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  • Audio CD (Feb. 18 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wb / Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000000WDA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. BEETLEBUM
2. SONG 2
3. COUNTRY SAD BALLAD MAN
4. M.O.R.
5. ON YOUR OWN
6. THEME FROM RETRO
7. YOU'RE SO GREAT
8. DEATH OF A PARTY
9. CHINESE BOMBS
10. I'M JUST A KILLER FOR YOUR LOVE
11. LOOK INSIDE AMERICA
12. STRANGE NEWS FROM ANOTHER STAR
13. MOVIN' ON
14. ESSEX DOGS

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 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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By Matt Poole on 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.
Blur!
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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By A Customer on Jan. 6 2004
Format: Audio CD
This Band is so much better than oasis,their songs actually make sense in a freaky sort of way.
1.Beetlebum 5/5- I Love This Song,I Just Wish It Didn't Have That Long Guitar Solo In The Middle
2.Song 2 5/5- If You've Never Heard This Song,You Don't Know What You're Missing
3.Country Sad Ballad Man 3/5- Not That Cool,Good Chorus,Though
4.M.O.R. - 4/5 This Song's Pretty Good,But I Just Don't Get The Title
5.On Your Own 2/5 This One Is Absolute Filler
6.Theme From Retro 4/5 I Love The Jazz Orchestra Melody
7.You're So Great 4/5 Great,But There's That Awful Scratching In The Background
8.Death Of A Party 5/5 I Love This One,It'd Be A Good Song To Play A Halloween Party
9.Chinese Bombs 5/5 Another Wonderful Song About Chinese Stuntmen,It's Just A Little To Short (one and half minutes)
10.I'm Just A Killer For Your Love 5/5 Bet Ya Getting Tired Of Fives,Huh?
11.Look Inside America- 2/5 Always Skip This One
12.Strange News From Another Star- inaccurate / 5- I Don't Know,It's Been So Long Since I've Heard This One
13.Moving On- Inaccurate / 5- Don't Remember It,Either
14.Essex Dogs- 1/5 Kinda Freaky,Too Long (fourteen minutes)
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By A music fan on Dec 3 2003
Format: Audio CD
I might be wrong, but I really think that the problem with Blur is that any kind of music they try to play, someone plays it better.They almost invented britpop, and were about to become superstar; but there came Oasis, they lost the fight and turned alternative. And here they found Radiohead: another defeat, no contest. So now they are nothing more than a good band. Good, not great, and sometimes even overlooked, and maybe they don't really deserve it, at least judging by this album.
In fact, this is a damn good album, the best of theirs, in my opinion.
Self titled (but it's not the debut album, as often happens), it marks the passage I was just talking about before. A successful passage: almost every song has something to tell, no fillers, you can listen to it straight from the beginning to the end without skipping any track: you will get 1 hour of good music, with few disappointing moments.
Now let's rate the songs, in the hope it will be useful for those who are interested in this item.
1.Beetlebum - 8.5/10
Great opener. I love the guitar riff.
2.Song 2 - 9.5
Maybe Blur's best song, certainly the most famous. 2 minutes punk (someone says metal, I don't really think) tune: short, essential, simply beautiful
3.Country Sad Ballad Man - 8
Weird alternative lo-fi country ballad. Totally crazy
4.M.O.R. - 6
Not bad, but I don't like the backing vocals
5.On Your Own - 6.5
Just to remind you of the past britpop-era
6.Theme from Retro - 4
Instrumental track, the only which really annoys me. Unbearable. Try again.
7.You're so Great - 8
Could have been a great single, but they chose to play it very very lo-fi.
8.Death of a Party - 6
Back to the alternative side, but nothing special
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