Wednesday, September 07, 2005

A special message to a certain someone

Blur's best album is The Great Escape, by quite some margin. "Stereotypes," "Best Days," "Topman," "The Universal," "He Thought of Cars"--the list goes on. Affecting, cerebral, epic. No particular offense to Oasis (just this once), but they only WISH they could make a record this good.

OH yes! I threw down the SHIT out of that gauntlet! Feel free to use it as an example of bad public relations :-p

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous pontificated to the effect that...

Oh no you did not just do that!

I own The Great Escape and only like ONE song on it. So booooo. And if we are going to get technical on Blur greatness, Parklife is the best album.

But if we want to get even more technical, the best crafted album in all of Britpop is Pulp's "Different Class." ("Definitely Maybe" remains my sentimental fave.) There's no way that Blur tops that.

9:27 PM  
Blogger GeoX, who is here to stay, like it or not. pontificated to the effect that...

Your ill-advised opinions are duly noted. I must, however, note that I think it's some sort of crime against nature for you to pontificate about britpop without being familiar with Suede's Dog Man Star. Seriously: I'll burn you a copy if you want, but you gotta hear it.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous pontificated to the effect that...

On a related subject, what do you think about the Anderson/Butler reunion, and the resulting album by "The Tears"?

3:24 PM  
Blogger GeoX, who is here to stay, like it or not. pontificated to the effect that...

I don't think anything about it to date--I've wanted to hear it for some time, but stores never have it, and somehow I've never gotten around to ordering it. Is it any cop?

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous pontificated to the effect that...

Well, I've only heard it once online, but from that one hearing, I'd say it's not bad. It's not really anything new - allmusic described it as "what Coming Up would have sounded like if Bernard had stuck around," and that's probably accurate. It's certainly missing the "dark" aspect of the first two albums. But Bernard is in fine form, and the album certainly _sounds_ good. Brett's lyrics haven't improved all that much, and his voice is shot to hell these days, but with such a musical background, it sounds about as good as possible. And in some parts, he finds this world-weary "aging Casanova" tone of voice that suits him pretty well, I think. Anyway, as long as you don't expect some kind of stunning artistic reinvention, I think it's an enjoyable record.

- SK

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous pontificated to the effect that...

Grrrr. I know nothing of Suede, I'll admit it. You burn me a copy of Dog Man Star, and I'll make you your very own "Canada Rocks" CD. Yeah, you know you want to be down with Canadian rock :P

8:07 PM  

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