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Parklife

Blur

1994

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Parklife

Rating

3.45

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Oh. Another britpop album. What a surprise. Honestly, all of these bands are starting to sound exactly the same. Much like their food, British pop music seems to be mostly bland and uninspiring.

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Fuckin' Blur albums are too long and filled with shit man.

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So British. Very playful. Sort of all over the place. I think Blur is the most fun of all the Britpop groups.

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British people act like these guys were legends, but its pretty mediocre stuff.

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Nice try posh boys.

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5

This album tastes like sunshine. It perfectly encapsulates the energy and colour of the 90s. Even the more reflective, melancholic moments, it glimmers with light and hope. A bright spark in an already illuminating decade. Vorsprung durch technik.

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5

Full of life, angst, and Damon Albarn’s beautiful vocals and bright guitars.

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I got into Blur way too late. I really dig this album!

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5

The first half of this album is as good as pop music gets. Sensational. The second part loses momentum , but still has This Is A Low and To The End to pull it round. Easy 5 stars.

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5

Some of my favourite blur songs are on this album. I even enjoyed the interludes.

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5

Indie pop classssic. Glamourised the mundane like nobody before. Nothing more to say... I love it!

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5

<3. London London London as a mysterious otherworldly place. It's not romantic and that's what I love, it's just big and urban and different.

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5

This album was my world 25 years ago. Mixed feelings now, some parts are overwhelmingly cringy but there moments of true quality. 5 stars just for my 15 year old past self.

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Fun and thoughtful and clever.

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Classic. Love this album.

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5

This is a contender for my favorite Blur album. The song "Parklife" was a favorite of my brother and me when I was in high school. The overtly British stuff is charming, like "Bank Holiday" and "London Loves." Several great songs on here and I think it covers a fair amount of ground while staying cohesive as an album throughout.

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fun

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5

MASTERPIECE. ICONIC. GENIUS.

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5

I liked this album very much. It sounds so true and so fun. It sounds like "good days". I didn't know Blur much more than "Song 2", but now I'll search for all other albums to know a little bit more. Definitively, worths it!

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Noch einmal 20 sein? Bittesehr, hiermit ist das alles wieder da: die Big Love for All Things British, die Buchstabe für Buchstabe eingeatmeten Ausgaben von NME und Select, die noch frischen Erinnerungen an das Erstaunen und den Kulturschock beim ersten Ansehen von Quadrophenia nur wenige Jahre zuvor, der ganze jugendliche Leichtsinn und all die naive Neugierde auf das, was jetzt hoffentlich bald losgeht. Kritische Distanz zu diesem bestimmt (tatsächlich) 100 mal gehörten Album: wie soll das denn gehen? Deshalb auch genau die Anzahl Punkte, die hier schon seit 27 Jahren rumliegt und immer noch kein bisschen Staub angesetzt hat. (I'm a nineties bitch, was soll ich machen?)

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Loved it, pure nostalgia

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One of my favourite albums by one of my favourite bands. A true 10 out of 10 album.

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Yay a proper all time favourite. Legendary status. 10/10

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A classic album from our formative years. So many good tunes on here. A handful of forgettable tunes though, but they’re outweighed by the bangers.

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An absolute classic. The heady glorious days of Britop in its prime. Brings back so many nostalgic memories of early teenage years. So many debates over what was better, this or Definitely Maybe. Still don’t know the answer

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I'm not sure why I disliked this album so much in the past. It's a belter.

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One of the all time great Britpop albums and the main reason why Blur were better than Oasis.

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Arguably the definitive Britpop album, Blur's Parklife carries you along with its bouncy pop hooks and dry lyricism.

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Love that album

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5

A bit ‘raw’ in places, but that just adds to its charm

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Brit pop anthems, but also I had forgotten their range and depth, love it.

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5

I had just relistened to this for the umpteenth time a couple of days ago, it's one of my favorite albums, the best album of the 90s if you ask me. I was originally hooked by Boys and Girls but every time I listen to it a different song jumps out as a new favorite, the title track, "End of a Centurty," "This Is a Low," even "Jubilee." Currently it's "To the End."

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5

Peut-être le meilleur album de Blur, de la Brit-pop qui fait plaisir

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5

Another easy one for me. I handwrite out all the lyrics when I taped my friend's copy of this so I could sing along. It was the first album that wasn't a pop compilation or PJ and Duncan that I obsessed over. I was 10, and I wanted to be Graham Coxon. I forgot to write any more while I was listening, just enjoying it! It's subtler than it gets credit for.

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5

Awesome album! I'm constantly surprised by how varied Blur is while keeping their almost comical signature sound.

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I cheered when I saw this assignment. I had discovered this album just a month prior and loved it. I'm a fan of Gorillaz, and pre-Gorillaz Damon Albarn doesn't disappoint.

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Really cool album. Lots of different styles of music mashed into one.

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11/26/2021 Today's Album: "Parklife" by Blur - FYI I am writing this as I listen to each song. After researching, it turns out I already have some songs by this group on my playlist. Girls and Boys is a great opener to this album, with this fun and bouncy backtrack that is just layered up with these whiny vocals that actually work pretty well and these rock guitars. There's also a bunch of cool channel specific synth effects that I really dig. I know I'm still on the first song but damn the breakdown at 3 minutes is also so cool and I just really love the sound of it so far. Tracy Jacks is nowhere near as explosive as Girls and Boys, but I think it's a good follow up and it's still a pretty fun song, if not a little repetitive. Also damn the strings switch up is cool as hell. Oh my god the production on End of a Century is next level. I absolutely love this song it's like if the Beatles were grungy with those muted trumpets and distorted guitars. Parklife is a very interesting song, with the layering beat and laid-back spoken word vocals. I keep wanting to say the vocals are annoying, but then there's some great harmony or the instrumentals take center focus, and I can't really complain anymore. Bank Holiday is a stinky track. It sounds like the most annoying Green Day song but with Gorillaz vocals. Okay but that noise rock pop off at the end though okay okay I see you. Badhead is a very pretty piece of psyche pop. I really like the pretty flowery guitars and the synth in the left channel. The vocals are also much less obnoxious, and I think that it directly following Bank Holiday makes that track much more bearable and makes it make more sense within the track list. Fantastic track. The debt collector has this creepy carnival atmosphere to it. Very moody, but playful. Wow the flutes and clarinets add a whole new layer to this vv good yes i like. Far Out is just that, far out. I think it's a nice way to split up the album with some weird ass experimental noises. The vocals actually meld somewhat well with this, and it reminds me of a weird track off of a Ween album and the way the vocals trail off is so cool. I actually really like this song as well, damn. To the End is a super nice song. I love that the vocalist is really pushing his abilities and the psychedelic guitars mixed with such chill percussion is so cool. I really like this album holy damn. Oh wow the sparkly little flourish on To the End holy cow. London Loves absolutely fucks. Everything about this instrumental just screams CUM. I can't help but boogie down to this one. The hook and chorus are fantastic, and I am not bored for a second. The fucked-up guitar solo around 2 minutes makes me nut. This band is so good at balancing their sounds to make it just go down so smooth. The sampled traffic narrator in the left channel are mixed so well. This album is absolutely blowing my mind. Trouble in the Message Centre is this cool retro futuristic track. I don't think I'm crazy about the vocals in the beginning but I'm waiting to see where it goes. The instrumental is so good I'm waiting for the vocals to stop sounding so monotone, but I think that's sort of what they're going for. This guitar solo at 2:10 is absolutely making up for the poor parts of this track. I overall think it fits the flow of the album well, even if it isn't a great track by itself. Clover Over Dover starts off really strong with these harpsicord piano sounds mixed well with a psychedelic guitar and steady drums. I like the vocals a lot in this song and the bridge has these really cool laid-back vocals that hug my ears. Me like. Magic America sounds a little funky at first but as you get used to the sound it really opens up. The bubbly noises in the second verse is so cool and I really like how consistent all of the choruses are. They all sound so natural and clean. The solo on this song is so weird but so cool at the same time. This weird instrument just shines over the backdrop of the distorted guitar and rock drums and the descending synth at the end just closes up this track perfectly. Jubilee sounds like it could have come off of Pablo Honey by Radiohead. Its a little too blown out for me to really like it. I do like the strange descending note at around 2:00 but its short lived and the saxophones in the background just don't do enough to save the song. This is maybe the only bad track other than bank holiday, and it isn't even unlistenable. This is a low has these really cool effects that sound like they came out of Radiohead's The Bends. Once this song hits the chorus, it hits for sure. I love the melancholic instrumental and all of the psychedelic effects overlayed on this track. These distorted guitars at 3:00 absolutely fuck all over this song. It turns this song up from a 7 to a 9.5 and is the perfect culmination of most of this album. This is a great climax to the album and I just hope the closing track puts it to bed nicely. Lot 105 is a nice upbeat closer. It has this playful organ piano over this ascending bassline and 808 beat and it just gets better when the guitar and aux percussion come in. It feels like its wrapping up in that same kind of energy it started with. When it picks up in the last 20 seconds, its super fun and closes out the album fantastically. Overall, this album fucks so hard and the few flaws I see in it are completely overshadowed by the amazing highlights this album has to offer. Holy shit it's good. (and fun) Score: 9.8/10 Almost flawless. Highlights: All excluding Bank Holiday and Jubilee

