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Sunday, March 15 2015

Uncool Britannia: Radiohead's 'The Bends' vs. Britpop in a Battle for the Soul of Britain

The successors to Radiohead and The Bends are a generation who liked how the film started, but lost the script halfway through.


Monday, March 2 2015

Everything Has Changed, Nothing Has Changed: Music in a Post-9/11 World

The attacks of 9/11 may have caused a noticeable shift in the lyrical content of musicians and even sonic changes in the short term, but, in the end, normalcy finds a way to settle in.


Monday, August 4 2014

Seasick, But Still Floating: Blur and 'The Great Escape'

Blur's masterpiece The Great Escape examines the costs—for young lovers or pop stars—of trusting in stasis.


Sunday, August 19 2012

To the End: 12 Essential Blur Songs for 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

Modern Life Is Repetition: Blur's Spare Lexicon and Endless Atmosphere

Blur sang of daily routines in an attempt to crack them, to chisel away at them until they broke. Lyrics repeated often and guitars swirls, but while they spun furiously in place, the band still managed to move forward, and Blur 21: The Box documents their progress with a staggering breadth.


Reviews

Sunday, April 27 2014

Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots

Even if you think that Damon Albarn has done it all by this point in time, Everyday Robots is a new gold standard in contemporary pop songwriting.


Friday, January 11 2013

Blur: Parklive (Special Edition) (take one)

Blur's biggest, most triumphant concert ever -- playing at Hyde Park as part of the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremonies -- is given a large, multi-disc treatment.


Thursday, January 10 2013

Blur: Parklive (take two)

Parklive may have a lame title, but that's the only thing lacking here.


Tuesday, July 28 2009

Blur: Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur

Sure, Blur were at times all over the map, but this two-disc set actually accentuates the incongruities of their occasional diversity by odd selection choices, bizarre sequencing, and about as much focus as a shuffle button.


Tuesday, June 28 2005

Blur: Starshaped [DVD]

Nostalgia for the '90s rears its ugly neon head? Say it ain't so Damon.


Blur: Parklife [23.Oct.02]
Blur: 13 [31.Dec.94]

Blogs

Friday, February 20 2015

Blur - "Go Out" (video) (Single Review)

Blur's big comeback single turns out to be a weird little number that will appeal to only hardcore fans. Thank goodness.


Thursday, April 24 2014

For Tomorrow: The 10 Best Songs from Blur's "Life Trilogy"

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?


Wednesday, August 22 2012

'Blur 21': The Best of the Rarities

The most compelling reason to opt for the CD version of the Blur 21 box set is the inclusion of four rarities discs covering the span of the revived Britpop group’s history.


Tuesday, July 24 2012

Why the Blur 21 Box Set is Worth Your Time

Oh goodness yes, another box set from another highly-regarded band, but before you hit your cultural snooze alarm, take a look closer: this actually has everything fans could want, and more, especially when we hear it direct from the horse's mouth.


Saturday, July 7 2012

Blur – “Under the Westway” and “The Puritan" (videos)

Blur is back with two new tunes...


News

Monday, April 15 2013

Back to Blur’s Heyday As a Ruler of Britpop

INDIO, Calif. — Ten minutes into his band’s performance Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, singer Damon Albarn of Blur realized


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