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I like the extended version of “For Tomorrow” so much more than the album version; that outro really amps up the drama. It really should be the version that opens the album.
Three of the Partridge-produced cuts were included in the 4 disc rarities set that was part of last summer’s box set. There’s one totally new song that was never used anywhere else along with Partridge-produced versions of “Coping” and “Sunday Sunday” that sound dramatically different than the Stephen Street versions; the entire song structure of “Sunday Sunday” was changed significantly and this version of “Coping” sounds like an attempt to have a US radio hit, circa 1993 (lots of reverb! probably why Albarn didn’t like it). Fans seem to be divided about these three cuts; they’re much bolder/louder than the Street productions and hint at a much different record than MLIR turned out to be. I, for one, would love to hear the rest of them though.
This is roughly the direction I’d been hoping they’d go in ever since “Too Too Too Fast” (my favorite song on the first record), but I have to say I do miss their absolutely IMMENSE live drumming from that second record. Maybe there will be more of it on the other songs on this album but the percussion made an almost Genesis-like racket on that second record and I hope they didn’t swap that out completely for drum machines.
Aside from the fact that it’s the first song many Americans heard of theirs (which might elevate it, nostalgically, for many), I don’t think that there are many serious Blur fans who would put it in a top ten. It’s enjoyable enough but it’s not a high water mark.
“On Your Own”
Has Beck lost interest in making albums? It’s been four years now…