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Great album and much more varied than I remember

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Didn't want it to end, confident 5 stars Saved: - Girls and Boys - Tracy Jacks - End of a Century - Parklife - Badhead - To the End - Clover over Dover (favorite) - Magic America - This is a Low

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Excellent album!! So good I listened twice. What a treat, it's got the bangerz yet also somehow they made oompah music sound cool and threw it in there?? I really love the storytelling and the feeling in these tracks. So nice listening to the entire album all together.

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5

Classic Album, so much better than Oasis

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the album really isn't like "song 2" which is a good thing

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Really puts an end to the Oasis/Blur schism, Blur are without doubt the superior group. This record is a conceptually vibrant masterpiece full of well thought out narratives and perfectly executed rhythm. Parklife is easily my favourite ever Blur song.

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nice blur!

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5

Bank Holiday I could do without, but otherwise what a lineup of delicious Britishy pop.

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Fabulous and so nostalgic for me. I remember seeing Blur perform Park Life on The Word!

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Loved this my first listen In the 90’s and love it still.

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💯

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Looking for girls who want boys Who like boys to be girls Who do boys like they're girls Who do girls like they're boys Always should be someone you really love

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I forgot how great this record was, the crown jewel of the Britpop genre. Feel like these guys never fully made it outside of the UK, there’s a lot of bands that I will never understand how they didn’t become huge worldwide, Blur is one. I guess Damon Albarn finally got his due with the Gorillaz but really this should’ve been the album that made these guys gigantic stars. Sadly only in the British Isles…

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I though Modern Life Is Rubbish was pretty good but I think I liked this one more it still felt proggy but with a lot more tasteful instrumentals I think also Lot 105 and Supa Shoppa made me feel like I was in Napoleon Dynamite which is a massive plus overall super enjoyable album, I don’t think I have any complaint other than the super corny bri*ish accents still I think this album deserves a 10/10, I really loved it

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- i see Blur i press like - I like how at some places it's raw like those dogs on the cover (Parklife, Jubilee, Girls and Boys..), just barking at me and then its mellow and I'm bathing in Damons voice (This is a low, End of a century, To the end). - very fun. i can easily put this and listen to the whole thing and stop doing whatever I was doing

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Classic

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Enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. The album is really fun, and theres a good variety of music. Closer to a 3.7 maybe.

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This album is a fucking classic

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Britpop at its finest. 7.5/10

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The lead tracks are brilliant but a couple of fillers so one star off.

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British Weezer.

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Engelse pop/rock. Muzikaal fijne mix, met diverse lagen. Ook de nummers onderling verschillen van klank en stijl, zo blijft het album interessant - bijvoorbeeld door een nummer als The Debt Collector.

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chicche

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British and fun. Lively rock/pop/misc.

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Great album with a good number of bangers on it.

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I liked it a lot and I think I'll listen to it more than a few times :)

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Already liked it. LOts of different vocal timbres and themes present on the album !

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Super album, veel diversiteit en een paar hits. Niet verwacht dat Blur dit soort muziek maakt

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Love it, like listening to Gorillaz but rock

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Modern day Kinks

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I really like the first track but after that it’s kinda all unfamiliar. It’s pretty good britpop or whatever classification this would be. Hard to hear his voice and not think gorillaz

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Weird and wonderful. Very Beatles-esce .

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Pretty upbeat, catchy, unique with a real 90s grunge/rock feel 4.1

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4 - Classic

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huzzah.

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This is quite British and I like it.

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Classic!

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Yup

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false

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Me gusta mucho

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Sóc dels pocs que sempre va preferir 'The Great Escape', potser perquè va ser amb el qual els vaig conèixer. Però 'Parklife' és indiscutiblement la punta de llança del brit pop i una de les obres excelses del pop britànic contemporani. Seria un 5 estrelles de no ser per la durada, excessiva, que dona encaix a uns quants temes que no estan a l'alçada

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4.3 + lots of fun twists and turns throughout. Boisterous.

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I wake up when I want, except on Wednesdays, when I'm rOOdely awakened by the dustman

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Enjoyed a few more than others. Some a bit strange.

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I'm not sure it's a great album but lots of great songs. The circus one is still annoying

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Lovely stuff, hadn’t listened in years. One of my fave bands I still haven’t seen live

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The year is 1995: UK media is giving generous coverage to the like of Blur and Oasis as a "Battle of Britpop" rages on the charts with a battle between the leading singles for each band's subsequent albums, "The Great Escape" and "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?", respectfully. The media was late to the party though, because "Parklife" was the real big hit for the lads and the prime definition of britpop. These are great songs, too. Catchy as hell, good fun, and tons of personality from Albarn et. al., all culminating in a definitive album for the genre. This is nothing if not exemplary by the album's title track "Parklife", in which does an exaggerated accent of a very content englishman, followed by the chorus where we all sing "ALLLLLL THE PEOPLE. SO MANY PEOPLE" and then we go hand-in-hand through our parklife. The back half of the album is not nearly as good as the first half, dropping off all Bank Holiday, picking up with To The End and the last three tracks. Still worth a listen for Britpop history.

