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Parklife

Blur

1994

Parklife

Album Summary

Parklife is the third studio album by the English rock band Blur, released on 25 April 1994 on Food Records. After disappointing sales for their previous album Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife returned Blur to prominence in the UK, helped by its four hit singles: "Girls & Boys", "End of a Century", "Parklife" and "To the End". Certified four times platinum in the United Kingdom, in the year following its release the album came to define the emerging Britpop scene, along with the album Definitely Maybe by future rivals Oasis. Britpop in turn would form the backbone of the broader Cool Britannia movement. Parklife therefore has attained a cultural significance above and beyond its considerable sales and critical acclaim, cementing its status as a landmark in British rock music. It has sold over five million copies worldwide. In 2015, Spin included the album in their list of "The 300 Best Albums of 1985–2014".

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Rating

3.45

Votes

5606

Genres

  • Rock
  • Britpop
  • Indie
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Mon Jan 11 2021
2

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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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

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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Fri May 14 2021
3

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

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Mon Nov 01 2021
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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Mon Mar 01 2021
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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Wed May 26 2021
3

Nice try posh boys.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
2

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

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

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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Tue Apr 06 2021
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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Thu May 06 2021
5

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

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Sat Nov 06 2021
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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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

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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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

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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Tue Dec 22 2020
5

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

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Fri Oct 30 2020
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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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

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

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

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

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

MASTERPIECE. ICONIC. GENIUS.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
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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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

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

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

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

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Wed Sep 15 2021
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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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

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

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Great album and much more varied than I remember

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

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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Sun May 01 2022
5

- 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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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Iconic. This was the beginning but really a continuation of the vibe that goes from the Kinks, The Who, The Jam and Squeeze to name a few. Quirk, fun and constantly re-inventing itself thanks to Damon's skill and inventiveness.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

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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Thu Sep 02 2021
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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Mon Oct 04 2021
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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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

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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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Much better than ’modern life’

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

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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Fri Jun 25 2021
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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Fri May 21 2021
5

Fun and thoughtful and clever.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Classic. Love this album.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

fun

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

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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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Loved it, pure nostalgia

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

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

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

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

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

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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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

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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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

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

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

Love that album

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

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

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

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

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

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

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

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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Sun Nov 28 2021
5

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

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

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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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

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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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Classic Album, so much better than Oasis

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

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

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

nice blur!

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

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

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

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

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

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

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

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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Mon May 16 2022
5

Classic

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

It's a great album. You have to look past the title track and just fall into and enjoy songs like This is a low and To the end

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Yes, this record is the utimate summation of Britishness during the nineties--with a lot of it still relevant today, from cynicism about everyday life in England to sudden bursts of romanticism and hope. Iconic AND lively. And essential for fans of British rock at large. But beyond its topical contents, *Parklife* is first and foremost an incredibly adventurous album transcending its original britpop genre like no other record before. What a ride it is, from the exhilarating disco parody of "Girls And Boys" up to epic closer "This Is A Low" (I swear I can sense the wind blowing across the white cliffs of Dover or Brighton when I'm listening to this one). And this counting everything in between, of course, including all those wonderful earworms along the way ("Tracy Jacks", " End of A Century", "To The End", or that insanely cinematic title track and its hilarious unreliable narrator--foretelling stuff like Yard Act in 2022). A great, great album that honors that old Kinks tradition in ways that can make Albarn, Coxon, James and Rowntree proud today. And the best LP Blur has ever released, period (with the eponymous one in tow right behind it). On a sidenote: I'm also a huge fan of Mogwai, and so felt quite saddened when the latter tried to ignite a war of words with Blur at the end of the nineties (as if those two bands were from the same sort of league anyway...). I've just read today that Stuart Braithwaite kind of admitted all of this was a little immature on his part, that he actually met Grahan Coxon quite a few times since the time of that quickly-aborted public feud, and that Coxon has been nothing but awfully nice to him, even with that story between them... At least *one* member of Blur is a high-class act, or so it seems... I'm only telling this story to raise one little question: how come there's no album by Mogwai to be seen anywhere on this list? What do Dimery and co. have against post-rock and other similar genres like that? Beats me, really... Maybe they were such fans of Blur that they decided to boycott a whole genre as a retaliatory measure, ha ha. If that's the case, well, come on, guys, please reconsider. It's all water under the bridge now, is it not? Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 861 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 77 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 34 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 29

