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Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 01 Nov 2015, 21:15
by northernmonkey
After a number of months of constant listening to TMW this song still seems to have that fresh wow factor for me at least. I don't think before TMW's release I could ever imagine what A Blur song could or should sound like off a new album but if I could take all the things that made them special and throw them into a catchy pop song it would sound like this but not as good. It's got Damon at his playful and mournful best, Graham delivering great guitar and even better vocals and Dave & Alex delivering drums and bass that throws out all the concerns of what they can offer new Blur material after so many years doing other ventures.

I love other TMW songs especially Ghost Ship but this like GS covers so many emotions and a hell of a lot of depth and even better it sounds amazing live and feel it has earned it's right to be placed in regular set lists as the band and audience aleady seem to have an attachment to this song.

For me after all these years there couldn't be a better song to open an album and announce Blur's return. Not trying to start a new post for every TMW song but certainly would be interested in other people's thoughts on this after so many months, postive or negative.

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 01 Nov 2015, 21:34
by Lt Pinkerton
I just wish Graham's guitar solo wasn't so low in the mix. It's still one of my favourite Blur album openers though.

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 01 Nov 2015, 23:00
by northernmonkey
The guitars could be a bit higher I guess, but I still have to pinch myself when I hear a Graham vocal on new Blur songs.

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 03:21
by goadamn
Seeing/hearing them play it live in LA was the first time I truly dug that track.
So much more noise and groove in the live version

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 13:29
by JAIME
It's the 2nd best song of TMW for me.

Great vocals by Graham, I love when he sings "Step inside the tarmac ride to the land that crime forgot, oh just don't go there, cracks inside the tarmac ride to the land that crime forgot, oh noooo". I can hear some Beatles 67 influence in the sound during those lines.

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 14:51
by AdvertBreak
Really random comment, but the intro always reminds me of Bjork's There's More to Life Than This.

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 20:08
by tom_cas1
I prefer the live version, hearing it at MODE was incredible.

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 20:32
by murfman04
Yeah the Mode version was great, really miss that louder guitar solo in the studio version!!
Having said that, I remember the first time listening to the studio version and it was on headphones, goosebumps for nearly every section!
especially the chorus and Graham bits! :)
I showed my mate and he laughed and said That's so Blur!

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 20:40
by dparrott
My favorite song from TMW. Great idea to slow down the chorus too, just dreamy.

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 21:00
by northernmonkey
I think the first time I heard it being played at the mode gig, I thought what a punchy sort of verse, heard Graham doing backing vocals I though holy shit that sounds so good and then the emotional chorus kicked in, it was too much and to hear Graham's solo vocal bit later in the song, well I though all those years and years of waiting we're well worth it. I actually really like the studio version :)

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 21:03
by northernmonkey
Just to clear it up I unfortunately wasn't at the Mode gig, but thanks for those who were who recorded it that night.

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 23:31
by KingLouieLouie76
No mere words can describe how in awe I've been of this song upon my first listen and then to witness it live at Hyde Park!

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 03 Nov 2015, 03:34
by metalhipslop
one of the best blur songs and openers. it's the For Tomorrow of the album in my opinion

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 03 Nov 2015, 16:52
by aldamasta
I agree. blur have some damn good openers, and Lonesome Street kept that going.

Re: Lonesome Street appreciation

Posted: 03 Nov 2015, 17:01
by AstronomyD81
I love this song is one of my favourites of the new album and that Graham bit at the end of the song was a nice surprise!