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I never heard of this album and don't really know any of the songs. Perhaps I was sleeping? I would not describe myself as a synthpop fan but do like the first track Girls and Boys. The next four songs (to Bank Holiday) seem intended to give a  bird's eye view of normal everyday life in England. The theme continues a few tracks later with London Loves. They were quite effective painting this picture. The best example (by far) of an album capturing the essence of a location is Lou Reed's New York.  When I hear songs like Debt Collector I wonder why? It's a marching tune without lyrics. I can't for the life of me understand why, but the song works.  Trouble in the Message Center moves and is also quite slick. These are the songs that fill out the LP between the hits and do so quite well.  Overall, the production is top rate and the LP quite enjoyable. We are definitely in the 90s. One of the songs used the German phrase "vorsprung durch technik" which means progress via technological advancement. This phrase summarizes the production effort on this one.

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Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: Girls and Boys, End of a Century, Parklife, Badhead, To the End Cutting Edge: Tracy Jacks Overall Notes: The first half of the album is really really good, but could've cut a couple of songs to keep up the momentum. Super enjoyable regardless though.

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Liked this a lot. Nothing quite so good as Song 2, but a very diverse collection of songs in an album that doesn't really show its length. Was a bigger fan of the more toned down and personal songs Saved: End of a Century, Badhead, This Is a Low

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4

Loved the vocals and the guitars. Real enjoyable instrumentation (trumpets, strings) Parklife (song) is a masterpiece.

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Superb. London Loves and To The End particularly.

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I might have to check out this band more, along with other brit-pop bands.

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4

It’s a bit overly long, but this is still a bloody great britpop album

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4

Great Brit Pop. Four stars for Boys and Girls alone.

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4

Not bad, too much for one sitting. Obvious standout songs but the B material is OK.

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Lots of trumpets in the beginning, a bit more orchestral to the end. Not every song is a hit but on the whole completely listenable

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bro I like every song so far !!

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Huhaj, meine beste albumische from Blurische. Pošto je meni Oasis bolji jer imaju dva albuma koja su mi baš top top, ovo je Blurov album koji je skoro u rangu sa njihova dva. Album sa različitim varijacima pjesama, al svejedno je to skupljeno u brit pop. Definitivno u top 5 brit pop albuma, ako ne i u top 3.

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Liked it, good britpop. better than Leisure (the only other Blur album i’ve heard)

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More power

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classic, british alt of the 90's. i grew up on this stuff. plus, the awesome greyhounds cover.

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This is a great album - blur make a lot of interesting sounds across a range of genres, and despite the fact that there's a lot of big singles on the album (Girls & Boys, Parklife, End of a Century), it still feels very cohesive and there's a lot of tunes here that really serve the album in a broader sense. I've always rejected the Blur vs Oasis comparison as they've always seemed really different and not comparable beyond the fact that they were British bands around at the same time. But if we're going to look at the merits of the two... it's no contest.

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Rock

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odrobinę alternatywny rok z jeszcze bardziej alternatywnym wykorzystaniem tekstu i wokalu

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4

Throwback to the 90s "Britpop rivalries" - I was originally more in the Oasis camp but as time has gone on even though Oasis may have a few singles that have higher peaks I think Blur is more listenable over the long haul (i.e. for an entire album). Tons of cool/odd melody on this album with a lot of British influences. "Tracy Jacks" could very well have been a deep-cut old-school Who song. There are some annoyingly-overly-British songs here (e.g. "Bank Holiday") but that's more my lack of preference for punky fast-paced chanting. Fortunately for any irritating moments they are either short or countered quickly; for example "Badhead" is a very mellow tune with some simple and nice guitar lines weaving throughout the song. Then they go from "Far Out" through "To The End" and "London Loves" - that trio typifies this surprisingly diverse and melodic slice of the 90s that for me was a welcome diversion from the angsty-Nirvana trend. 7/10 4 stars.

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this was more fun than their self-titled album...which was also surprisingly not-bad - you know, apart from That One Song. there were a few times i was surprisingly reminded of some of the early punk rockers & new wavers (title track kinda reminds me of madness; Bank Holiday basically screams oi oi oi; and Jubilee sounds a lot like Bingo Master's Breakout, by The Fall). i also genuinely liked the closing track's mishmash of goofy british seaside kitsch with a beatles nod pasted in there for good measure.

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4

A classic!

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If you ask most people who were around in the 90s to list the top 5 Britpop era albums. This would be on it. Probably deservedly so but there's an annoying amount of filler on the album when listened to as a cohesive work. And for that, I'm knocking a mark off

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fremragende

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Britpop klassiker! Girls and boys er hjernefed. Albarn er nice. To the end er god. Spænder bredt rammer højt!

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4

This has aged terribly. Shite like the Debt Collector and Far Out. The highlights (Parklife, End Of A Century, To The End) are just about enough to give it a 4 though. Oasis shit/shat all over Blur, from a massive height.

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Fun and nostalgic! I’m a 90s kid so remember this well. Made me wanna go thrift shopping and for a pointless drive. Harkens back to the particular 90s snark

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4

It was pretty good. Don't have a strong opinion.

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4

Great album! I liked this much better than “Blur”. Multiple genres, from disco to punk to polka. Some. Baroque pop elements - really interesting.

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4

Excellent album. Girls & Boys (5*) stands out - it is both annoying and catchy. Prefer Auteurs, Pulp and Suede but Parklife is still an album I put on once and a while. Score: 4.49 -> 4.

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Parklife feels like a new record, yet so familiar. Having never heard the album, but familiar with Blur's 'Song 2' it feels worlds apart from that song, yet all cut from the same cloth. Best: Girls and Boys Worst: Trouble in the Message Centre

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Don't believe the rumours emanating from the Bolton region of Greater Manchester, this is a well put together album not just a hit or two and some filler. It just about manages to stay on the right side of the Mockney geezers schtick that became overwhelming by the time of The Great Escape. And those hits that the Bolton fella is on about, they really are some monster hits aren't they?

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4

The fun I had listening to this when I was younger. I was like a young Theresa May in a field of wheat. Getting fucked by 6 farmers.

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I tried my hardest to hate this band in my youth but I just couldn’t. They won the battle of Brit pop with country house. I mean it was up against roll with it so they kind of gave you that one didn’t they eh Damon? Got absolutely smoked in the album sales though didn’t you? Cockney twat. Sorry I got carried away there anyway park life is a brilliant album. I mean it’s no definitely maybe but it’s pretty good isn’t it.

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Ja gilla de till trots för att de va br*ttiskt??

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4

'End of the century' has always been one of those songs that I have enjoyed when heard on the radio or in the background but never properly listened to. It's a classic. Very enjoyable album.

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4

Interesting album. Some great songs. Fun listen.

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4

More like 3.5. Really thought I’d be giving this a 5 when I started listening - but album doesn’t end as strongly as it begins for me. Still Parklife, Girls and Boys are absolute classics. Great listening to this again.

