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Album of the Day 3/17/11

Like everyone else around the world with an internet connection, we’ve been glued to the web trying to figure out what’s happening in Japan. If you are there, our thoughts are with you, and please get out if there is any conceivable way that you can: in case you haven’t been keeping up, there’s been a slow meltdown going on in three reactors there, possibly for the past three days. In the meantime, we’ll be continuing all our regular features on this blog as we typically do unless we are no longer able to on this side of the world. So, as we do every day, our 1000 best albums of all time countdown continues all the way to #1. Thursday’s album is #684:

Blur – The Great Escape

We were going to go with something festive in honor of St. Paddy’s day, but we’ve already done the Pogues, and besides, it’s pretty much impossible to be very festive right now. So instead we give you this ruthless, brutally sarcastic 1997 art-rock concept album that mocks the shallowness and vapidity of Tony Blair/Bill Clinton era yuppies – it was a similar kind of greed, after all, that built those Japanese reactors. Damon Albarn wastes no time getting going with Stereotypes, followed by the even harsher Country House, the sardonic Best Days and brutal Charmless Man. The blandness of yuppie status-grubbing gets excoriated in Fade Away, Mr. Robinson’s Quango and He Thought of Cars; the deathlike boredom in Ernold Same and It Could Be You; the fascism in Top Man and ultimately, death, personified in the lush, towering, epic The Universal. Blur made catchier albums – Modern Life Is Rubbish and Parklife are both full of killer tunes – but both of them also include a bunch of duds. Download this before the US military shuts down blogspot and wordpress (and maybe mediafire too; after all, you can upload videos of horror in Japan to that site too); here’s a random torrent.

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