ALBUM TITLE : MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH
ARTIST : BLUR
GENRE : ALTERNATIVE ROCK
DATE RELEASED : 2006
When you read the album title you would surely say that not again, another anti-modern tracks composed by pretending socially relevant musicians. You would expect songs that are angry and mad hooks, vibes, and grooves. In other words, Modern Life is Rubbish is full of tracks where Blur can complain, attack, whine, and reflect. With that you also expect songs that have excellent rhythm, tempo, and ambience.
The tone is supposedly set by “Advert” where the lead singer sang about escaping the boring billboards and neon ads that he saw frequently while going home or going to work. It has straightforward lyrics and anyone can understand what the song is all about. “Blue Jeans” is about holding on to what you feel comfortable and resist what fashion and fads are offering. Indeed, there are still people who are resistant to the lure of commercialism and still prefer the natural order of things when it comes to looking for relationship.
In “For Tomorrow,” it is quite surprising that the mood set in this track is about loneliness and you can really feel the emotion of people who are alone and lonely and trying to find mind deeper meaning with other people. You can say that “Oily Water” is all about substances and how it makes people depend on them as a cure for everything and intentionally omit knowing the effects of these substances. There is no doubt that “Resigned” is about trying to accept things the way it is. There is no need to battle the evils of modernism as it really makes things easy for everyone.
The band only became aghast and angry with modern life in “Sunday Sunday” and they sang about how things not being it used to be and mankind has become slaves to the gadgets and perks and benefits of modern life. However, it is only the lyrics and the song intro where you can say that they are against with the modern world. The melody of the song is quite not right as instead of providing angry sounds what you have is a sunny and cheerful tune. Well, you say that this could be the band’s “Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club” song. “Turn It Up” is the most listenable track in this album and it reminds you of how great they in terms of composing boy band types of song like their earlier hit “Girls and Boys.”
This album is not a social commentary but rather just deal on experiences about modern living and the pros and cons. What makes the album incoherent is the lack of clear emotional direction. It tries to be angry in terms of sounds but the lyrics are not. There are songs with angry lyrics but the musical treatment is quite cheerful. Maybe Blur is trying to tell that people in the modern world are ironic. They complain about the evils of it but really enjoy the benefits brought by modern things.
I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it