|2. SONG 2|
|3. COUNTRY SAD BALLAD MAN|
|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|
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.
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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