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Blur: an album retrospective: Part 6 – 13 (1999)

There was always something weird about Blur. Even with the famous life trilogy, you could tell that this band were capable of creating strange sounds but were holding back. Sure, 1997′s self-titled fifth album had some traces of strange, but …

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Blur: an album retrospective: Part 5 – Blur (1997), Bustin + Dronin (1998)

To call Blur’s self-titled fifth album a back to basics affair is a bit silly, especially since the group never started out as a rough and tumble guitar band in the first place. I’d rather call it a new start. …

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Blur: an album retrospective: Part 4 – The Great Escape (1995)

The Great Escape is an odd album in Blur’s discography. The band themselves don’t really like it, and the fans are divided. If one understands that the album itself was recorded at a funny time in the band’s lives then …

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Blur: an album retrospective: Part 3 – Parklife (1994)

Picture it – 1994, I was a teenager obsessed by euro rave. The cheesiest variety like; this this this and OBVIOUSLY this! Then one fateful day in March a video aired on a local TV program. It had a disco …

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Blur: an album retrospective: Part 2 – Modern Life is Rubbish (1993)

After the lukewarm reception to Leisure, Damon Albarn knew that Blur had to do something different. At the time Albarn was aware that American bands were dominating U.K. culture, resulting in rampant commercialism and changes in traditional values. This form …

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Blur: an album retrospective: Part 1 – Leisure (1991)

In every music fanatic’s life there are pivotal moments when a band or an album can change your musical tastes and make you look at things differently. In my life there were two important music moments. One is my “discovery” …

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Only Real – Pass the Pain

Honestly there’s no need to write anything when the promo video has a guy in a bathtub full of Froot Loops and goes cruising with a blow up doll. Even if outsider slacker rap isn’t your thing, you gotta pay …

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Bass Drum of Death – For Blood

Motorcycles, leather jackets, speed and death-defying stunts. This is what I think of when I’m listening to For Blood. BDOD always had a knack for bashing out a rip-roaring tune, but this is definitely the best thing they’ve done. This …

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Field Guides – Lisa Loeb Probably Never Pierced her Ears

For you youngsters out there, Lisa Loeb is a singer/songwriter who hit it big time in 1994 with a song called Stay (I Missed You). The song itself is a play it safe folk/pop/rock ditty, which, weirdly enough, was LOVED …

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Oh! Pears – Under the Olive Tree

Imagine a bunch of woodland sprites gathered round a fire. The flames are licking the night sky. There are owls hooting, their eyes luminescent, the place is completely dark, with one exception: a full moon – perfectly circular, and it’s …

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