Without a doubt, Blur is one of my favourite bands of the 1990’s - More the Brit Pop period of PARKLIFE/THE GREAT ESCAPE then the experimental slacker rock of BLUR/13 or the first two records but I do like all their records except for their last one THINK TANK which found them as a trio minus guitarist Graham Coxon.
Their reunion record THE MAGIC WHIP has Coxon back in the fold and it’s a pretty good record. Blur operates in a comfortable poppy groove closer musically (if not in attitude) to the earlier records.
Unlike the more experimental records, THE MAGIC WHIP never loses track of the melody. I like it and expect it to grow on me further.
Ina Blur mood, I decided to make a list of my favorite Blur songs. Without further ado, counting down from five....
10.) Trimm Trabb
9.) This is a Low
8.) Country House
7.) No Distance Left to Run
6.) He Thought of Cars
5.)Strange News From Another Star
4.)End of the Century
3.) Charmless Man
2.) For Tomorrow
1.) Girls and Boys
Played back to back that would make for quite a diverse greatest hits playlist. Another thing I notice is that many of Blur’s most successful singles are also among their best songs – Can’t say that for many of my other favorite groups/artists.