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Modern Life Is Rubbish [Bonus CD] [Bonus Tracks]
     

Modern Life Is Rubbish [Bonus CD] [Bonus Tracks]

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

Overview

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. [EMI's deluxe 2012 double-disc expansion of Modern Life Is Rubbish contains the U.K. version of the 1993 album on the first disc and a host of B-sides and rarities on the second. Opening this collection of flip sides is the non-LP A-side "Popscene," the 1992 single that announced a clear break from Blur's baggy past and ushered in a retro-obsessed present. From there, the B-sides pile up quickly and with them Blur gain considerable momentum: by the end of the disc when they're tossing off defiant beery covers of "Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Made for Two)" and "Let's All Go Down the Strand," their Brit-pop concept is clearly articulated and their musicality is chaotically assured.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
5099964480824
catalogNumber:
44808

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blur   Primary Artist
Damon Albarn   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Melodica,Moog Synthesizer,solina,sleigh bells,Jupiter 8,Casio
Simon Clarke   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Graham Coxon   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Triangle,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Slide Guitar
Kick Horns   Horn
Alex James   Bass,Bass Guitar,Hand Clapping
Helen Kamminga   Viola
Ivan McCready   Cello
Dave Rowntree   Drums,Hand Clapping,Timpani,Loop Drums
Tim Sanders   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Spong   Cornet
Kate St. John   Oboe,Soprano Saxophone,Cor anglais
Stephen Street   Hand Clapping,Peruvian Box Drum
Roddy Lorimar   Trumpet
Duke Quartet   Strings
John Metcalfe   Viola
Duke String Quartet   Strings
Rick Koster   Violin
Louisa Fuller   Violin
Neil Sidwell   Trombone

Technical Credits

Rod Stewart   Composer
Blur   Composer,Producer
Clive Langer   Producer
Damon Albarn   Composer,Additional Music
Graham Coxon   Composer,Additional Music,Background Noise
Alex James   Composer
Steve Lovell   Producer
Dave Rowntree   Composer,Additional Music
Stephen Street   Producer
Alan Winstanley   Producer
Miranda Sawyer   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Harry Dacre   Composer
John Smith   Producer,Engineer
Scott Minshall   Reissue Design
Darren Evans   Reissue Design
Paul Stephen   Paintings
Paul Gribble   Paintings

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