Ok, so I am a long time fan of self-titled. I've loved it since it first came out. It reminded me, simultaneously, of Beck, with a pinch of Pavement, a salute to Nirvana, and a really eerie and intoxicatig last few tracks.
If you read my posts, you know that I'm interested in music history, and that I often compare artists to other artists from other eras.
Then I heard 13 and I thought I was dreaming. What an album! Influences from Devo and the Stooges to Spiritualized and Spacemen 3. A really fascinating album, mildly experimental in a Beatle-esque way. The Beatles and Blur are both pop bands are heart, who love to make challenging (but isolated, compaxt) litte evolutionary steps.
Think tank is incredible. I need to listen more, but it might.... just might... be as good or better than 13.
I haven't delved into anything before that, except for Parklife, which I found boring and derivative.
Any suggestions on pre-"Blur" Blur albums that might tickle my fancy a bit more, eh?
Some reviewer said they were the biggest UK band of the '90s. I want to know more about this. I lived in London for a time, but know nothing about what the English consider to be appropriately representative of themselves. It's surprising that an album as out-there and bizarre (FOR A POP RECORD... easily digestible to any Sonic Youth or Spacemen3 album, achieved success . Good shit.
What's Blur's legacy, and what are the early albums i should look into if I love B,13, and TT so much,