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Graham Coxon

A+E

The ex-Blur guitarist dabbles in a range of rock styles on his 8th solo effort and plays all the instruments

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Parlophone
UK Release date
02/04/2012
US Release date
24/04/2012
  1. 10.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    The guitarist’s eighth solo record leaves Blur and Gorillaz sprawling in its dust, laying down the new template for modern rock music
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  2. 9.0 |   DIY

    This is Graham Coxon at his most uninhibited and confident. Both more rock and more experimental than anything previously released as a solo artist
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  3. 9.0 |   The Fly

    An album packed full of krautrock thrums, yelps of disenchantment and a track called ‘Meet + Drink + Pollinate’
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  4. 9.0 |   BBC

    A+E is by far his finest work to date; a brilliantly inventive and majestically sprawling album which sees the multi-skilled musician take on a wry, Philip Larkin-esque role of the eccentric outsider
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  5. 9.0 |   NME

    Coxon has made one the best albums of his career - a pop record with dangerously anti-social tendencies
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  6. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Possibly the finest Coxon album yet
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  7. 8.0 |   The AU Review

    It is raucous, lively, and has some great moments throughout. Whilst it’s not an album that will immediately ingratiate itself to listeners, it’s definitely worth a bit of perseverance
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  8. 8.0 |   music OMH

    A+E will quite possibly be the best thing to come out of the Blur camp this year, for it is a hugely exciting album that forges new ground for its maker to stride forth over
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  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A kind of white-boy dance record — all knees and elbows — powered by angular guitar, gruff percussion, post-punk disdain,
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  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Coxon's wilfully abrasive eighth solo album might bring him full circle, but it also sends him spiralling into thrilling new territory
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  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    A+E represents a finer modern contribution than any of the other Blur boys
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  12. 8.0 |   Q

    When he's on this sort of excitable form, no one, Albran included, can keep up. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Loud and lively, fast and fuzzy, this scattering of creative energy is the most persuasive solo record Coxon has released
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  14. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It is fresh, feisty and funny, with Coxon’s estuary English giving Damon Albarn a run for his mockney money
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  15. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    Damon Albarn may be the one pushing out the musical boat these days, but Graham Coxon holds fast to the ability to please himself and charm others at the same time
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  16. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Plenty of artists employ lo-fi recording as a last-ditch grab for new ideas, but with this snarling set it’s the natural outsider’s choice
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  17. 7.0 |   Pop Matters

    More than enough proof that Graham Coxon is still one of Britain’s coolest and most interesting rock guitarists
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  18. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    Aggressively dark and primitive
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  19. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Certainly not for everyone, but longtime fans of Coxon’s work should consider this an essential addition to their collection
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  20. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Although Coxon’s experiments in texture are largely successful, the album is hamstrung by a handful of weak tracks
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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Sophisticated it's not but, by and large, it's thrilling, the guitarist's zest for life evident throughout
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  22. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Lots of fun, a whirlwind romp through grubby rock landmarks. Print edition only

  23. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    While A&E may not be all “easy listening”, it’s is an accomplished and complex effort. Give it time, though – Coxon covers a lot of ground
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  24. 4.0 |   Tone Deaf

    While this is a slightly new direction it’s drawing from a skill set that Coxon doesn’t yet possess
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  25. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Finds him reverting to the lo-fi strategies of earlier solo outings
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