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Modern Life Is Rubbish
     

Modern Life Is Rubbish

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by Blur
 

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As a response to the dominance of grunge in the U.K. and their own decreasing profile in their homeland -- and also as a response to Suede's sudden popularity -- Blur reinvented themselves with their second album, Modern Life Is Rubbish, abandoning the shoegazing and baggy influences that dominated Leisure for

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As a response to the dominance of grunge in the U.K. and their own decreasing profile in their homeland -- and also as a response to Suede's sudden popularity -- Blur reinvented themselves with their second album, Modern Life Is Rubbish, abandoning the shoegazing and baggy influences that dominated Leisure for traditional pop. On the surface, Modern Life may appear to be an homage to the Kinks, David Bowie, the Beatles, and Syd Barrett, yet it isn't a restatement, it's a revitalization. Blur use British guitar pop from the Beatles to My Bloody Valentine as a foundation, spinning off tales of contemporary despair. If Damon Albarn weren't such a clever songwriter, both lyrically and melodically, Modern Life could have sunk under its own pretensions, and the latter half does drag slightly. However, the record teems with life, since Blur refuse to treat their classicist songs as museum pieces. Graham Coxon's guitar tears each song open, either with unpredictable melodic lines or layers of translucent, hypnotic effects, and his work creates great tension with Alex James' kinetic bass. And that provides Albarn a vibrant background for his social satires and cutting commentary. But the reason Modern Life Is Rubbish is such a dynamic record and ushered in a new era of British pop is that nearly every song is carefully constructed and boasts a killer melody, from the stately "For Tomorrow" and the punky "Advert" to the vaudeville stomp of "Sunday Sunday" and the neo-psychedelic "Chemical World." Even with its flaws, it's a record of considerable vision and excitement. [Most American versions of Modern Life Is Rubbish substitute the demo version of "Chemical World" for the studio version on the British edition. They also add the superb single "Pop Scene" before the final song, "Resigned."]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1993
Label:
Wb / Parlophone
UPC:
0077778944225
catalogNumber:
894426

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blur   Primary Artist
Alex Laipeneiks   Bass Guitar
Damon Albarn   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Melodica,Bells
Simon Clarke   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Graham Coxon   Synthesizer,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Dave   Drums,Timpani,Loops
Louise Fuller   Violin
Graham   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Alex James   Bass Guitar
Helen Kamminga   Viola
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet
Ivan McCready   Cello
Dave Rowntree   Drums,Timpani
Tim Sanders   Tenor Saxophone
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Paul Spong   Cornet
Kate St. John   Oboe,Soprano Saxophone
Stephen   Drums,Alto Clarinet
Stephen Street   Percussion,Bells
John Metcalfe   Viola
Rick Koster   Violin

Technical Credits

Blur   Producer
Kick Horns   Contributor
Steve Lovell   Producer
Stephen Street   Producer
Duke Quartet   Contributor
John Smith   Producer,Engineer
Jason   Sound Effects

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Modern Life Is Rubbish 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
everything i learned about british culture i learned from this album! It's a very honest album about the band's perspective on the culture they live in so as an american i had a hard time at first figuring out the lyrics, but i ended up learning a few things and also was able to listen to a musically outstanding album! standout tracks for me include the sleepy haze of ''miss america'', the peppy, poppy ''chemical world'', the urgent sounds and intense strings on ''for tomorrow'' and punky attitude of ''popscene''...a smart and unique album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is the best. If you are into the sounds of Bripop, this album may be up there with the biggest and the best of 'em. This is Blur at their melodic best, without the pretensions of their more recent ''artsy'' music, that got rid of the good melodies. Eventually Blur will have to return to melodic music to please people who care about pop and not the press.
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