Blur | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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When the La's came through town a few months ago on the heels of their slice-o'-heaven single, "There She Goes," everyone was excited about the prospects of the group live--particularly since the blustery band members kept talking about how great they were onstage. Turned out they were a bloody bore. Now, in contrast, comes Blur, another British jangly pop band. "She's So High," the lead-off track on their U.S. debut Leisure--all impeccable technorock--takes a stately guitar change-up and smears it all over a thudding rhythm section and a drifting-on-air vocal. "There's No other Way" does similar things, except over a beat about twice as fast and with a hook about twice as grabby. These guys are sharp, too: the opening riff of one song, "Fool," is an energetic but tired cliche--but they switch gears after about five seconds to dispense yet another pop gem. Very groovy. Slowdive opens. Tuesday, 7:30 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Zanna.

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