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  So, you wanna know all about Blur...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Blur, as we know them, were born in 1989 when the band signed to Food/EMI.
Second album Modern Life Is Rubbish reintroduced the idea that specifically English rock music could be cool, and by the time their third album, the legendary Parklife, emerged on April 25, 1994, the rest of the UK had caught up.
While defying the rumors that it would be either 1) their "dance" album or 2) their "world music" album, it is their grooviest so far, with an eclectic variety of rhythms and textures underpinning melodies to melt the heart and wobble the lower lip.
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 Blur Album Reviews
Blur – or Seymour as they were called before they recorded their first single – chose the easiest solution and did what quite a few acts had done before: throw those influences together, make sure you behave like a moron and get noticed.
It’s not surprising that nowadays this album is regarded as the pinnacle of Brit-pop, or as one of the era’s classic touchstones, because it boasts a sprawling diversity that would inspire a legion of imitators and paved the way for other top acts such as Supergrass and Elastica.
Album opener “Ambulance” is certainly also among the highlights here: trippy and completely devoid of (audible) guitar, it shows that the new approach can work, with a myriad of sounds and textures they’d never used before, not in that way.
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 Blur Album Reviews
What would become longstanding Blur weaknesses originate here (lesser second halves, by and large the singles are the best songs, and overly cluttered and chaotic arrangements), but Blur also begin to assert their strengths (vocal hooks all over the place, an ability to tackle any style and make it work) as well.
This album continues in the same dreary direction as the last album, only Blur forgot to write actual songs this time, as 13 is primarily comprised of atmospheric mood pieces and lo-fi Americanized rockers seemingly bashed out on the spot.
Blur is one of the most interesting bands of the past ten years (British or American), and since their entertaining but inconsistent albums have always been highlighted by their singles, it would stand to reason that The Best Of Blur would indeed be just that.
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 Blur (album) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blur is the fifth album by Blur, first released in 1997.
The album's style was a result of them dropping the Britpop direction that had suddenly become unhip in the wake of The Great Escape's release and turning on to lo-fi indie recordings (at Coxon's urging).
The album was a hit and proved that Blur could evolve beyond their Britpop roots.
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Although Blur had long been recognised as one of the premier bands responsible for the reinvigoration of Britpop in the 1990s, it's 1994's Parklife that truly provided the template for the entire movement.
They didn't want to make another album of joyous Mockney Britpop for the masses, they were becoming frustrated with their commercial image, hated the feuding with Oasis, and were keen to explore the kind of US rock that has inspired their later albums.
Scanning the tracklisting of Blur's greatest hits album it's hard not to reach the conclusion that the band are a little embarrassed by their earlier and even mid-career work.
www.musicfanclubs.org /blur/reviews.html   (1309 words)

 Blur biography - 8notes.com
Blur was one of the multitude of British bands who appeared in the wake of the Stone Roses, mining the same swirling, pseudo-psychedelic guitar pop, only with louder guitars.
Blur released 'Country House ', the first single from their new album, in August amidst to media attention because Albarn had the single's release moved up a week to compete with the release of 'Roll With It,' a new single from Blur's chief rivals, Oasis.
The album resulting from the sessions, Think Tank, was released in May 2003 to mostly favourable reviews and was nominated for Best British Album at the 2004 Brit awards.
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 Blur Tickets - Blur Concert Tour Schedule Show Tickets Broker
It was a completely different story in England, as Blur had a string of hit singles, including the ballad "To the End" and the mod anthem "Parklife," which featured narration by Phil Daniels, the star of the film version of the Who's Quadrophenia.
Although Blur won the battle, with "Country House" becoming the group's first number one single, they ultimately lost the war, as Oasis became Britain's biggest band with their second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, completely overshadowing the follow-up to Parklife, The Great Escape.
The album resulting from the sessions, Think Tank, was released in May 2003 to mostly favorable reviews and was nominated for Best British Album at the 2004 Brit awards.
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 Adrian's Album Reviews : Blur
Blur were fairly interesting back in 1990, 1991 - being one of the few bands that could legitimately claim to sound both baggy and shoe-gazing.
Blur survive a flop fourth single ('Popscene', although actually it was a rather spiffing tune) to find their second album NEARLY produced by Andy Partridge of XTC, only apparently, nobody liked his early mixes of several of the songs they worked on together.
Blur beat Oasis in the singles charts, 'Country House' pipping 'Roll With It' to the number one spot when both songs were released on the same day, sometime circa Autumn 1995.
www.adriandenning.co.uk /blur.html   (5830 words)

