Blur – 1997 – Blur (2014 HDtracks) [FLAC@96khz24bit]
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Blur – 1997 – Blur
(2014 HDtracks) [FLAC@96khz24bit]
Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist/guitarist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Their debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change influenced by English guitar pop groups such as the Kinks, the Beatles and XTC, Blur released Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). In the process, the band helped establish the Britpop genre and achieved mass popularity in the UK, aided by a chart battle with rivals Oasis in 1995 dubbed the “Battle of Britpop”.
In recording their follow-up, Blur (1997), the band underwent another reinvention, showing influence from the lo-fi style of American indie rock groups. The album, including the “Song 2” single, brought Blur mainstream success in the United States. Their next album, 13 (1999) saw the band members experimenting with electronic and gospel music, and featured more personal lyrics from Albarn. In May 2002, Coxon left Blur during the recording of their seventh album Think Tank (2003). Containing electronic sounds and more minimal guitar work, the album was marked by Albarn’s growing interest in hip hop and African music. After a 2003 tour without Coxon, Blur did no studio work or touring as a band, as members engaged in other projects.
Blur reunited, with Coxon back in the fold, for a series of concerts in 2009. In the following years they released several singles and retrospective compilations, and toured internationally. In 2012, the group received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Their first major release in twelve years, The Magic Whip (2015), became the sixth consecutive Blur studio album to top the British charts.
Blur (2014 HDtracks)
Format: 14 × File, FLAC, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 24bit 96kHz (HDtracks)
Producer: Stephen Street, Blur
Release Date: February 10, 1997 (2014)
Recorded: June–November 1996 at Stúdíó Grettisgat, Reykjavik, Iceland; Maison Rouge Studio, Mayfair Studios and Studio 13 in London, England.
Label: Parlophone Records UK
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, British Rock, Britpop
Blur is the eponymous fifth studio album by the English rock band Blur, released on 10 February 1997 by Food Records. Blur had previously been broadly critical of American popular culture and their previous albums had become associated with the Britpop movement, particularly Parklife (1994), which had helped them become one of Britain’s leading pop acts. After their previous album, The Great Escape, the band faced media backlash and relationships between the members became strained. Under the suggestion of the band’s guitarist, Graham Coxon, the band underwent a stylistic change, becoming influenced by American indie rock bands such as Pavement and Sonic Youth. Recording took place in London as well as in Reykjavík, Iceland. Drummer Dave Rowntree described the music on the album as being more aggressive and emotional than their previous work. Producer Stephen Street claimed that lead singer-songwriter Damon Albarn had started writing about more personal experiences while Coxon revealed that listening to his lyrics it was clear to him that “he’d obviously gone off his head a bit more”.
Despite worries from Blur’s label, EMI, and the music press that the change in style would alienate the band’s predominantly teenage fanbase and that the album would flop as a result, Blur, as well as lead single, “Beetlebum”, reached the top of the UK charts and the album was certified platinum. The album also reached the top 20 in six other countries. The success of “Song 2” led to Blur becoming the band’s most successful album in the US where the Britpop scene had been largely unsuccessful. The album received positive and mixed reviews from most music critics, many praising the stylistic change as well as Albarn’s improved songwriting.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine:
The Great Escape, for all of its many virtues, painted Blur into a corner and there was only one way out — to abandon the Britpop that they had instigated by bringing the weird strands that always floated through their music to the surface. Blur may superficially appear to be a break from tradition, but it is a logical progression, highlighting the band’s rich eclecticism and sense of songcraft. Certainly, they are trying for new sonic territory, bringing in shards of white noise, gurgling electronics, raw guitars, and druggy psychedelia, but these are just extensions of previously hidden elements of Blur’s music. What makes it exceptional is how hard the band tries to reinvent itself within its own framework, and the level of which it succeeds. “Beetlebum” runs through the White Album in the space of five minutes; “M.O.R.” reinterprets Berlin-era Bowie; “You’re So Great,” despite the corny title, is affecting lo-fi from Graham Coxon; “Country Sad Ballad Man” is bizarrely affecting, strangled lo-fi psychedelia; “Death of a Party” is an affecting resignation; “On Your Own” is an incredible slice of singalong pop spiked with winding, fluid guitar and synth eruptions; while “Look Inside America” cleverly subverts the traditional Blur song, complete with strings. And “Essex Dogs” is a six-minute slab of free verse and rattling guitar noise. Blur might be self-consciously eclectic, but Blur are at their best when they are trying to live up to their own pretensions, because of Damon Albarn’s exceptional sense of songcraft and the band’s knack for detailed arrangements that flesh out the songs to their fullest. There might be dark overtones to the record, but the band sounds positively joyous, not only in making noise but wreaking havoc with the expectations of its audience and critics.
01 – Beetlebum – 5:05
02 – Song 2 – 2:01
03 – Country Sad Ballad Man – 4:50
04 – M.O.R. – 3:27
05 – On Your Own – 4:26
06 – Theme From Retro – 3:37
07 – You’re So Great – 3:35
08 – Death Of A Party – 4:33
09 – Chinese Bombs – 1:24
10 – I’m Just A Killer For Your Love – 4:11
11 – Look Inside America – 3:50
12 – Strange News From Another Star – 4:02
13 – Movin’ On – 3:44
14 – Essex Dogs (Includes ‘Interlude’) – 8:10
Damon Albarn – vocals, piano, keyboards, Hammond organ, acoustic guitar
Graham Coxon – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals on “You’re So Great”, theremin
Alex James – bass guitar
Dave Rowntree – drums, percussion
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02 – Song 2.flac
03 – Country Sad Ballad Man.flac
04 – M.O.R..flac
05 – On Your Own.flac
06 – Theme From Retro.flac
07 – You're So Great.flac
08 – Death Of A Party.flac
09 – Chinese Bombs.flac
10 – I'm Just A Killer For Your Love.flac
11 – Look Inside America.flac
12 – Strange News From Another Star.flac
13 – Movin' On.flac
14 – Essex Dogs (Includes 'Interlude').flac
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