Blur – Blur 21: The Box

January 01, 1970



Despite occasionally cranky words
to the contrary, Blur is still on Damon Albarn’s mind, especially during this,
the year where his wonky art pop collective turns legal age at the London
Olympics. With that in mind, collecting one band’s oeuvre into twenty one
albums for twenty one years doesn’t seem merely lavish: it’s necessary,
especially as Albarn reconsiders them (well, guitarist Graham Coxon for their
recent single) worthy of recording new material.


There’s the fizzy mod-ism of Leisure to the Small Faces meets Human League lark of Parklife,
the elegantly orchestrated decay of The Great
and the curtly raw Blur;
as topped with Albarn’s wily conversational baritone and Kinks-ish
observational éclat, the quartet’s become the British experience of the last two decades, far beyond that of their native
contemporaries. So B21 features all
seven of its original albums heightened to re-mastered perfection, each
appended with discs of b-sides, demos, rarities and requisite live DVDs. Those
rarities are the true gems – demos of classics like “Beetlebum,” the
never-heard “Saturday Morning,” the legendarily lost sessions with Blur’s
immediate forefather, XTC’s Andy Partridge. A magical must.


You Find Your Suburbs,” “For Tomorrow” (demo) A.D. AMOROSI


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