The Golden D - Graham Coxon
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  • Summary: The second solo effort from Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, following 1998's 'The Sky Is Too High.'
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. A maniacal slab of DIY punk rock ?
  2. 70
    This is decidedly not for those who require slick and flawless recordings. It's not particularly an album for those who demand sheer brilliance every step of the way, either. For all its sonic oddities, The Golden D doesn't always have songs that rise far beyond mere ambition.
  3. 60
    An endearingly petulant collection of nasty hardcore guitar tunes.
  4. It's not for everyone. It's certainly not for Blur fans of Country House vintage. Nor is it the best dinner party album in the world ever. But it's no knottier than 13 and in its own noisy way, great fun.
  5. it paints crudely and schematically a portrait of the artist as messed-up, disillusioned, self-indulgent twerp with an unhealthy appreciation of the mid-'80s US guitar underground, whose demo-quality doodlings (Graham plays, sings, produces and paints everything. And all to a rather average standard) should probably have never seen the light of day.
  6. Too often Coxon's sketches-in-song come off as coy experiments -- fascinating to himself, perhaps, but holding little interest for those of us outside the lab.
  7. 20
    A largely useless excuse for a bored millionaire to air out his late-night bedroom recordings at the expense of the kids.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. samg
    Apr 23, 2004
    This is pure gold.
  2. MattQ
    Oct 17, 2003
    Graham's such a character. He's shy and yet he spews forth such angry squiggles on his guitar. It's not perfect, but it's a stack better than all that punk pop and emo out there. Expand