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4

A great album - poppy yet interesting. Some great songs; even the filler is better than anything Oasis have ever done.

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4

Not their best album by any stretch. It is, however, probably their most iconic. Evokes memories of my early teens and always brings a smile.

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British anthem. Loved Jubilee and Bank Holiday and the playful closing song. An album that transports you to the beginnings of a significant cultural era in 90s Britain. Couldn't help but bop my head along to the songs as I was listening. Not usually my "type" of music but this is exactly why I signed up for 1001. Album has been saved in my collection and my musical horizon has been expanded. Overall a pleasant surprise. Didn't give five star because I reserve that for music that really stirs my soul (it's a high bar).

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Really cool album. I haven't listen to a lot of Blur honestly but I definitely should especially since I'm a huge fan of Damon Albarn's other music project Gorillaz

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Favourite tracks: Girls and Boys Parklife, to the end, London Loves

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4

Decent Britpop album.

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Classic Blur. Great

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Yes, it's a good one.

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es brit pop, algo nuevo aunque el sonido me recuerda a otros artistas, pero venga era 1994, era europa

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Such a soundtrack to my Uni days and the whole 1990s. Spikey, quirky, Brit pop, indie, truly English. Literally just two or three obvious fillers. A really good album alongside Different Class from that Brit pop 90s era.

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Oh, I remember when this album was brand new. It is packed full of quality singles and the rest of the album is clearly the spiritual descendant of The Kinks' Arthur album, capturing a snapshot of London life (or their interpretation thereof). My favourite track is "This Is a Low", which uses the UK shipping forecast as an effective way of soothing a broken heart. I can testify that this song does what it needs to do and was what got me though the turmoil of 2000.

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Up there with the best britpop albums an absolute classic. Just misses out on 5 stars due to my personal preference of preferring oasis, and the verve.

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i do not like this album quite as much as modern life is rubbish, but, good job damon. great listen.

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Classic tunes. Listen to more of this when you have time.

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Liked it

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Some of their biggest hits but not blown away overall.

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1994 - English Rock

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Thought it was great

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Britpop de Blur. Ningún megahit. Un 4.

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very impressed!

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awrrrrrrrr

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He gets intimidated by the dirty pigeons They love a bit of him

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GIRLS WHO ARE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS TO BE GIRLS/10

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I liked Blur's more experimental albums a bit more than this one, but it's still a really decent britpop album.

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Really enjoyed this one. I'm definitely gonna need to revisit.

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Great album. I vividly remember my sister got a CD player and this album, back in 94, for her 15th birthday. She played this album a lot and I always kinda liked it. Haven't played it in years but it's still great.

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Very eclectic mix on this album, it's got a lot of variety in the sounds but keeps the strong British vibes that Blur gives off. Enjoyed quite a few songs, some were just ok but overall good album and a fun listen.

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eu não lembrava que blur era tão bão

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What a banger! 8/10.

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Largely enjoyable. I knew Girls & Boys and Parklife before, and I do think these remain the highlights of the album. I also particularly liked London Loves. It starts to drag a bit at the end.

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A classic blur album with all the blur trappings.

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Really enjoyed, not stellar, there's a few on here that are pretty boring. However, I would definitely come back to this if given the option.

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Bit irritating but biped around in a cardigan to this a lot

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An album that really defined the Britpop scene. I've never really listened to Blur other than the the hits, and this album was a surprise. It's a nice patchwork of different genres and different tones, all woven together into a cohesive album. Definitely one to listen to!

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cool and fun 4.5

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Big fan of 'Girls and Boys' and 'Parklife' already. Lovely basslines and guitar. Very listenable album. I liked the more serious sound of 'This is a Low'.

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I wish I would've given the self-titled Blur album a 3 because this album is definitely better but doesn't feel good enough to be a 5. They do some different stylings really well - synthpop/rock (see Depeche Mode) on Girls & Boys, Brit-style spoken word/rap/rock mix (see the Transplants) on the title track, punk on Bank Holiday, classic Britpop (see, um, Blur) on End of a Century. It's an eclectic mix. But there's also some excess / filler / unnecessary stuff - it doesn't need 16 songs, 10 might have been about right. I thought songs 6-9 were kind of boring and meandering but the album regained some steam with London Loves and Trouble in the Message Centre (felt a bit like the Cars here). Jubilee was also a lot of fun on the back end.

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I had mentioned before about the BritPop documentary. Again, all I really knew about Blur before that was "Song 2" (woo hoo.). This album really puts them in a new light. It really gives you a feel of Britain, I think. The songs don't drag on, and the instrumentals blended in pretty well with the songs. Watching the videos did not really give you insight to the songs, particularly "To The End". I am still not 100% sure what that was about... Anyway I felt that this whole album was a bit more tongue in cheek than they were letting on. But not being from England, there were probably more in-jokes that I was missing. Still, I enjoyed this more than I was expecting.

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The sound of summer 1994, very proud I had a pre-release tape of this! Evocative of OJ's white Bronco and the Romanian football team. Would be a 5 from Badhead alone but the dreadful title track drags it down a bit

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Hadde kje så store forventninga, men kunne hørt albiet igjen. Litt for langt, som dei fleste albi fra CD-ens storhetstid

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ikkje mitt favoritt blur-album, men ganske bra likavel

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Britpop de Blur. Ningún megahit. Un 4.

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15th May 2022 Listened in the morning when working from home and on the way to the supermarket. Watched the outfit in the evening. Love a bit of Brit pop. Again it’s the new fresh sound and a nod to the whimsy of bands like the Beatles. Albarn is a master of writing about regular life.

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It doesn’t pack as much of a punch as it did in the nineties, it is eclipsed but Blur’s self titled album, but I’ll still give credit to this album for representing that certain time and place it came from [probably] better than any other album.

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fun, electric, groovy, goofy

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Good album. I enjoyed this much more than expected.

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Good pop songs with some brains and some F-you behind them.

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Interesting...not what I expected, knowing only Song 2. I like End of a Century and Tracy Jacks was kind of catchy. This is definitely not what I anticipated. Far Out is cool. To the End even has some Serge Gainsbourg vibes, what even is this album?! I feel like this album is so chaotic--I think it's a 3, 3.5 in terms of the music, but I want to round up a point just because it's so crazy.

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Brings back memories. There are some undeniable belters on this album but it does lose its way a little in the middle which stops it from being a 5

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It's a bit longer than it needs to be but there's a lot more to this than many other britpop albums. The interludes are fun, the ballads are really effective, and the singles do indeed slap

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Was pretty good, I liked most of the tracks.

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at the moment I liked this album the most of the proposed options, it has everything, and something calm and something driving, there are serious songs and sad ones, and there are simple and foolish ones at first glance

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After touring, Damon Albarn became increasingly influenced by the shift in 60s songwriting which is exemplified in the Beatles and the Kinks. These influences are reflected in this album which manages to incorporate a dizzying array of sounds ranging from experimental 60s rock, to more punk like and electronic sounds. The lyrical content similarly treads the familiar ground of disaffected middle class life. What I love about this album is it’s undeniably British aesthetic and its folding of so many styles into something cohesive and new.

