Submitted by Chimney Singing... on 27 August 2012 - 12:08pm
What's it called?:
21 - Box Set
What does it sound like?:
Everything really, and in that sense, the true heirs to the Beatles. The breadth of material here is draw dropping, from the woozy boozy swirl of the 'Leisure' material, through to the bright colours of the 'Parklife' and 'Great Escape' material, the White Album perfection of the gorgeous 'Beetlebum' right through to the white noise Afrobeat of 'Music Is My Radar', a band that only repeated itself once and had a record out every 18 months. The B-sides and rarer material fill in the gaps and shows the band in all of its experimental glory, with Graham Coxon providing vivid textures that ensured they always sounded unique and wildly original but counterbalanced by Damon's superlative songwriting that always locks it to a wonderful melody. The range of styles is mind boggling but what is more fascinating is how much still sounds completely new and untethered to any influence at all. The band sound completely free to experiment whilst always anchored to top notch tunes. Sound familiar?
What does it all *mean*?:
It's interesting to listen to 'The Great Escape' anew - like 'Sergeant Pepper', it's a record that, if you want a guitar album, will disappoint you. If you can free yourself from that and enjoy the arrangements and instrumentation you'll be surprised
Goes well with …:
A Bank Holiday. There's 18 discs and three DVDs (sadly not including 'Star Shaped'). You need to really lose yourself in this and follow the bands trajectory through the eight years from 'Leisure' to '13' and fully appreciate this incredible band.
Might suit people who like …:
Top drawer song-writing, noise, melody, harmony, imagination, experimentation, masterful arrangements, diverse instrumentation and brutal chaos.