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

One of my favourites for years.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Iconic album, forgot just how good this album is, filled with melodic pop throughout

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

As good today as it was when it was released. A classic.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

Nisam ovaj album sluša nekih desetak godina. Jebeno je sjajan. Svaka stvar je drugačija.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

I might just like everything Damon Albarn does

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

It's amazing. Having only heard "Song 2" before I didn't know what to expect, but it blew me away.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

There has been a lot of Britpop on this list. Some of it good, some of it pretty damn bad. But this is the first one that was FUN! Seriously! The others could be poignant or self-important or serious, but this one here was so damn fun at every turn. It had a smidge of bloat, could have been tighter in some places, but man I had a blast listening, and that's enough for 5 stars easily.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

One of the best British albums you're gonna get

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Absolutely defining album of the '90s

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

4. Would be 5 but too many aged lyrics.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Truly a formative album for me so it’s getting 5 stars. By the time that I started getting into rock and alternative music, Blair, we’re on the self titled album add Song 2 was all over the place. As a Canadian millennial, blur his first and foremost, known for their inclusion on Big Shiny Tunes 2-a truly formative text for us. I was unaware at the time that the direction Blur were heading in musically at that point was a departure from the previous sound. I started getting into this album Parklife when I started to do a real deep dive on Oasis and then by extension their Britpop peers. I listen to this album today and felt like I needed to immediately follow it up with the first two Oasis albums. I hadn’t heard any of these in 10 years and wanted to see how time had affected my perception of them. The Oasis albums are undeniable and have an amazing energy that even that band could not replicate. They are both masterpieces. Parklife though is so interesting. Lyrically it is so much more complex and actually dives into real subjects in songs instead of feelings, you can tell that these are very much more accomplished musicians working at the height of their powers. I believe I talked about this during my review of the self titled blur album, but I was at what was at the time meant to be the last blur show during their late 2000s reunion at T in the Park in Scotland in 2009. They nearly had to cancel the show, because Graham Coxon had food poisoning, and apparently had come right from the hospital to the venue amazing euphoric experience, though, as that crowd was primed to see blur, I had brought a bunch of signs for them, including someone with one of the milk carton guys on a stick that he was holding up in the crowd. The band did go on hiatus but then returned about five years later with a new album. But I was so proud that I had managed to see Blur before they had broken up. A few weeks earlier to the show, I had also seen oasis in Edinburgh. It was to be one of their last concerts before they broke up that fall. This is going to seem inconsequential to most people, but I was given advice on concerts from a coworker, Jason I have never forgot. He had gotten tickets to go see Pearl Jam, and wanted to know if I wanted to buy one of the tickets. The day of the concert, I had class the next day and was not doing great in school that year. Jason told me that whenever I had an opportunity to see a band, I should always take it. He said you would never know if they were going to break up before you got a chance to see them again. Thanks to him, I got to see the two Titans of Brit Pop in the UK, something I would likely never gonna get to do again. This is turned out to be the best advice in my life. Thanks, Jason.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Classic

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

It’s Damon Albarn! Everything he does is 5 star! Great album!

