Country house (canzone dei Blur del 1995)

Country House è il singolo apripista dell’album-capolavoro dei Blur THE GREAT ESCAPE, vero e proprio caposaldo degli anni ’90. In aperta polemica in quel periodo con gli amici-nemici Oasis (nemici a dire il vero più per volere di questi ultimi) dovettero subire la concorrenza del singolo Roll With it, pubblicato nel medesimo giorno e con cui venne innescata una lotta senza quartiere all’ultimo disco, culminata comunque con un lusinghiero dato di 500.000 copie vendute.

La canzone è un inno al dandysmo e mostra le grandi qualità compositive del frontman Damon Albarn, il quale nel testo dipinge un opulento signore che risiede in una grande tenuta di campagna soffrendo però tutte le fisime e le ansie di chi vive nelle grandi città, compreso il ricorso all’analisi e l’uso smodato di farmaci. Il motivo musicale è godereccio, orecchiabile e trascinante soprattutto nel ritornello, dove trovano posto anche assoli di tromba e tastiere pimpanti. Non meno importante il video, diventato nel tempo un vero cult, dove i quattro componenti si immaginano come prigionieri di un gioco da tavolo intitolato “Escape from the rat race” mostrandosi in una serie di situazioni surreali barra demenziali, ed inserendovi diverse citazioni dalle comiche di Benny Hill alla celebre disposizione delle 4 facce a rombo in chiaroscuro del video Bohemian Rhapsody dei Queen. Tornando agli Oasis, si può ipotizzare ma non si ha la certezza che la frase del testo “He’s got morning glory and life’s a different story” sia una frecciatina al gruppo dei fratelli Gallagher dato che è fin troppo evidente l’assonanza col titolo del loro imminente album, anche se non era ancora stato distribuito all’epoca della pubblicazione del singolo, ma è probabile che il titolo circolasse già sotto traccia.

Country house è ancora oggi uno dei singoli del quartetto britannico più trasmessi dalle radio, anche se inserito nel contesto di un album che ha una marea di gemme preziose quali The Universal, Charmless man e Dan Abnormal.

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