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Girls & Boys is really good.

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<h1>Hey</h1>

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this one impressed me a little. there's some pretty cool songs here, despite my low expectations going in.

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Much campier than anticipated. And a lot poppier.

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Ihan mukava levy ja joitain tosi hyviä biisejäkin, mut kokonaisuutena ei kuitenkaan ok:ta parempi

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2.5 rounded up

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Levy oli aika heittelevä. Hyviä biisejä ja vähemmän hyvin mahtu vino pino.

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Surprisingly entertaining and easy listening. Solid music and a look into Brit pop

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what’d be playing in the background of a coming of age film for teens who feel misunderstood by everyone aside from themselves. very 90s.

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Not bad! I've never listened to Blur for a whole album before, but this pretty good!

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Interesting. Reminded me of Genesis

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Fun nostalgia-filled album that is very much of its time. Blur make me smile, they always sound like they're enjoying themselves. It's never a chore to throw some Blur on, singalong, and enjoy the anthems. Nice happy stuff.

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They’re not all just woohoo, good album

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It's good. Don't love it.

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Not at all my style but I could see the charm.

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Had higher hopes for this one, but still plagues by symptoms of Brit-pop so this doesn't hit as well as their self-titled album. Trying to be critical of the system but still has that 90s optimism sound. Nothing really stands out in here to me.

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2.5-3/5

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I've known Blur, but this provided a lot of new songs for me. Some of the popular ones I had heard, as well as a few lesser known ones, but I liked the ones I hadn't heard of. Some goofy stuff too, but mostly good British 90's alt-rock. Highlights: -Girls and Boys -End of a Century -Parklife -The Debt Collector -To The End -Clover over Dover -This is a Low

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Interesting album, not heard a lot of blur before, but can't take Parklife seriously after the Russell Brand thing. Damon Albarn is awesome though, so I look forward to hearing more Blur albums.

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This was released at the height of my "nothing but metal" phase, so I disagreed violently with how inescapable the singles from it were, but age has mellowed me, and I can enjoy their cheeky Lahndan britpop these days. Fave track - I'm gonna go with "Girls & Boys" because even though it drove me spare in my teens, it's still inextricably linked to some good summer memories, so it gets a nostalgia bump...

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I don't think I've ever listened to this all the way through. I liked it! The sound of it just didn't really grab me throughout, despite its significance or whatnot.

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Great album, fantastic production, good flow of songs. Not exactly my type of rock but I would check out more of their music.

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The second half took me by surprise. Some songs are annoyingly repetitive, but a lot of it is cool.

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Not amazing, and bit too long, it had some nice tracks but nothing incredible

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„Sometimes I feed the pigeons“ and sometimes ist in allen ersten 4 Blur Alben zu viel görenhaftes LALALALALA, die den durchaus teils zum niederkniehenden „hui!“-Songs eine Breitseite „pfui!“ vor den Latz knallt. Kann Blur erst ab ihrem gleichnamigen und ebenso reifen wie frischen Album und darüber hinaus gern über volle Distanz hören - davor war halt Pubertät und diese hat schon Drive aber auch Overdrive 2.7

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They throw lots of different genres at you early : synth-pop, speed-punk, a waltz(!) Some catchy tunes. A few weeks ago Spotify sent me their song, To the End, which is nice. The lead singer songs like a cross between John Lydon & Mark Almond.

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ok

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I love so many songs on this album. Yet struggle with it as an album as it has so many week tracks. First for songs are brilliant, next 4 average to bad, "To the end" and "This is a low" are wonderful songs but the bits in between just don't live up to the hype. Tough to rate this due to the disparity between the good and bad. 3/5

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Interesting. Not a huge fan of Blur, but it wasn't bad. I didn't hate it, but not sure there was anything that was going to make my favorites list.

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Some good, some awful. My genre but was never much of a blur fan.

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Some brill tracks but inconsistent - better was yet to come ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Some excellent songs... but a lot are are either crap, or absolutely shite.

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Con un clásico en el primer single, el resto del álbum algo... Extraño. Hay un par de temas que me gustaron, pero no podría rescatarlo completo. 3.5

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This album lacks some of the frantic pace from other blur records, but instead offers a more experimental sound. Almost as if it was serving as a concept album itself, Albarn gets some practice before his entire concept group, the Gorillaz to come.

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Boring

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lots of repeating words not my cup of tea, some good songs Really good beats, hate the singing

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Generally pretty slow, not really my jam.

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ya lo había escuchado y medio medio

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Also not bad but boring.

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Me gustó pero no demasiado, tiene canciones muy buenas pero no todas me parecen interesantes de escuchar, algunos sonidos los siento un poco repetitivos. Pero en general es un buen álbum.

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Fav tracks: end of a century, bad head, jubilee, this is a low Buena energía Música para sentirse cool

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Some definite Gorillaz notes, but some other general weirdness

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Ok

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I recognized some of these songs

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I feel like this is what it would sound like if the Beatles made an album in the 90s. I can appreciate that

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Not really interesting 3/5 Better then Album blur

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Some great britpop tracks on here.

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aighto

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Favorite songs: Girls and Boys, Parklife, Bank Holiday, London Loves, Lot 105 Thoughts: I’ve been trying to get into blur for a while and this really helped! This is such a nice, fun upbeat album. I listened to it while packing for Sokobanja. But I really did enjoy listening to this album, it was a little bit outside of the box from what I listen to but still quite nice!

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Enjoyable but not an everyday listen album.

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v fun, lost me in the middle a bit but loved beginning and end

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I vaguely remember Boys & Girls from my childhood. I do like it more than some of the other Britpop of the era, but I'm sort of done with the genre in totality. Bank Holiday is pretty dope. However, To The End is boring as hell.

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So funny to me that this is the sound that brought British music back, not bad by any means just quirky. I did enjoy it but not one of my favourites.

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I enjoyed listening to this. Great, crisp sound, high energy tunes. Musically diverse songs, with echoes of everything from the Kinks to Bowie to Syd to Gary Numan. The diverse styles are mostly an attribute, but it also tends to make the album seem unfocused and a bit rambling. They could have dropped several tracks and made a better album. "Boys and Girls" is for sure the top track, and "To the End" is absolutely charming. Fave Songs: Boys and Girls, End of a Century, To the End, Clover Over Dover

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Is this one considered as Blur's best album? I've always been fond of many tracks of this one but I don't believe it is as good as everyone thinks, it drags quite a lot and gets boring at times, I personally prefer The Great Scape and 13 over this one.

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5/10. Meh

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Really confusing to me how an album can have so many decent, enjoyable songs and accompanied by so many songs that suck shit. 5/10

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Decent album… differ then want I was expecting

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This album is from 1994, but it feels like something Duran Duran would have put out in the 80s.

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With each new Blur album I hear, the more I become convinced that they are the epitome of a singles band.

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The album as a whole is a little park walk of the English bourgeoisie and especially their vices, a kind of Kinks concept. But overall it is an album of mediocre songs. (6/10) Favourite Songs: Parklife, To the End

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i thought it was okay. i liked more songs than others, it was fun but others were boring. i thought it was completely average!

