV, glam rock with Swamp Song, gloomy krautrock on 1992, punk on BLUREMI, trip hop on Trailerpark and even some sort of silent movie music on Optigan 1.
One song worthy of mention is Battle. Blur take all of Radiohead's Bends and OK Computer production "cliches" and turn them inside out then sling them into outer space. A seven minute track with a trippy beat, a mathmatical sounding keyboard, blaring distortion and mellow vocals. Sounds like it wouldn't work in theory, but it does. And how!
William Orbit produced this, and has done a good job of it. Each of the songs is thick with texture, emotion, experimentation and guitars. Damon sings with his heart on his sleeve, sleep in his eyes and a lump in his throat. Songs like "No Distance Left to Run" are heartbreaking to listen to, and the screaming vocals at the end of "Trimm Trabb" are Damon's angriest to date.
Graham's guitar is the best ever. It's genius. He does conventional, he does wacky, he does angry, he does spooky, he does mellow, he does intimate, he does shaky. It's all on here.
There are cool studio jams tacked onto the end of songs. There is white noise, brown noise, subliminal voices telling you to go to sleep, distortion, computer beeps and clicks, guitars that wail and gurgle like alien beasts, car engines firing up, Japanese crowds calling Blurs name, duck voiced aliens singing choruses. I could go on and on and on. Lots of weird sonic stuff here. There is so much stuff on this album that everytime I listen to it I hear something new, and I have listened to it a lot! With all the detail you will never get sick of the songs.
Not recommended for new Blur fans. This is unusual stuff, and Blur haven't quite done an album like it. If you like music by Radiohead, Yes, early King Crimson or Can, you should love this.
Easily 5 stars!