The Great Escape
Blur: Damon Albarn
(vocals, piano, organ, synthesizer, handclaps)
Beyond British and
sensationally sociological, Blur and singer/songwriter Damon Albarn
weave tales of stifling middle class quirks into clever pop vignettes.
THE GREAT ESCAPE is a demonstration of Blur's unique intelligence, more
of Albarn's witty commentary, and substantial proof that the group may
be bordering on genius. Albarn's senses are keen on THE GREAT ESCAPE.
His ear for melody and sound textures shines throughout the album's
fifteen brilliant tracks. The ska horns and spy soundtrack guitar riffing
on "Fade Away" exemplify Blur's knack for pop music, yet elevate the
song beyond simple genre-fication, with a dignity reserved for the orchestra
pit. The snide humor behind "Mr. Robinson And His Quango" rubs shoulders
with the desperation of "He Thought Of Cars," all the while dwelling
on what they hope to escape.