BLUR Share Only-Japan-LP-Edition Track ‘STICKS AND STONES’ Sung By GRAHAM COXON – Top Nugget

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22 August 2023

A month ago Britpop champs BLUR launched their 9th LP, titled The Ballad Of Darren.
Their first in 8 years, followed by a deluxe edition two weeks later, with a couple of new songs from those recording sessions.

And here’s another new track, titled STICKS AND STONES
that featured only on the Japanese edition of the LP (why?).


Graham Coxon with The Waeve at Lokerse Feesten on 7 August – photo by Turn Up The Volume

It’s very rare that a Blur song is not sung by Damon Albarn. Like it happened
on the 1999 hit Coffee And TV when guitarist Graham Coxon did the singing
(also vocalist on his solo records and recently with his new project The Waeve).


Blur at Lokerse Feesten (Belgium) on 8 August – photo by Turn Up The Volume

And Coxon does it again on this trippy pop nugget with a funky groove and schizo guitars. One of the best pieces of the LP that wasn’t on the LP (except in Japan) and yes, great vocals by Coxon.

Listen/watch.

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BLUR Already Dropped A Deluxe Edition Of New Album ‘THE BALLAD OF DARREN’ – Hear The 2 New Added Tracks

25 July 2023

Last Friday BLUR launched their 9th LP, titled The Ballad Of Darren.
Their first in 8 years (The Magic Whip came out in 2015).

A (too) chill-out, romantic and ruminative record like if Damon Albarn took
some time off his busy Gorillaz schedule, got lazy and decided to dream/write
some mellow ballads. Mind you, good songs, but too many reveries for my liking.
I expected/wanted more rippers like St. Charles Square (actually the only rocker
on the LP).

Anyway, yesterday they already dropped a deluxe edition with
two new tracks from The Ballad Of Darren sessions on it.

The upbeat cut The Rabbi and another mellow ballad named The Swan.
I don’t have a clue why these 2 songs weren’t on the original album in the
first place. Take the money and run, I suppose.

THE RABBI

THE SWAN

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Former Britpop Heroes BLUR Have Their New Melancholic Album ‘THE BALLAD OF DARREN’ Out Now

21 July 2023

Today Brit-pop-rock icons BLUR launched their
9th LP, baptized The Ballad Of Darren. Their first
in 8 years (The Magic Whip came out in 2015).

Pre-order info here.

The artwork depicts a photo of the Gourock Pool
in Renfrewshire (Scotland)
by British photographer
Martin Parr.

NME says: “Their brilliance continues The band’s joyous reunion only gets more emotional with this tear-jerking, soaring epic. Unlike many of their peers, there has never been a timelessness to a Blur album – that’s a good thing. When you listen to ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ now, you can feel disdain for the culture that surrounded them, or the raw confusion of heartbreak on 1999’s ‘13’; they have a way of transporting you to a precise moment or emotion. It’s why ‘The Ballad of Darren’ is so memorable and touching: you can feel it, everything, in every line sung or note played. Speaking to NME last week, Rowntree says that when they were recording, “everything we tried, worked”, and that “magic was in the air”. It is keenly felt here; may it never fade away.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

TUTV: Lots of slow ones, lots of reflective musings, lots of romantic ballads (including Darren‘s one), lots of melancholia. They only rock out on the punked-up St. Charles Square.
To be honest, a surprisingly intimate record but it grows on you slowly but surely.

Singles/clips: The Narcissist / St. Charles Square

– THE NARCISSIST –

– ST. CHARLES SQUARE –

See you next month.
WOOHOO!

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Waking Up With… Britpop Legends BLUR Rockin’ Out Big Time On New Single Titled ‘ST. CHARLES SQUARE

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30 June 2023


Album artwork

Early this year London‘s Britpop legends BLUR announced
several massive shows in and out of the UK, but no hint at
new music.

But that changed last month when they announced their 9th LP, named
The Ballad Of Darren, and planned to be released on 21 July.

Pre-order info here.

The artwork depicts a photo of the Gourock Pool in Renfrewshire (Scotland)
by British photographer Martin Parr.

Following last month’s first single, Blur-esque pop tune The Narcissist we get a 2nd appetizer ST. CHARLES SQUARE. A different kind of beast. Graham Coxon (confirmed
by Albarn, see below) can/may riff and rock again on a Blur track.

Albarn about it: “I was just really relieved it went this way in the studio. I mean, in my demo it sort of alluded to it because of the chords that hold in the chorus — it’s got that chug to it — but Graham [Coxon] really went with it … It’s got an amazing atmosphere. Everybody’s playing really well on that thing.”

Woohoo!

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Waking Up With… Britpop Legends BLUR And Their Brand New Single ‘THE NARCISSIST’

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19 May 2023


Album artwork

Earlier this year London‘s Britpop legends BLUR announced
several massive shows in and out of the UK, but no hint at
new music.

And now out of the blue comes the news that they have a new album,
their 9th, named THE BALLAD OF DARREN, ready to be released on 21 July.
Pre-order info here.

The artwork depicts a photo of the Gourock Pool in Renfrewshire (Scotland)
by British photographer Martin Parr.

Damon Albarn (frontman): “It’s an aftershock record loaded
with reflection and comment on where we find ourselves now.”

Graham Coxon (guitarist): “The older and madder we get, it becomes
more essential that what we play is loaded with the right emotion and
intention. Sometimes just a riff doesn’t do the job.”

And here comes the first single titled THE NARCISSIST.
A melancholic Blur-esque pop tune that sticks instantly.
Great guitar work by Coxon.

Listen.

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