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Blur Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
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By early 1997, British pop had become less a scene than a competition, so with this album, Blur's frontman Damon Albarn basically announced that he was withdrawing from the race, in favor of exploring other kinds of rock he'd been getting into. Most of Blur finds the band discovering the clipped structures and oblique words of American indie rock (the best hook on the album goes "woo-hoo!"), and that's a liberating strategy. Without having to exemplify England's Dreaming, Albarn can be tuneful and playful, and even when he cribs directly from his favorite records ("M.O.R." is pure Bowie, and "You're So Great" tries for Guided by Voices-style non-production), his gift for texture puts his stamp on these songs. --Douglas Wolk

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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative rebirth and possibly.... June 13 2004
By Sakos
Format:Audio CD
....their best overall album. After the revisionist fall-out following The Great Escape, Damon Albarn redirected Blur's focus towards difficult, original music that encompassed more than just English influences and brought in Americana, much to the delight of guitarist Graham Coxon. The result is 1997's Blur, an album of spacey, original, and complex music with a lo-fi edge, beating out Radiohead's OK Computer by 7 months. Standout tracks include Beetlebum, Song 2, Country Sad Ballad Man, Death of a Party, and Strange News From Another Star.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated June 1 2004
By aminor7
Format:Audio CD
Now I really don't think Blur is all that bad of a band, but they are definately overrated. If most of their music was along the lines of "Essex Dogs" and "Trailer Park" I would say they were a great band. Better than 90% of the garbage out there today, but not something I'd listen to all the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars surely the bestselling lo-fi album in history? Aug. 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
damon tries hard to bury his god-given pop sensibilities in the same way kurt cobain did on utero and with as little success. from beneath the shambolic, sludgy production shine some of blur's greatest, most infectious melodies - beetlebum, song 2, MOR, on your own are all copper-bottomed classics and in this reviwers opinion, look inside america is their most moving song to date. blur self-titled doesn't have the range of parklife or create its own world like the great escape but in its perverse relaxed/noisy way, its every bit as exhilerating. and for a mainstream rock band at the height of their success it was a very bold release. have oasis every changed direction so violently? don't be silly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unfocused March 3 2010
Format:Audio CD
Listening to Blur (the album) is like listening to music from outside the car: muffled, unfocused, messy, and confusing. Some look at the change in sound and claim brilliance. I am not one of those people. Yes, bands do need to change their sound to evolve and stay relevant. Blur, however lacks coherant songs and melodies. Only a few tracks on album #5 retain song structure and hooks: "Beetlebum" and of course the much overplayed "Song 2". The rest is a haze, a druggy mish-mash of sounds that goes nowhere.

I personally believe that Blur were the wrong band to attempt this lo-fi sound, they were much better as a pop band. There are other bands who do this better. To me, the proof in the pudding is how this stiffed in my record store days. We had "listening stations" so people could test the album before buying. Inevitably, rarely did they buy. When "Song 2" was released on a Big Shiny Tunes disc, people stopped buying this album altogether.

In the end, the sales of this album should be credited to the monstrous smash hit that was "Song 2". Without that song, the album would have completely stiffed. Personally, I liked Blur as a casual fan, but this album left me confused and disappointed. No matter how many times it was played (and believe me, we gave it a more than fair shake), it just refused to catch on with me or any of my co-workers. We did try.

Want something truly experimental and cool? Try some Kid A. Or some Trout Mask Replica. You gonna listen to A Simple Plan your whole life? But, I think this album faired well in the contemporary press reviews simply because it was the cool thing to do. I don't think any of those critics listen to the album today. I know I sure don't.

1 star, bordering on a 2.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hurrendous! Nov. 6 2005
Format:Audio CD
This just might be the worst album I've ever heard! Some of the songs on the album are not bad, such as Beetlebum, Song 2, etc. However, most of the album is incredibly depressing, annoying, and awkward. Damon Albarn's voice can sound pretty nauseating as well! I think it caused me psychological damage when I listened to it a few years ago. This was something different for Blur. They decided to experiment and try something new. Now, I usually have no problem with bands doing that. I've been impressed with what Radiohead has come up with in the past few years. However, this self-titled 1997 Blur album for the most part sounds like one big, horrible hallucination! Very poor: 1 star!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Music May 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
Blur has a very unusual style of music! They were a popular group in England and then after that, there music came to the U.S. I don't think they were as popular in America as they were in England but their music still sold a lot.
I mainly became interested in them after hearing the popular "Song 2" as being the theme song from the computer game: Fifa 98. Since I liked the song so much I wanted to know more about the artist. None of the other songs really sounded like "Song 2" and most of them were pretty weird, but I still think the album is worth a listen. I can't give a very good explanation on how their music sounds, Their just another rock band!
If "Song 2" is the only song you have heard by Blur, I think it would be best that you listen to some more of their music before you by the album and you might want to consider buying the best-of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blur Blur on Blur Jan. 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
In 1996, rumours are Blur nearly broke up. The pressures of Britpop, fame and all that went with it were proving too much. But somehow they did keep it together, and headed to Iceland to rest, regroup and record. They dropped the burdens of their Britpop image and reinvented themselves as an alternative band, a band with lo-fi sounding songs and lots of guitar noise, a more American sound, a sound that reflected Graham Coxon's musical tastes.
Along with Parklife and the Best of, this album is a great album for a new Blur fan to start with. It has everything that Blur have come to be known for. There are the poppy moments (On Your Own, MOR), the organ lead instrumental (Theme From Retro), the character song (Country Sad Ballad Man), the emotional moments (Beetlebum), the rockers (Movin' On) and of course... the very (in)famous Song 2. All of these moments are rawer than anywhere else on Blurs discs, thanks to the lofi production. It makes for Blurs heaviest sounding disc to date. Woohoo!
Though its not all like Song 2. If you get the album thinking it's going to be all like that, you're going to be dissapointed. The textures vary from the smoky atmosphere of the creepy "Death of a Party", the White Album feel of "Beetlebum", to even the tripped out Beck-style country of "Country Sad Ballad Man"
It's interesting to hear this album in hindsight. In the electronica tinged "On Your Own" you can hear the sounds and styles that Damon Albarn would later develop with Gorillaz, and Graham Coxon's scratchy song "You're So Great" points forward to his lo-fi solo career. The spacey feel, experimentation and the jamming heard on "Strange News From Another Star" and "Essex Dogs
" would be further developed on Blurs next album, 13.
A must for Blur fans!
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