Modern Life Is Rubbish

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1993
  • Label: Wb / Parlophone
  • UPC: 077778944225
  • Catalog Number: 894426

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 For Tomorrow (4:19)
  2. 2 Advert (3:45)
  3. 3 Colin Zeal (3:16)
  4. 4 Pressure on Julian (3:31)
  5. 5 Star Shaped (3:26)
  6. 6 Blue Jeans (3:54)
  7. 7 Chemical World (3:45)
  8. 8 Intermission (2:29)
  9. 9 Sunday Sunday (2:38)
  10. 10 Oily Water (5:00)
  11. 11 Miss America (5:34)
  12. 12 Villa Rosie (3:55)
  13. 13 Coping (3:24)
  14. 14 Turn It Up (3:21)
  15. 15 Pop Scene (3:14)
  16. 16 Resigned (5:14)
  17. 17 Commercial Break (0:55)
  18. 18 [Silence] (0:04)
  19. 19 [Silence] (0:04)
  20. 20 [Silence] (0:04)
  21. 21 [Silence] (0:04)
  22. 22 [Silence] (0:04)
  23. 23 [Silence] (0:04)
  24. 24 [Silence] (0:04)
  25. 25 [Silence] (0:04)
  26. 26 [Silence] (0:04)
  27. 27 [Silence] (0:04)
  28. 28 [Silence] (0:04)
  29. 29 [Silence] (0:04)
  30. 30 [Silence] (0:04)
  31. 31 [Silence] (0:04)
  32. 32 [Silence] (0:04)
  33. 33 [Silence] (0:04)
  34. 34 [Silence] (0:04)
  35. 35 [Silence] (0:04)
  36. 36 [Silence] (0:04)
  37. 37 [Silence] (0:04)
  38. 38 [Silence] (0:04)
  39. 39 [Silence] (0:04)
  40. 40 [Silence] (0:04)
  41. 41 [Silence] (0:04)
  42. 42 [Untitled Hidden Track] (9:34)
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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, Baritone
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
John Metcalfe Viola
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
Rick Koster Violin
Technical Credits
Blur Producer
The Kick Horns Contributor
Steve Lovell Producer
Stephen Street Producer
Duke Quartet Contributor
John Smith Producer, Engineer
Jason Sound Effects
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite blur album

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Swaggeringly Britty Album

    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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