Blur - Blur (Vinyl)

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Blur is the fifth studio album by the English rock band Blur, released on 10 February 1997 by Flood Records. Blur had previously been broadly critical of American popular culture and their previous albums had become associated with the Britpop movement, particularly Parklife, which had helped them become one of Britain's leading pop acts. After their previous album, The Great Escape, the band faced media backlash and relationships between the members became strained.

Under the suggestion of the band's guitarist, Graham Coxon, the band underwent a stylistic change, becoming influenced by American indie rock bands such as Pavement. Recording took place in London as well as in Reyjavik, Iceland. Drummer Dave Rowntree described the music on the album as being more aggressive and emotional than their previous work. Producer Stephen Street claimed that lead singer-songwriter  Damon Albarn had started writing about more personal experiences while Coxon revealed that listening to his lyrics it was clear to him that "he'd obviously gone off his head a bit more".

Despite worries from Blur's label, EMI, and the music press that the change in style would alienate the band's predominantly teenage fanbase and that the album would flop as a result, Blur, as well as lead single, "Bettlebum", reached the top of the UK charts and the album was certified platinum. The album also reached the top 20 in six other countries. The success of "Song 2" led to Blur becoming the band's most successful album in the US where the Britpop scene had been largely unsuccessful. The album received positive reviews from most music critics, many praising the stylistic change as well as Albarn's songwriting.

2xLP pressing on gatefold 180-gram vinyl. 

Having decided that they had pushed traditional britpop as far as it could go with The Great Escape, Blur wisely decided to revamp their sound slightly, embracing and incorporating the sounds of American alternative and indie rock. To the bands credit, their fifth and self-titled album, "Blur" is wonderfully successful; by pushing to the front their more experimental sounds (especially noisy guitar), they effectively strike some middle ground between it and their traditional pop sensibilities.

By: PigsOnTheWing

A1 Bettlebum
A2 Song2
A3 Country Sad Ballad Man
A4 M.O.R. 
B1 On Your Own
B2 Theme From Retro
B3 You're So Great
B4 Death of a Party
C1 Chinese Bombs
C2 I'm Just A KIller For Your Love
C3 Look Inside America
C4 Strange News From Another Star
D1 Movin' On
D2 Essex Dogs 

Catalogue Number: 5703491

Record Label: Interscope / Universal