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This was fine but didn't make a very deep impression. It mainly seemed like just pop, but sporting a particular attitude that I could probably decode more meaningfully if I was of the culture, but as a dumb American just comes off as some type of generic non-posh UK vibe.

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Underwhelming. A small step to the magic whip.

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Blur are a great singles band, and this album has some absolute bangers: Girls and Boys, Parklife, End of a Century. Beyond that, the singles To the End, This Is a Low and the album track Badhead are lovely chilled songs. However, the majority of the rest was a quite irritating. A fair bit includes what I can only describe as circus music. This is pretty weird and a bit off-putting. I'd never noticed it on To the End before, but that song gets away with it where others don't. Overall, about 1/3 of this 16 track album is pretty great, but the rest is generally annoying. As such, I can't justify more than a 3/5, and it's only that high as the singles are so good. With Blur, I think I'll continue to stick to the greatest hits (the 2000 Best Of would be a bona fide 5/5).

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Blur is a band that I like in general. There are several tracks by the band that are on my repeat playlist, including "Girls & Boys" from this album. That track as a rhythm that keeps me coming back. "This Is a Low" is a potential new favorite from the album. I have listened to all of this album before, but most of the album felt unfamiliar. I think that this album lands squarely at 3 stars... it was good, but nothing is calling me back for a full album re-listen

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Solidt britisk guitarpræget pop-rock

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Its ight too proggy for me

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Все-таки не очень я люблю Blur, Pulp круче

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Much greater range demonstrated here beyond what I knew from Song 2, both vocals/instrumentals. Girls and boys, Badhead, to the end,

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Outside of the 3 single releases, this was really not what I was expecting. All felt a bit disjointed.

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There is so much about Blur I do not like. I will never listen to Boys & Girls or Parklife out of choice. Tracy Jacks is amazing though, their best song along with Out of Time. End of a Century is good. If you don't like his stupid voice it's a difficult listen. Far Out is good Better than expected

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Has its moments, but overall this album did not convince me. Nice try, though.

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Don't get why so much meh-Brit-pop is must listen. I didn't listen much to 'em when they were around and I still don't.

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a los 15 no le presté atención, me hubiera gustado

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Just ok. I'm glad Gorrillaz came out of this.

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A trudge through London with tiresome tour guides, Blur spark to life from time to time (End of the Century, To The End) and a couple of tracks are fun the first three or four times you hear them (Parklife, Girls and Boys) but this album hasn’t aged well, as ubiquitous as it was in its hey day; there’s a lot of filler here in search of a song (Bank Holiday, Far Out, Magic America, Jubilee) which can get really tiresome, really fast. When Albarn inclines towards introspection he’s a far better songwriter (‘We kiss with dry lips when we say goodnight’) and can be genuinely moving; but he falls back on a cheat move which is to knock out songs with ‘wry’ observations on other people that ultimately comes across as condescending.

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I'm a cockney, I'm a cockney, apples and pears, cor blimey, I'm a cockney. We've got cockney albarn on this one, it's an early version that eventually evolves into wagwan albarn, which is a far funnier character. I need to write a standard copy paste for when an album has some belting singles and then a load of shite. This is very much one of those. 6 good tracks out of 16 makes it hard to give it a high score and i wouldn't ever bother listening to this album again.

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Catchy enough.

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Bloody decent

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Much better (and completely different) than the previous Blur album we've had. Some great tunes although it did feel like it lost momentum a bit towards the back end. Perhaps it needs a second listen.

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Will mir nicht ins Ohr

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I was really looking forward to this album when it popped up - unfortunately it just felt a bit jumbled and overall a bit meh.

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Fun and genre-bending. Good, not great.

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I kinda dig it

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Perfectly fine

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Singer from the Gorillaz?

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It's k

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Some classics but also more filler than I was expecting. Highlights were Parklife and Magic America.

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This was alright. I’m not a massive Blur fan. 3*

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The bangers are bangers that's for sure. But there's some crap on here too. I very much like Damon Albarn but I have never forgiven Blur as a whole for bullying Nardwuar in his interview with them in 2003. They stole his hat.

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This was a tricky one, because there was some obvious classics in here but some songs that did my nut in. It seems Blur were generally a bit all over the place with the quality of their output. Luke will hate me for putting 3 as this album was seminal for him.

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Heard one song that I recognized. Rest of the album was ok. Not really my style although I listen to a little bit of everything. Might listen again if I was in a meh kind of mood.

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This is a really weird album. It starts out as some quirky British alt-punk but from track to track there's really no telling what genre will be fused in. As a whole it makes for a jarring experience, one I'm not exactly interested in revisiting. Even a couple tracks on here that I straight up skipped. But on a few, the stars aligned and I enjoyed the weird variety show. I can't personally call it great, but it's good enough for how off-the-wall bizarre of a ride it is. Favorite tracks: Clover Over Dover, London Loves, Lot 105, Parklife. Album art: Have definitely seen this before, along with a lot of Blur projects, so I've always been interested to know what they sound like. After this album, I still don't know what they sound like. But the dog racing pic is very cool. 3.5/5

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I enjoyed this album. There was enough quirk on here to make it seem different. And it helped that I've been looking to listen to this album for a very long time because I saw the cover one time and thought it was terrifying. Tracy Jacks was one that stuck with me after listening.

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Genre: Britpop 3/5 One of the genre’s biggest records, Blur’s Parklife is a hodgepodge of gritty Britpop singles and absolute faff, as the Brits might say. Girls and Boys represents some of the best ideas the genre ever had, while the 3-song run of Badhead-The Debt Collector-Far Out is an exercise in how much they can get away with. While Albarn’s concepts would come to greater fruition with his Gorillaz project, there’s something here for everybody to enjoy, but plenty to ignore, as well. Definitely more for fans of the genre.

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just as I remembered it

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It's got a lot of filler but some of it is awesome

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Pretty good britpop 3

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Never really listened to this album. Heard the singles obviously, but Bur were never really my cup of tea.

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I really wanted to like this more than I did 😭 A couple of great tunes (Boys/Girls far and away the best)… I guess it’s always just been the Gorillaz for me.

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I liked that it was a concept album and that it was interconnected. I enjoyed parts and then some pieces went well over my head 😂 That being said, I’d give it future listens.

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First half of the album was good, tapered off in the back half

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Some good songs, which are the classics, but other than that, meh. A bit childish.

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It was just alright, smiths vibes with some songs

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Não ouvi tudo, confesso porém curti a vibe

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3.5/5. Couple bangers, but The Bends is king of Brit-Pop

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I can't believe how many Brit-pop genre albums there are on this list. Like most of them, I don't have anything against this album. It's good, catchy, and well-produced, but I also don't find anything super special about it. I actually liked this more than most of the Brit-pop albums I've heard so far, but still I'm going with 3 stars.

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even "girls who are boys who like boys to be girls who do boys like they're girls who do girls like they're boys" can't save this massively meh album

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Can really hear the connections to Gorillaz. Dynamite drums, vocals lost me some, but decent effort nonetheless.

