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Modern Life Is Rubbish Import

4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 16 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002USH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
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1. For Tomorrow
2. Advert
3. Colin Zeal
4. Pressure On Julian
5. Star Shaped
6. Blue Jeans
7. Chemical World (Includes Hidden Track 'Intermission')
8. Sunday Sunday
9. Oily Water
10. Miss America
11. Villa Rosie
12. Coping
13. Turn It Up
14. Resigned (Includes Hidden Track 'Commercial Break')
15. Pop Scene - Blur
16. Resigned - Blur
17. Commercial Break - Blur
18. When The Cows Come Home (Bonus Track)
19. Peach (Bonus Track)

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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.

Expanded across two discs, the LP format of the Modern Life Is Rubbish remaster is cut on heavyweight 180 gram, audiophile vinyl and housed in a replica of the original sleeve artwork.

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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When I was 14, had been into music for only short time, my tastes mostly influenced by my older sisters record collection. She was a major brit pop fan, and I became hooked on her two blur albums, "The Great Escape" and "Parklife". Desiring more I searched out a copy of this album, the first that would ever been 'my' cd. 6 years on my tastes have changed and blur are no longer the main staple of my musical diet. However the other day i picked up this record and gave it another spin. Surprisingly it stayed in my stereo of a few days. All considering, no blur album was that great, though "Modern Life Is Rubbish" and "Parklife" were they're best offerings by far.
"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.
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By A Customer on Nov. 3 2001
Format: Audio CD
Forget about the lame excuse for a debut Leisure was, as Modern Life Is Rubbish is where Blur, & more importantly Britpop, has really begun. I think that Blur is one of the few bands in the world who managed to release three successive albums all in the same vein (Modern Life Is Rubbish, Parklife & The Great Escape) without sounding redundant or repetitious. With an intro song reminiscent of "For Tomorrow" it really is hard to miss, & the album never quite does. All of the songs here are catchy, noisy, exuberant & fun to listen to- Just the way Britpop's supposed to sound. Unlike voluntary rivals Oasis Blur's lyrics (Or more accurately, Damon's lyrics) were throughout the entire trilogy listed above focused, poignant & furthermore- They really managed to seize those ickle insipid moments in life so exquisitely, which is something Noel Gallagher's easilyrhymed, predictable couplets could never compete with. "Intermission" & "Commercial Break" are classic Blur travesties (There's @ least one on each of their albums so give heed), whilst "Miss America" is delightfully enjoyable, albeit somewhat eerie ("Jemima ho ho"? This line ain't gonna leave my head for a month or so!). Standout tracks are the aforementioned "For Tomorrow", "Colin Zeal" & "Star Shaped"; However my personal favourite would just have to be "Sunday Sunday", a song you just have to be thoroughly stupid, demented or deaf to not like.
(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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the little i've heard from blur's true first album, "leisure", i did not like, and many will agree that "modern life is rubbish", being so markedly different, is their first recording of true significance. maybe that's harsh, but it's also a testament to how good this record is. not as immediately enjoyable as "parklife", and not as complex as "the great escape", their other two "british" releases, "mlir" accomplishes a quasi-perfect balance that mapped out their musical direction for the next 3 years. the songs here all reek of british culture and that's a good thing, because albarn paints wonderful pictures of british life through his characters' words. as many have pointed out, blur was undergoing a sort of image makeover as they'd grown sick of the madchester, shoegazing scene that my bloody valentine and the stone roses had made so popular. this album, in many ways, ushered in the brit-pop sound of the 90s - that's a tremendous feat given blur's insignificance and the fact that critics ignored them at the time. songs like "chemical world", maybe the best here, bring back the meaningful pop hook-chorus days of the 60s, and incorporate the musical weirdnesses of bowie and the kinks. the first 9 tracks on the album are great and never let up, especially "for tommorow" and "star shaped". there's that genuine brit-feel i was talking about. the latter half of the album sags a little, but there are interesting tracks that recapture the spirit of the earlier songs, like "villa rosie" and "popscene". this is certainly an important album for blur fans and those interested in the roots of current brit-pop. casual fans of blur may not be thrilled with the album though, because it is difficult to grasp without giving it ample time to sink in, much like "great escape" and even "13".
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