To record the album, Blur relocated to Morocco. Some have argued this change of scenery has obvious effects on the album as many songs have “non-Western” world melodies and sounds. On top of this geographic move, the band integrated new players into their mix. Fatboy Slim mixes two of the tracks (“Crazy Beat” and “Gene by Gene”) giving parts of the album a dance music feel. During the recording of this album, the guitarist Graham Coxon quit the band; to many Blur fans, this was very upsetting, as Coxon was highly regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of contemporary times. Allegedly, the group confronted and clashed with Coxon’s alcoholism and had other unresolved disputes. He did contribute to some songs before leaving, and many people agree that his stylistic signature seems to show up most on “Battery in Your Leg” with its big rush of a distorted, delayed guitar swooping down into the song seemingly out of nowhere.
The album was well received critically. On top of receiving a nomination for Best British Album at the 2004 BRIT Awards, it earned Q Magazine’s Album of the Year Award.
Edited by inwidhlemmas on 3 Oct 2008, 16:19
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