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As some may know, I got the full CD experience of this album with the Radio Promo copy I happen to own. Regardless, while I was delightfully impressed by how good the first couple songs were, the rest didn't really cut it for me. I don't consider myself to be too big on Britpop but this album isn't as bad as I had expected it to be. It does have it's ups and downs. 3/5, favorite songs: Girls & Boys, End of a Century, This is a Low

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Wasn't as special as I remembered it.

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I was really excited to see another blur album pop up, but a bit disappointed that I didn't enjoy it as much as their self-titled album

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I like Boys & Girls but the rest of the album is alright.

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Lo dije cuando nos tocó otro de Blur hace unos meses: "Por mí, para oír a Blur, tiene que ser un disco de éxitos y a la mitad ya estuvo." Este no es la excepción aunque sí me gustó más que el otro (Modern Life Is Rubbish). En definitiva, mi favorita es Boys & Girls, y creo que después de esa (que es la primera) el disco no vuelve a tener un pico.

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Empieza muy bien y volver a escuchar las conocidas fue muy bueno, pero hacia el final 16 se sienten pesadas. Songs: Boys and Girls, Parklife

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Ok

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I quite like the funny lyrics at the start, as well as the peek into British culture. After that, the songs kind of went into a blur (pun intended) and overall this album just doesn't leave you with a feeling that it was all that. Perhaps it was because it was too long?

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3/04/22

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I was surprised at how widely varied the tracks on this album are. There is brit pop, brit punk, brit rock... it doesn't all work, but there are some definite highs (ironically This Is a Low is one of my favorites). Pretty enjoyable album, but uneven.

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There were parts of this I really enjoyed and parts of this I absolutely did not. I’m not sure if I wasn’t in the right mood to enjoy it all or if I really just disliked certain tracks. There were a few on here I can see myself going back to, but unfortunately there are a few I won’t give a second chance.

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Some songs had potential and others were just weird. I like Blur but this album was kind of a let down.

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just okay for me. Liked the first song a bit.

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Cest moyen, franchement je m'attendait a un peu mieix consirant leir aitre album sir la liste 3.

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Ok but ok

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Too long of an album, but some great songs in the lot.

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Never really understood why people love that band so much, and I still don't. Some good songles here and there, but mostly boring in the long run. Maybe a greatest hits would be more suited for a casual like me.

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Shannah like - 2.5 Bill expected better from a band with such a good reputation - 2 Conor like - 4

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I can see why this could be quite a divisive album as it definitely does have the potential to grate with the mockney stuff - but the strength of the genuinely good tunes pulls it along. Tracy Jacks, EoaC and Badhead are great and should have been the lead singles!

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Good album just nothing too special. I prefer later Blur when they got more alternative. Brit-Pop is just not really my thing, but this is a great Brit-Pop album.

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I had never heard any of Blur’s work apart from Girls & Boys. This album is mediocre at best. It feels like it was stretched out by songs that serve zero purpose other than to take up time (Such as Lot 105 which is basically just glorified Wii Sports music). The album feels like it got by with the bare minimum. It’s not horrible, it just feels like so much more could’ve been done. The best songs are This Is a Low and Girls & Boys.

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I remember a lot of this in the background in the 90s and didn't mind hearing it now. It was OK

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Not bad, but mostly unmemorable. I liked Girls & Boys which I swear I've heard in a movie or show or something but I can't think of where.

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Tracy Jacks is annoying, and it's taking all I have to not skip it. Parklife is the first song that is tolerable so far... Okay album got much better after the first 3 songs. Thought it was going to be a 1, but it's earned a solid 3.

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Great to revisit this album.

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never really got the hype for this album - just ok for me

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Leuk bandje. ***

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I listened to the album while cutting the grass so my full attention was not given and the album was more or less background music. I wasn't too familiar with any of the songs except the first track "Girls & Boys," and that is because the chorus sounded familiar. Overall the album wasn't bad but when Parklife came out in 1994 my musical tastes weren't too diverse. I was super into hip-hop and rap so I wouldn't have sought out this album.

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The singles for this are cool and it's not a bad listen overall. It's a consistent sound and vibe and it has its place as an influential British rock album. My gripe is that I'm kind of tired of Damon Albarn's recent saturation in today's music, so it colors how much I would enjoy this. I also think there are better British rock albums out there

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This band reminds me a tiny bit of The Jam and other British bands of that ilk. It's an interesting take on pop and I like it.

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Some killer. Some filler. Not my favourite Blur album. Peak Britpop Blur are this and the next album. They get a bit weirder later in the decade which I prefer.

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Bonkmachine <br>

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Ok this is amateur as fuck. The last blur album was shit and it was way better than this. 2/5.

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As the first song began to play, I thought it sounded nice: Blur clearly has some Britpop chops. I still think that, but the sequencing and the length ended up souring me to Parklife-in-full. There's a lot of stylistic jumping around, with not enough fun being had in it. At the same time, the high points aren't high enough to perk up my ears. It's a fifty-minute grab bag of tracks, all of which end up sounding nice enough. It might be a gem for someone who liked each of the songs just a little more, but for me it outlives its welcome. The cover would be striking on a shelf: I give them that Blur unreservedly.

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honestly expected more rather boring and just overall British more than any other unique style

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Wohoo. Ugg.

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Not as engaging as their later efforts. Some tracks have a good deal of life to them, but I feel like most are somewhat repetitive and forgettable. Too much straight britpop with sing-song structure

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Super not our jam. I would have rated this 1/5, but after how bad Tom Waits was, it doesn't seem fair.

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dont like it

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Brit pop. A little generic sounding but likely due to being so iconic.

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very middle of the road. liked one song

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90's uk alternative pop rock band. good not great.

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I was never a fan of the Britpop sound, and after trying to listen to this its confirmed. I couldn’t listen to any of the songs all the way though without being thoroughly bored

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Not a fan

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Kinda indifferent. the last song was the music in Arrested Development and that was a random surprise.

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Keanu reeves in the 90s vibes

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I just couldnt do it

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Meh

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A nice pop album that wanders a bit during its near one hour runtime.

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There no denying that Parklife is a great pop song. And ironically This is a Low turned out to be a quite wonderful high point of the album. These tracks aside the rest of the album is pretty, well, rubbish. Generally not a fan of the Britpop genre and this does nothing to change that.

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Luka mi je sjebo ovaj album iak je dobar ngl

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Really liked Modern Life Is Rubbish when it was out and remembered being disappointed by Parklife but what do I know? It exploded and became a huge album. Would never think to give this album a spin nowadays, not many tracks stand out on their own and too many are poor versions of The Kinks. Very much of its time but I will always have time for This Is A Low which is fantastic.

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Pretty meh overall. It had some moments but I found it boring and wanted it to be over after a bit.

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Probably wouldn't listen to again.