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

Cheesy in places but still a classic

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Blur won the Britpop wars in my mind. They're the most creative and consistent in fantastic albums of the 4. Damon Albarn puts the fun in music, and it's a shame they were never as popular in the US as Gorillaz. He's an enthusiastic and silly vocalist with comical lyrics and subjects (sometimes black humour that borders the line with serious like "Clover over Dover"). It's probably the most accessible Britpop album, full of incredible hits in the 1st half, and a diverse range of punk and folk tracks in the 2nd half, reminiscent of legends like Syd Barrett. This is my top recommendation to anyone getting into the genre, but to be fair I hate Oasis (too loud and annoying vocalist). There are so many unique and creative ideas in this album... There are only 2 or 3 songs that don't blow me away somehow. Impressive from a record with a 16 track listing. The production is incredible. Despite how busy it gets, I can identify everyone, and all the instruments and sound effects come together so naturally and purposeful. This is especially brilliant with how creative and interesting the instrumentation, incorporating many synths and production techniques along with back vocals and strange instruments to make it an engaging listen, picking out all the components. I couldn't see strange tracks like "Debt Collector" perfected so well by anyone else. Finally, the track order is pretty optimized. The 2nd half starting "Debt Collector" sets a slower and mystical setting, and each of the following tracks feel so naturally glued together. Yet each one has its own identity and pulls your attention. Personally, I argue this is their strongest album, but it really shows when their other albums have countless tracks that match the quality here.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

Tracks: 1 2 3 4 6 9 15

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

Absolutely love this album. Classic 90s Brit pop

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

“When our third album comes out, our place as the quintessential English band of the '90s will be assured. That is a simple statement of fact. I intend to write it in 1994." - Damon Albarn, 1990

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Quite possibly my favourite britpop album of all time. 'Girls & Boys' and 'Parklife' are top notch tracks and deservedly so also smash hits for Albarn and co. 'To The End' and 'This Is a Low' are equally great, and it's great to see the lads having a sense of humor by closing on 'Lot 105'. Unlike other attempts at ending on a jokey song (looking at you Beatles), 'Lot 105' is a perfect ending capturing the atmosphere of the entire thing in one short catchy melody.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

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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Mon Sep 21 2020
4

This album is a fucking classic

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Wed Dec 16 2020
4

Britpop at its finest. 7.5/10

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

British Weezer.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

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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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

chicche

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

British and fun. Lively rock/pop/misc.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Great album with a good number of bangers on it.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Love it, like listening to Gorillaz but rock

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Modern day Kinks

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

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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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Weird and wonderful. Very Beatles-esce .

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

4 - Classic

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

huzzah.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

This is quite British and I like it.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Classic!

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Yup

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

false

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Me gusta mucho

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

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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Mon May 24 2021
4

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

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Fri May 14 2021
4

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

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

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

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

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

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

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Sun May 09 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

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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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Superb. London Loves and To The End particularly.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

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

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

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

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

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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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

bro I like every song so far !!

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

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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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

More power

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Fri May 21 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

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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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Rock

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

odrobinę alternatywny rok z jeszcze bardziej alternatywnym wykorzystaniem tekstu i wokalu

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

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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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

A classic!

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

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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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

fremragende

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

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

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Sat Oct 09 2021
4

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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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

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

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Sat Oct 16 2021
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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Mon Oct 18 2021
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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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

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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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

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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Mon Nov 01 2021
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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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

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

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Fri Nov 05 2021
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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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Interesting album. Some great songs. Fun listen.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
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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Wed Nov 17 2021
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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Wed Nov 24 2021
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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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

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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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

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

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Decent Britpop album.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Classic Blur. Great

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Yes, it's a good one.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

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

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

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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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

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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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

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

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

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

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

Liked it

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Some of their biggest hits but not blown away overall.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

1994 - English Rock

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Thought it was great

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Britpop de Blur. Ningún megahit. Un 4.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

very impressed!

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

awrrrrrrrr

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

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

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

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

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

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

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

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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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

eu não lembrava que blur era tão bão

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

What a banger! 8/10.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

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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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

A classic blur album with all the blur trappings.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

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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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

cool and fun 4.5

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

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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Tue May 03 2022
4

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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Tue May 03 2022
4

ikkje mitt favoritt blur-album, men ganske bra likavel

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Britpop de Blur. Ningún megahit. Un 4.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

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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Tue May 17 2022
4

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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Wed May 18 2022
4

fun, electric, groovy, goofy

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Good album. I enjoyed this much more than expected.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

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

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Mon May 30 2022
4

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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Mon May 30 2022
4

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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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

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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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

Was pretty good, I liked most of the tracks.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

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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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

So many great tracks

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