Blur [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - 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 Brit-pop 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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - 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 Brit-pop 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. [EMI's deluxe 2012 double-disc expansion of Blur contains the 1997 album on the first disc and a host of B-sides and rarities on the second. Blur took a left turn into unkempt American-influenced indie rock on this eponymous record and, not surprisingly, the B-sides reflect this change of course. They're ragged, alternating between fully formed pop "All Your Life," taken from the Beetlebum single and rough sketches, the band flirting with noise and psychedelia and indulging in some dance as well, with "Bustin + Dronin" -- its title co-opted for a concurrently released remix album -- splitting the difference between the two. On top of these B-sides comes a bunch of live material: acoustic versions of "Beetlebum," "On Your Own," "Country Sad Ballad Man," and Parklife's "This Is a Low," then three songs from a concert in Ulrecht.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • EAN: 5099964483023
  • Catalog Number: 44830

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beetlebum (5:05)
  2. 2 Song 2 (2:01)
  3. 3 Country Sad Ballad Man (4:50)
  4. 4 M.O.R. (3:27)
  5. 5 On Your Own (4:26)
  6. 6 Theme from Retro (3:36)
  7. 7 You're So Great (3:35)
  8. 8 Death of a Party (4:33)
  9. 9 Chinese Bombs (1:24)
  10. 10 I'm Just a Killer for Your Love (4:11)
  11. 11 Look Inside (3:50)
  12. 12 Strange News from Another Star (4:03)
  13. 13 Movin' On (3:42)
  14. 14 Essex Dogs (8:10)
  15. 15 Interlude (1:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 All You Life (4:12)
  2. 2 A Spell (For Money) (3:30)
  3. 3 Woodpigeon Song (1:43)
  4. 4 Dancehall (3:11)
  5. 5 Get Out of Cities (4:02)
  6. 6 Polished Stone (2:42)
  7. 7 Bustin' + Dronin' (6:32)
  8. 8 M.O.R. (3:01)
  9. 9 Swallows in the Heatwave (2:33)
  10. 10 Death of a Party (4:18)
  11. 11 Cowboy Song (4:07)
  12. 12 Beetlebum (4:33)
  13. 13 On Your Own (4:11)
  14. 14 Country Sad Ballad Man (4:44)
  15. 15 This Is a Low (3:31)
  16. 16 M.O.R. (3:17)
  17. 17 Death of a Party (4:16)
  18. 18 Song 2 (2:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blur Primary Artist
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer
Blur Producer
Damon Albarn Composer
Alan Branch Engineer
Graham Coxon Composer
Brian Eno Composer
Alex James Composer
Dave Rowntree Composer
Stephen Street Producer, Remastering
Frank Arkwright Remastering
The Dust Brothers Producer
Miranda Sawyer Liner Notes
Jason Cox Engineer
John Smith Engineer
Scott Minshall Reissue Design
Simon Mundy Mixing Programmer
Arjan Arwert Engineer
Thijs Peters Engineer
Stuart Lowbridge Engineer
Martin Hayward Archival Consultant
Jürgen Mölders Engineer
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