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Bored

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“Parklife” by Blur (1994) Quality pop that apparently took off in the UK, but not in the US, which apparently has a lower tolerance for ditzy grooves generated by toddling about in an era of geopolitical stability. It could have been enhanced by one or two ominous overtones. What, me worry? Overall, this album is a pleasant enough listen, entertaining without quite rising to the level of good music. I spent considerable time wondering which dog on the cover was my favorite (conclusion: the one on the right. He’s winning!). Well crafted arrangements, with deft but not overbearing dissonance. Nicely done on “Magic America”. Refreshing departures from standard chord progressions, while maintaining popular feel. Nice balance. On the album’s only attempt at introspection (“Badhead”), it seems there’s not much in there to introspect. “This Is a Low” is interesting, highly referential, and stuffed with layers of meaning, chiefly for those living (or interested) in a maritime culture. This song is the highlight of this otherwise lowlight album. Vocal harmonies excel, even if lead vocal quality is limited. The strain for pitch on “To the End” is unbearable. Nicely recorded and produced, but to what end? The songs Herman’s Hermits would have produced If they’d been unleashed by the guys in the suits. 2/5

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Boys and Girls und Park Life sind zurecht Hits, finde ich. Ansonsten haben sie bei diesem Album ihren Sound noch nicht so richtig gefunden und klingen ein bisschen wie andere berühmte britpopper.

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Thought it would be better. I found it kind of boring man.

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Pretty horrible. Heavy handed lyrics and awful vocals with boring music make for a near hour-long slog. 3

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Boys & Girls is a bop, otherwise kinda hard to listen to : P

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definitely not my style of music, very upbeat happy beats and found a few songs i like

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Of course I'm familiar with Song 2, which was unavoidable when it came out, but before I started this review, my strongest impression of Blur was how much Brian hates them. :joy:Listening to Parklife is a really odd experience. A high level of songcraft is immediately apparent. The rhythmic hooks are jagged and the melodies and harmonies are cunningly constructed, so why is it that they leave next to no impression? What does leave an impression is the arrangements. Blur weaves together crunchy, grungy guitars, snaky 80s synth lines (thankfully in the background), sing-song choral backgrounds, Manchester accented talk-singing about British everyday life, chugging rhythmic parts, churchy organ overlays, and more into a sound that somehow manages to encapsulate the previous quarter century of British rock without sounding like a simple pastiche. On Parklife, Blur has come up with, like it or not, a unique sound.So what do I think of Parklife? Not a lot, actually. Clearly, Blur is a competent band, and I can appreciate what they're doing on an intellectual level, but they just don't appeal to me.Okay, I wrote the previous paragraphs a few songs into the album. Blur frontloaded the most driving, pop-oriented songs. As Parklife goes along, the songwriting and arrangements get increasingly less energetic and more anonymous and twee, not a good combination. At least until London Loves, and then we're back to the punchy sound of the opening tunes. Blur is much better at these sort of uptempo songs, which are at least cheeky instead of wan.I just had an insight--Blur is the 90s version of XTC, not as horrid, of course, but still with a tendency towards the twee and cutesy, best disguised with crunchy guitars. Best in short doses.

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Lot more filler than I remember.

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nope, still don´t like this, i should not say hate.....

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It was alright, but I have a hard time with their accents. 0RS

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4/10

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Schwer zu ertragen

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The tunes are catchy, but each song is basically the chorus played over and over the exact same way. Boring.

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Decent album but nothing special

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Couple okay hits but mediocre then and did not age well

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blur are a boring band

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6/16=38%

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Not really a fan. I enjoyed maybe 2 songs. I imagine it's just not my style of music.

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Has a handful of good songs most of this drones on and all sounds the same.

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Cool parts but then they sing

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Album is all over the place, with a handful of excellent songs.

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some singles I knew, and can see why they were the singles, rest is circus fillers

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Fun, alternative album.

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Reconheci alguns dos hits.

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I did not listen a lot that I liked here. It is the second Blur album I've got, and I had the feeling they were almost the same.

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Badhead, The Debt Collector, Clover Over Dover and This Is A Low. You can only listen to these 4 songs, the rest is rather average and is forgotten very quickly. I'm not sure what this album does on this list, but it would be a good candidate to drop to make way for more modern material.

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Man, Damon Albarn's voice is grating

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This album physically hurt me to listen to.

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Not my cup of tea. I get how they were popular at the time but I couldn’t listen to a single song all the way through.

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I began to get interested in music around the time this came out (but I was into Oasis at the time). I look back on all britpop with the opposite of nostalgia... so I guess I'm looking through shit-tinted glasses here. It's also hard not to hear a whole generation of vapid indie rock that followed from this. Trying to be objective... it's well-played, and sometimes catchy. There are a few moments of wistful melancholy, which is a true indie staple. But mostly, it's like they've taken the most boring elements of rock, pop, punk and other styles, and mashed them together into soaring anthems of mediocrity, with all the blithe confidence of a New Labour party conference. Might get a 2/5... but it's also 16 tracks / 1 hour long.

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Hate it. 0 stars.

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Couldn't really get into this album ;/

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Just too much going on. Couldn't get into it.

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Unerträglich. Beim 5. Song ausgemacht. 'blur' fand ich ja ganz angenehm, das hier geht gar nicht. Kommt bei mir auch nicht alle Tage vor, dass ich zwei Alben der gleichen Band derartig unterschiedlich bewerte.

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Thumbs down

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Kolejny blur na liscie, dzien w ruinie, jest to rzeci studyjny krazek bandy, ale chyba pierwszy ktory przyniosl im mainstreamowy sukces, bo jak pan Damon powie, ze zrobi album, ktory kazdemu anglikanowi sie spodoba i w radio beda go grac, to tak bedzie, jest to kompilacja najbardziej mialkich popowych kawalkow utrzymanych w klimacie okolo synthowym polaczonym z brzmieniem alternatywnego rocka, wiec typowy britpop, jak przystalo na wyspiarska muzyke z lat 90, o ile szanuje Damona za muzyke, ktora tworzy w gorillazach, tak jestem hejterem blura, bo nie slychac przez kogo jest tworzona muzyka, wszystko brzmi jak muzyka tworzona przez nikogo dla kazdego, wiec masa instrumentow, synthow i mialkosc liryki dobija przez cale 16 trakow rozciagnietych na 52 miniuty, najblizej prawdziwej muzyki stoi chyba tytulowy traczek, ktory featuruje dodatkowa narracje, wiec nie sam pan Damon opowiada historie, jak na reszcie plyty, chociaz reszta bandy wspiera go typowymi chorkami, kolejnym trakiem wartym uwagi z tych 16 bedzie otwierajacy girls&boys, ktory przywodzi mi na mysl tworczosc The The przez ten dencingowy beat oparty na synthach, ale na plejke dodam jedynie parklife, pewnie nie jest to ostatnie spotkanie z blurem, bo przeciez chluba brytyjskiej muzyki popularnej

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I have an instinctive dislike of this record since I was in the North during the Britpop Wars. The singles are fun, although Boys and Girls is impossible to sing along to. Parklife has become so much part of culture that it's hardly a song anymore. On this album, Blur don't really seem to know what they want to be, beyond the novelty singles and the cod chanson it's all a bit forgettable. And don't get me started on the bleated mockney vocals. Ultimately, Mogwai put it best: Blur are shite.

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Не мое

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as English as tuppence, mockney Britpop

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0couldn't listen through the first two tracks - skipped through, stopped and listened to a couple more tracks but I found nothing that is "must hear".

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Blech

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Badass

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