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Modern Life Is Rubbish Import
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|9. Oily Water|
|10. Miss America|
|11. Villa Rosie|
|13. Turn It Up|
|14. Resigned (Includes Hidden Track 'Commercial Break')|
|15. Pop Scene - Blur|
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One of the most successful and enduring bands the UK has ever produced Blur need no introduction, their 20 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK No 1 albums speak for themselves.
21 years on from their debut album Leisure, Blur have now come of age and to celebrate this milestone the Blur 21 campaign will present all seven of their studio albums expanded - and the first five remastered - for the first time on 2CD and LP, together with a 21 disc super deluxe box set charting the history of one the UK's most important bands. Personally compiled by the band, these editions and boxed sets are due for release by Parlophone on July 31, 2012.
To celebrate the 21st anniversary of their debut release, Blur's classic follow-up album Modern Life Is Rubbish has now been remastered from the original tapes by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division), with the remastering overseen by legendary original producer, Stephen Street.
The Modern Life Is Rubbish Special Edition finally unites the non-album single Popscene (which was recorded whilst tracks from the album were being demo'ed) with a Blur studio album. Also included in the accompanying bonus disc are all the Popscene, For Tomorrow and Chemical World b-sides (amongst which are nestled the Visit To Primrose Hill Extended Version of For Tomorrow, a reworked version of Chemical World and a cover of the Rod Stewart classic Maggie May. Completing the bonus disc are the b-sides to The Sunday Sunday Popular Community Song CD, (the official title of the main Sunday Sunday single release), the music-hall style covers of Daisy Bell and Let's All Go Down The Strand.
The Modern Life Is Rubbish Special Edition is housed in a deluxe lift-off lid box with four exclusive Blur artwork postcards and an expanded booklet that includes previously unseen photos and liner notes based on a brand new interview with all the band members.
Blur's second album saw them finding their feet just before they suddenly went supernova. In songs like "Chemical World", they started developing the themes of everyday British life that would follow them to their Parklife era. "Sunday Sunday" provided its own blueprint for the Britpop scene, showing the traditional Sunday dinner with the family for what it really is ("You gather the family round the table and eat enough to sleep"), while "Advert" follows in the spirit of Blur's musical ancestors (art school punks and mods). "Blue Jeans", meanwhile, demonstrates that Damon Albarn has always had a talent for writing delicate, sad ballads. Modern Life Is Rubbish deserves to be heard, not only to show how much Blur changed over the years, but because it still stands up and holds its own against anything they came up with later in their career. --Emma Johnston
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"For Tomorrow" always seems a very emotional song to me. I'm not sure if its simply that it brings back memories of things that now seem a life ago, or the song its self, but nonetheless it has an effect on me. The imagery recalling childhood (i'm an ex brit) and the depressing line "holding on for tomorrow" hold exceptional emotive power, especically given Damon Albarn's lethargice vocals. In fact the first 7 tracks are nearly flawless. "Star Shaped" is boredom with the run of the mill life made music, "Blue Jeans" is perhaps the most honest and depressing brit pop song ever, while "Chemical World" is amazing, especially showing the talent of Graham Coxon on guitar.
The second half of the album shows its weakness. There something unsatisfying, even irriatating about "Sunday Sunday", to clunky, and just a mediocre tune. "Oily Water" seems like a rushed track, something brilliant in development yet never fully finished. Skip "Miss America" the intermission has more value than that.Read more ›
(The songs' chords could be found on each of the three albums' sleeve. This way you can not only play those wonderful tunes yourself, but also astonishedly realise that an appealing song needn't to be formulative.)
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After the promise of 1991's Leisure, Blur finally offer up a masterpiece of recording with their second album! Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Sakos
The Madchester scene was helpful in getting Blur a record contract, but the image that it left them dragged them down as the scene faded. Blur needed a vision. Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by Matt Poole
Not a new release by any means, but spinning in my head for good reason.
Blur's second album, released in 1993, was a direct invite into the stormy world of Britpop, which was... Read more
"Leisure"(1991)was still the product of a band in the search for their own sound(though having one of Blur's best songs-"There's no other way")and litlle... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Tezcatlipoca
As a genre, Britpop has certainly had its moments, but too many of its more noted practitioners haven't quite been able to emerge from the overwhelming shadow of their Beatles... Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by Wheelchair Assassin
Fittingly for an album that was originally going to be called "Britain vs America", this album was bastardized on its American release. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by kendall lopere
there's so much to absorb on this double LP it may be a little off-putting unless you really give yr undivided attention to it (headphones would be a good idea). Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2003
I will not reiterate what has already be said. With that in mind I have but one comment about this album. I came to like blur very late and first bought the "best of... Read morePublished on April 25 2003 by Cancer
If you cant choose what Blur CD to get, GET THIS ONE! I love it so much I had to learn every song on the piano. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2003