Tuesday, August 5 2014
Blur's masterpiece The Great Escape examines the costs—for young lovers or pop stars—of trusting in stasis.
Friday, May 23 2014
Definitely Maybe is considered a classic, but with songs so straightforward and unadorned, what can really be gained from demos that sound almost exactly like the finished album tracks?
Thursday, April 24 2014
Damon Albarn's got a new album arriving in a few days, and his band's most popular album commemorates its 20th birthday. What better time to pay tribute to the period when Blur put the "pop" in Britpop?
Monday, May 13 2013
The story of the biggest British band to never make it in America gets a thorough, honest, and fair recounting.
Sunday, May 12 2013
If the band wanted to shoot out the lights on XTRMNTR, More Light just turns them back on again.
Tuesday, April 23 2013
Nearly all of this album feels circular. The songs do not take advantage of the chance to escape, but prefer to keep within safe sight of where they start.
Wednesday, March 13 2013
Here they come (again), the beautiful ones. As Suede returns with its first studio album in 11 years, PopMatters ranks the top a-sides by the influential yet seldom imitated band that kickstarted Britpop two decades ago.
Monday, February 11 2013
If you miss the glory days of Britpop, even if Blur is back to some degree, Painting will satisfy you.
Sunday, August 19 2012
If you needed any confirmation that Blur took the gold in the 1990s Britpop battle royale, the band's headlining performance capping the London Olympics should close the case.
Monday, July 30 2012
A dazzling and moving collection of prestine Britpop.