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In 1997, after helping define ’90s Britpop, Blur unexpectedly embraced American indie rock. Led by guitarist Graham Coxon's love of artists like Dinosaur Jr. and Beck, the band took cues from the former's trembling lo-fi aesthetic on "You're So Great" (the rare track sung by Coxon) and the latter's early laconic weirdness on songs "Killer for Your Love" and "Country Sad Ballad Man." But even if you take the boys out of Brittania, you can't take the national influences out of the band. Opener "Beetlebum", a dreamy ode to drugs, comes on like a lost late-era Beatles track. "M.O.R." slips and slides with Pavement-style guitar but also lifts a chord progression right from Bowie’s "Boys Keep Swinging", while "Strange News From Another Star" is Sebadoh by way of Ziggy Stardust. But it's "Song 2" that steals the show; with its rip-roaring bass line, Damon Albarn’s deadpan-to-shout vocals, fuzzed-out guitars and compulsive "Whoo-hoo!" it’s an immediate classic. © Qobuz

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1
Beetlebum
00:05:05

John Smith, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Alex James, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer, MixingEngineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer - Tom Girling, AssistantEngineer - Julia Gardner, AssistantEngineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Song 2
00:02:01

John Smith, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Alex James, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer, MixingEngineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer - Tom Girling, AssistantEngineer - Julia Gardner, AssistantEngineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Country Sad Ballad Man
00:04:50

John Smith, Engineer - Alex James, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
M.O.R.
00:03:27

John Smith, Engineer - Alex James, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer - Brian Eno, Writer - David Bowie, Writer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
On Your Own
00:04:25

John Smith, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Alex James, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer, Drum Programmer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer, MixingEngineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer - Tom Girling, AssistantEngineer - Julia Gardner, AssistantEngineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Theme from Retro
00:03:37

John Smith, Engineer - Alex James, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
You're so Great
00:03:35

John Smith, Engineer - Alex James, Bass Guitar - Dave Rowntree, Drums - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Vocals - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Death of a Party
00:04:33

John Smith, Engineer - Alex James, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Chinese Bombs
00:01:24

John Smith, Engineer - Alex James, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer - Damon Iddins, AssistantEngineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer - Mario Caldato Jr, MixingEngineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
I'm Just a Killer for Your Love
00:04:11

John Smith, Engineer - Alex James, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Producer, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Remastering Engineer - Graham Coxon, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Look Inside America
00:03:49

John Smith, Engineer - Alex James, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Strange News from Another Star
00:04:03

John Smith, Engineer - Alex James, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Movin' On
00:03:43

John Smith, Engineer - Alex James, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Essex Dogs
00:08:10

John Smith, Engineer - Alex James, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dave Rowntree, Drums, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Remastering Engineer - Graham Coxon, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Blur, MainArtist - Damon Albarn, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer

© 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

In 1997, after helping define ’90s Britpop, Blur unexpectedly embraced American indie rock. Led by guitarist Graham Coxon's love of artists like Dinosaur Jr. and Beck, the band took cues from the former's trembling lo-fi aesthetic on "You're So Great" (the rare track sung by Coxon) and the latter's early laconic weirdness on songs "Killer for Your Love" and "Country Sad Ballad Man." But even if you take the boys out of Brittania, you can't take the national influences out of the band. Opener "Beetlebum", a dreamy ode to drugs, comes on like a lost late-era Beatles track. "M.O.R." slips and slides with Pavement-style guitar but also lifts a chord progression right from Bowie’s "Boys Keep Swinging", while "Strange News From Another Star" is Sebadoh by way of Ziggy Stardust. But it's "Song 2" that steals the show; with its rip-roaring bass line, Damon Albarn’s deadpan-to-shout vocals, fuzzed-out guitars and compulsive "Whoo-hoo!" it’s an immediate classic. © Qobuz

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