 Obscure Sound - Indie Music Blog » DISCOGRAPHY: Blur
Blur’s debut album was actually quite typical for any new band entering the British scene at the time.
Though their self-titled album is known for the over popular ‘Song 2′, it has its other great moments as well, such as the great opener in ‘Beetlebum’; or the dark ‘Death Of A Party’.
Blur was not as strong as the two prior to it, but it was still great nonetheless.
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 Blur: Parklife ---Ink Blot Magazine
Blur killed baggy, pretended to be mods, birthed Britpop, pretended to be Americans...and released some of the decade's best pop records along the way.
It was to be the last of Blur's trilogy of English Life albums, and 1997's "Song 2" made them a surprise favorite in America's football stadia.
Blur designed Parklife for mass consumption without sacrificing their blessed artfulness, a huge achievement in its own right.
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 Amazon.co.uk: Blur: Music: Blur   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
When Graham Coxon was working on this album, he was cracking up (still is) but his meltdown started at the peak of they're fame- his intention by rumour was to create something a song/album that noone liked just to try and get out of the lime light.
Beetlebum only reached number one because it was blur- the song about Albran's girlfriends heroin addiction, and what the NME critics say- the demise of Brit pop (oh so ironic, yah!) is hardly something you would want to replay as a fave unless your a stupid enough indie kid to believe all the hype.
So it may be an album that takes a while to grow on you, and there are some good songs, and there are some bad songs, Blur have still got it.
www.amazon.co.uk /Blur/dp/B000006T1P   (1414 words)

 Blur - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Blur" generally refers to the appearance of an unfocused image.
Blur: The Best Of, the above band's compilation album.
Blur (comics), a fictional superhuman also known as "The Blur".
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 the-scene: Blur and Graham Coxon
Blur was released after the battle of the bands with Oasis.
It was different from any of the Blur singles from previous years and had a predominate Beatles sound to it.
Blur were offered millions of pounds by the US Army to let them use Song 2 to launch a new Stealth Jet.
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 Ink Blot Magazine: Blur Mothership
Blur rose from the pack, establishing themselves as English guitar-pop royalty, paving the way for modern-day Britpop.
It was to be the last of Blur's trilogy of English Life albums, and the band nearly broke up in 1996.
Currently, Blur are on a year-long hiatus, save for their much anticipated performance at Scott Walker's Meltdown Festival in July 2000, during which they plan on debuting brand new material.
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 Amazon.co.uk: The Best of Blur: Music: Blur   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Opening with the chart one-two of "Beetlebum" and "Song 2" (from their eponymous creative watershed album of 1997) rather than the baggy groove of debut single "She's So High", the band's desire to accentuate their more recent efforts is obvious.
Blur have deserved the success they've received with Parklife, Great Escape, MLIR and Blur but 13 and Think Tank were both under-rated masterpieces, particularly 13 which I think is Blur's finest album.
Blur is one of the best bands of the 90's and this album is very good but to be honest, go collect the albums, theres lots of other tracks to discover that are creative, catchy and fun!
www.amazon.co.uk /Best-Blur/dp/B0000509DR   (1424 words)

 Blur Demo Album Revealed
The album was recorded by Albarn on a basic four track machine in various hotel rooms while the singer was touring with Blur in America earlier this year.
Albarn has been at pains to point out that ‘Democrazy’ is not a fully-fledged Blur record, or even the start of a third musical career as a purely solo artist, rather it’s a collection of raw demos and unformed song fragments which he hopes will give people insight into his writing techniques.
While Blur have announced a series of UK tour dates this winter (including a special gig at the Coronet Theatre) it’s also rumoured Albarn himself will play his first ever solo show on December 22 somewhere in London.
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 SECTION 3 - blur "blur"
BlurÕs latest album, eponymously titled and also their fifth, comes about one year after Oasis claimed to finally emerge victorious in what has come to be known as the Oasis/Blur Wars of the 90Õs.
This album is BlurÕs best album ever, and I predict it to be a top-pick on everyoneÕs year-ending Best of 1997 lists.
Although the album is varied it is no so varied that you canÕt listen to it all in one sitting.
www.section3.com /records/blur.shtml   (236 words)

