Despite the quality of the execution, it’s difficult to shake the sense that A+E has been done before.
I'd suggest you need to get a clue.
you perhaps COULD have made a relevant point, but you didn't tie together the opening paragraphs with the main body of the review, or sum up your point at the end. So basically you say that you don't like Blur (if you think that Brits performance was bad you've clearly NEVER seen them perform live before. That's just what they sound like live, and it's great) and not much else.
All of Coxon's solo stuff has been dreadful (I loved Happiness In Magazines when I was 14 years old, mind) and it doesn't look like this is any different.
Coxon is ace. This review is odd.
Happiness In Magazines came out EIGHT years ago, I'm fucking 22. But time flies when you're an old man, huh? And what, do you reckon I've never seen Starshaped or Showtime or any of the countless TV show and festival appearances which have been all over youtube for years? What about the Brit awards performance was "not how they normally sound live"?! Basically all anyone was referring to when they criticised it was Damon's vocal, which has NEVER been (anywhere near) perfect.
Clicking on your profile, it seems like you've registered here specifically to post this comment, therefore you're obviously some dull super fan with an already biased opinion. Most of Coxon's songwriting is throwaway. The Spinning Top is alright, but nothing more- his songwriting has always been extremely shallow. Also, every other review of this hasn't been glowing- it got a 6 in Mojo. And if you're actually trying to say that Happiness In Magazines is a good album (it's got 'People Of The Earth' on it, for fucks sake) then I'd question your sanity. Or I'd at least advise you on some worthwhile music to spend your time listening to.
And by the way, I saw them in 2003 actually. Though I guess you'd say "that wasn't REAL Blur cause Coxon wasn't in the band blah blah blah". You know, just fuck off.
Then I guess they've always been unforgivably bad, but I don't really believe that people are that stupid. I'm pretty sure they came across a lot better at Glastonbury (Albarn was pretty tuneful!). His voice has always had its endearing flaws, but it's never sounded as give-a-fuck awful as that Brits set.
Also very strange to argue against songs like Parklife having dated. They've written a good number of great songs but their mockney ones do come off a bit insincere and grating these days.
Obviously you can disagree, but I thought you folks were coming down on this reviewer as if his opinions were idiotic and that seemed a bit strong, especially considering he's right. ;-D
With the needless long intros into reviews. And, if you do, get your facts right... Adele only put her middle finger up.
I like how he has decided to not write any lovey dovey songs on here... that's a tough task. I think it's brilliant... quite dark and even a tad oppressive at times. A million miles from Spinning Top, which was also brilliant.
No mention of 'Meet and Drink and Pollinate' in the review, which I think is a TRACK.
Coxon is a genius, end of S.T.O.R.Y.