Blur fans in for an oasis of pleasure
Review by ANDREW TSUI
Blur - Blur (Parlophone) Essex's statesmen of Brit-pop come charging with a ferocious record that eclipses even Parklife or The Great Escape.
You can hear a completely different sound, approach and attitude, probably closer in procedure to the underground American-style.
A monster of an album that bridges the gap between Blur fans old and new.
Chaque Jour Est Un Long - Elsa (BMG) Elsa is back with her fourth album which is produced by Robin Millar, best known for producing Fine Young Cannibals, Everything But The Girl, Sade and Patricia Kaas.
Fans with an ear for Elsa's trademark belting will get a taste of this with wonderfully crafted tunes. Her unique alto wafts lazily over a lush piano arrangement that focuses on her songs' sweet harmony and choruses.
Dizzy Heights - Lightning Seeds (Epic) Formed by Ian Broudie, his band releases this fine new album after their previous collection, Jollification, sold more than 600,000 copies in Britain.
Dizzy Heights filled with rootsy, acoustic-based pop-rock that succeeds in feeding the Top 40's need for a succinct hook, while giving the more serious listener smart words and crafty arrangement to 'nosh' on.
Wonderfully layered and full of pure emotion, tracks like What If, Sugar Coated Iceberg and Fingers and Thumbs will surpass fans' expectations.