YEAR RELEASED: 1991
CHART ACTION: #7 UK
SINGLES: She’s So High (#48 UK), There’s No Other Way (#82 US, #5 Alternative, #8 UK), Bang (#24 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Sing
LINEUP: Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, Dave Rowntree
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A dour shoegaze album which didn’t win a lot of hearts and minds outside the singles.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Bands don’t always start off well. Blur is a great example of that.
Despite charting well and having a couple of hit singles, most of the record was turgid and boring. Yeah, Blur was boring – and they really sounded like any other shoegaze band except for a few moments of inspiration, and sometimes a boring track would have a minute where it seemed OK but then went right back to minor-chord turgidness. When they did wake up, they sounded like the Stone Roses’ little brothers.
This is about the last thing you need from Blur if you’re in an exploratory mode. Yeah, a few songs are OK but as the record goes on, you want to escape the minor key mud.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Sing” was on the Trainspotting soundtrack.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Some different running orders in the US and Japan.
GRADE C: They got a hit, but they knew they needed a re-think.