Blur, Blur

When Blur effectively defeated Oasis in the Britpop wars, it was because of its self-titled album. In the years leading up to its 1997 release, the two bands had traded numerous barbs in interviews--criticizing each other's for-realness, letting loose accusations of having repackaged yet another era of British rock. That is, until this album, when Blur repackaged everything on the contemporary angular, lo-fi American indie rock scene, adding an impressive, big-production Britpop bow. And one more thing: Woo-hoo!

Andrew Womack is a founding editor of The Morning News. He is always working on the next installment of the Albums of the Year series at TMN. More by Andrew Womack

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