elasticaman wrote:ok then
my terracotta heart has some of the clumisiest most awkward lyrics ive ever heard, words that dont fit the beats (not the only song on the album that forces words in where they dont fit either), a delivery like damon is trying out for nancy in oliver twist. one of the very worst songs ever on a blur album
ong ong is the kind of crap that the beautiful south started churning out when they began struggling ( im reminded of don't marry her) big stupid populist singalong nonsense, sad to think that this is gonna the big festival song from the album, because its so trite and throwaway and reeks of insincerity.
90% of the things they try on this album are things they've tried before, and with far better results
a few years ago most people derided westway/puritan
and whilst puritan is indead a terrible song on all counts, one of damons leftover scraps that he charitably bestowed upon blur, westway is actually better than most things on this album.... and i dont even rate westway very highly
i would love blur to make a fucking amazing record that catches me off guard and excites me... but this isnt it
not to worry there will be a whole bunch of other band releasing records every week for the rest of time
ill just find the excitement elsewhere.... Wavves & Cloud Nothings releasing an album together you say....
Well you're obviously quite angry about it, so maybe it would be best to seek those disarming triumphs you so crave elsewhere.
Quite apart from that, most of the rest of your message is nonsense. 90% of the things The Beatles tried on Abbey Road had been tried before, or that Bob Dylan tried on 'Blood on the Tracks', or Bowie on 'Scary Monsters', there's no reason why that should count against them. Plus I can't easily compare 'There Are Too Many of Us', 'Ghost Ship' or 'Mirrorball' to anything Blur have done previously, even though as a band they've covered far more musical ground than pretty much any other band of the past 30 years, so that's pretty good going I'd say. And those three songs already account for a lot more than your 10%.
But 'words that dont fit the beats' for 'My Terracotta Heart' - come on. Whether they do or not is one debate, but who decided that they need to? When Graham Coxon says that his appreciation of sonics might be a little more advanced than that of other, are we seriously willing to argue with that? Okay, you can like a song, dislike a song, call it formulaic or the lyrics daft, but surely we have to accept that Blur are conscious of when something is or isn't in time, and capable of deciding whether they want it to be in time. When you watch a Premier League footballer it'd be fair enough to criticise him for missing an open goal, but you couldn't credibly criticise him for not knowing that the goal even existed.
And why do you need to be caught 'off guard' in order to be excited by a new Blur album? The fact that you need to be suggests that you're expecting them to produce rubbish. And that might explain your problem.