Search found 72 matches

by Styopa
24 Nov 2020, 09:29
Forum: Blur
Topic: Blur - The Magic Whip
Replies: 3733
Views: 952347

Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

For me it's a decent album but isn't in the same league as the run of albums MLIR to 13. Personally I also prefer Leisure although perhaps that's more subjective. I think those earlier albums benefit from the fact Blur was the main ongoing concern for all members of the band, as opposed to the two l...
by Styopa
03 Nov 2020, 16:49
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 433
Views: 107418

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

Coldplay are clearly very sharp operators but they have world class management and business brains in the background. I'm not sure Damon has always benefitted from the same calibre of advice. Coldplay took the U2 route, they relentlessly toured, especially the US, to take advantage of their success...
by Styopa
13 Aug 2020, 08:07
Forum: Blur
Topic: Don't bomb when you are the bomb
Replies: 27
Views: 3233

Re: Don't bomb when you are the bomb

I think there was definitely a feeling they might go a bit Radiohead around this time. But generally I feel as if they had wide open vistas ahead of them and what stopped them pursuing them as a 4 piece was that they needed a break from each other rather than the creative wellspring of the band runn...
by Styopa
11 Aug 2020, 08:21
Forum: Blur
Topic: Don't bomb when you are the bomb
Replies: 27
Views: 3233

Re: Don't bomb when you are the bomb

In terms of Blur Don't bomb stands out for being a real curio in a body of work full of curios. It's similar to Music is My Radar in that respect. But within the context of work Damon's done with Gorillaz it doesn't sound that out of place. At the time it still seemed possible that Blur would contin...
by Styopa
07 Aug 2020, 10:59
Forum: Blur
Topic: the Good, the Bad & the Queen - the end?
Replies: 22
Views: 3081

Re: the Good, the Bad & the Queen - the end?

I seem to be in a bit of a minority in preferring the second album to the first. I think it's really strong album from start to finish with not a weak track on it. I consider a good half dozen of the songs to be up there with Damon's very best work in the last decade easily.
by Styopa
07 Aug 2020, 09:19
Forum: Blur
Topic: Blur fan first and foremost or Damon Albarn fan?
Replies: 32
Views: 4778

Re: Blur fan first and foremost or Damon Albarn fan?

I tend to regard Damon's non Blur projects in the same way I regard the various solo albums of the members of the Beatles. Arguably , Demon Days, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and All Things Must Pass are as good as anything Damon, John and George released with Blur and the Beatles - they are least w...
by Styopa
31 Jul 2020, 15:24
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 86
Views: 15201

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

I've always found Mr Robinson's like blur trying to be too much britpop. Like, "we need another character for another song". It's not their worst song, but I skip it a lot when I'm listening TGE. I agree. I think it strays into self-parody. It's certainly less subtle and nuanced than some of the ot...
by Styopa
13 Jul 2020, 12:52
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 86
Views: 15201

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

I'm also fairly ambivalent about Entertain Me but it does have some nice features particularly Alex's bass line.

In hindight it's also quite an interesting track given the dancey feel of it and the work Damon would go on to do with Gorillaz in the following decade.
by Styopa
02 Jul 2020, 11:38
Forum: Blur
Topic: B-Roads
Replies: 314
Views: 163846

Re: B-Roads

Agreed, few who are not keen Blur fans already will be interested in watching a 25 year old documentary about the band. A band that too all intents and purposes ceased being a working band (bar reunions every few years) nearly 20 years ago. It would barely register a ripple (relatively speaking) if ...
by Styopa
26 Jun 2020, 09:21
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 86
Views: 15201

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

I would say the dark, and at points vaguely dystopian theme on TGE is developed in a more subtle way on S/T. I think songs like Fade Away, Top Man, He Thought of Cars could quite comfortably sit along side songs like Death of a Party, Theme from Retro, Strange News from Another Star, Essex Dogs, es...
by Styopa
25 Jun 2020, 11:21
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 86
Views: 15201

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

Haha, yes, I think the fact the albums sound so different stylistically masks some of their similarities. They're definitely both Blur albums! I wonder what marks out Yuko and Hiro for the band? I mean like the ones I've mentioned above I could certainly hear it on the s/t if the production was tone...
by Styopa
25 Jun 2020, 11:02
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 86
Views: 15201

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

I would say the dark, and at points vaguely dystopian theme on TGE is developed in a more subtle way on S/T. I think songs like Fade Away, Top Man, He Thought of Cars could quite comfortably sit along side songs like Death of a Party, Theme from Retro, Strange News from Another Star, Essex Dogs, esp...
by Styopa
24 Jun 2020, 13:28
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 86
Views: 15201

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

I think the fact it is so ironic is one of the main reasons people who do dislike it dislike it. Ironic can also sound aloof, it can come across as being derisory, mocking, cold. Interestingly, whilst a lot of the songs on Parklife seem to concern ordinary (in inverted commas) people, the songs on t...
by Styopa
24 Jun 2020, 12:18
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 86
Views: 15201

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

I think it's probably the hardest Blur album to listen to in its entirety. Personally I don't very much care for Stereotypes. And I find it, Country House, Charmless Man, Mr. Robinson's Quango, It Could Be You, Globe Alone, and Dan Abnormal a bit of a sensory onslaught being sequestered all onto the...
by Styopa
21 Apr 2020, 13:59
Forum: Blur
Topic: All We Want in 13.
Replies: 35
Views: 14025

Re: All We Want in 13.

Well I imagine, like all songs the idea was that it appeared on an album No, I think some of the songs are thought of as B-sides. Wasn't it that I'm Just A Killer For Your Love was recorded during a B-side session, and eventually made its way to the album? I'm not sure about that song specifically ...