Picks and Pans Review: Blur
Talk about taking your name too seriously. On their fifth album, this British foursome abandons the smart, catchy songs that once made it second only to Oasis on the U.K. charts—and on the verge of breakout here—and lets chaos rule. The disc's lone standout, the snappy "Song 2," lasts all of two minutes.
Unfortunately, everything else is considerably longer. Sounding more like a haphazard collection of out-takes than a fully realized work, Blur vacillates wildly from drowsy, tuneless psychedelia to trashy punk to jangly sing-along pop-rock with the band never committing to—or excelling at—any particular genre. (Virgin)