 Blur   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Perhaps no other band has combined a spirit of restless innovation with overwhelming commercial success over the last decade to the extent that Blur has (Bjork would seem to be the only other individual artist; Radiohead, for all their acclaim, were neither particularly innovative, nor hugely popular until the late '90s).
Rumors of Blur's imminent breakup persisted throughout the recording of this album (and have continued pretty much to this day), but the only breakup occurred between Albarn and his famous girlfriend, Elastica singer Justine Frischmann.
The resulting album is messy and sprawling, as Blur albums have increasingly tended to be, offering a fascinating collision of the band's trademark glam-inspired Brit-pop with dance textures and North Africa-flavored meandering instrumentalism, while slipping in a couple of those fragile ballads and raging rockers we all love so much.
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 VH1.com : Blur : Biography - Urge Music Downloads
Initially, Blur was one of the multitude of British bands who appeared in the wake of the Stone Roses,
For the next two years, Blur struggled to distance themselves from the scene associated with the sound of their first album.
Despite Blur's clear artistic growth, "Pop Scene" didn't fit into the climate of British pop and American grunge in 1992 and failed to make an impression on the U.K. charts.
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 Amazon.com: Parklife: Music: Blur   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
And on its third album, Blur takes 30 years of cool English rock, throws it into an art-punk Cuisinart, and ends up with a masterpiece of timeless hooks and Cockney attitude.
Although Blur is heavily influenced in their music, they mold their derivative sounds together into something that sounds all their own.
Blur became household names in Britain because of this album, especially through cheerful cockney singalong sinle "Parklife", but it messed them up in terms of moving on as a band: it is also the album which was responsible for singer/writer Damon Albarn's mental breakdown.
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 Blur News - Blur Talk - Think Tank - Blur - Damon Albarn - Graham Coxon - Gorillaz - The Good The Bad and The Queen - ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
From a phone-interview with drummer Dave Rowntree last month, it's obvious that Blur is heading towards the new millennium with a different outlook on life and music.
I'm actually over the moon by it." He compared this to the production of the previous album, Blur (1997), which he felt was more like the band running a marathon, like it was the last race.
Blur had about half a year off to themselves after the promotional tour of Blur ended.
www.blurtalk.com /interview2.asp?int=26   (1153 words)

 CO.UK - BLUR - The album BLUR - lyrics
The new voice Damon and the band as a unit, was first heard on the album Blur.
Blur is an abrasive but oddly attractive record that added some great new songs to the Blur canon, including the anthemic hit "Song 2" and the mysterious "Strange News From Another Star." It also featured the first solo foray on a Blur album from Graham, the cracked melancholy "You're So Great."
Eventually he returned, and Blur merged and unmerged into the Gorrilaz to embark on an alternative, funky pop sound.
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 Blur cds, vinyl records and music albums
Blur cds and Blur records can be found on the label Food Records.
Mainstays of the British music scene (there was a point when England wondered who would be bigger, Blur or Oasis -- Blur lost) the band broke stateside in 1997 with the irresistible gem "Song 2." This was a rollicking departure from the wry, carefully constructed Brit Pop the band had already perfected.
They've continued to evolve beyond the florid psychedelia and high-octane Indie pop of past years, stretching-out their songs, dabbling in Gospel, and taking a deeper, more emotionally expressive approach to songwriting.
www.musicstack.com /item/1158342/blur/album   (684 words)

 Amazon.com: 13: Music: Blur   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
As for the rest of the album it just a horrible mess of styles thrown together to make it sound like they've been listening to the coolest albums around and that America's underground is really cool which is ironic given that this band originally wanted to go against all that.
While that album had oozing soundscapes, inventive lyrics and a sense of adventure even in dealing with some similar viewpoints (although not all)......this feels completely lazy, lyrics depressed 15 year olds would laugh at, music that doesn't really do much and not a lot much else.
The album may have lost several Blur fans in the process, but "13" is worth the money if only for the chant-along gospel pop of 'Tender' or the stellar ambient piece, 'Caramel'.
www.amazon.com /13-Blur/dp/B00000I8T8   (1942 words)

 Blur - Latest News
Blur only agreed to play the Meltdown gig at London Royal Festival Hall because they are big fans of host Scott Walker, who invited them to join the bill.
Damon has Studio 13 where Blur recorded most of their last album, and he has been in there for a while working on a number of different projects.
Blur have been enjoying some free time since the completion of their 'Singles Night' shows last December.
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 Blur: Think Tank (2003): Reviews
The veteran Britpop outfit's first new album in four years is the result of tumultuous recording sessions in Morocco with producer Fatboy Slim, which saw a growing dispute between co-founders Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon culminate in Coxon's departure from the band.
A wonderfully textured and mature album that shows they are continuing their arc of maturation and experimentation.
Blur's fourth best album (after, in order, Blur, Parklife, and 13), proves that while Coxon's guitar was a nice element in Blur's music, it is not necessarily necessary, because Damon's great songwriting is what really makes Blur tick.
www.metacritic.com /music/artists/blur/thinktank   (784 words)

 Blur Reveal New Album Plans | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Blur bassist Alex James has confirmed the band have regrouped -- to write a "dirty, nasty, filthy" new album.
Blur is my 37th favorite band of all time.
also, there new album will not be like parklife, modern life is rubbish, 13 etc. because alex said himself that its the heaviest rock they have ever done.
www.ultimate-guitar.com /news/upcoming_releases/blur_reveal_new_album_plans.html   (779 words)

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