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Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
Scanning the track listing of this album, it's hard not to conclude that Blur aren't a little embarrassed by their early work. Opening with the chart one-two of "Beetlebum" and "Song 2" (from their eponymous 1997 watershed... more »
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Scanning the track listing of this album, it's hard not to conclude that Blur aren't a little embarrassed by their early work. Opening with the chart one-two of "Beetlebum" and "Song 2" (from their eponymous 1997 watershed album) rather than the baggy groove of their debut single, "She's So High," it's apparent that they desire to accentuate their more recent efforts. Running order aside, it's hard to fault the 18 songs which chart the life and times of one of Britain's smartest, most inventive bands. From the tuxedoed ballad "The Universal" through the cartoon Brit-pop of numbers such as "Parklife" and "Country House" to the freshly recorded indie-influenced "Music Is My Radar," their searching intelligence and deft hooks are never less than admirable. --Mike Pattenden
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The best pop group since the Beatles
Inertia_90 | Texas | 12/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Really, there should be no question about the quality of this record. It features over an hour of the most sublime pop music ever recorded. Every track is a stand-out, but particular highlights include the Euro-disco of "Girls and Boys," the orchestral grandeur of "The Universal," the gospel-tinged ballad "Tender," and the grunge parody "Song 2," better known Stateside as 'whoo-hoo.'
While diehards may have some qualms with the track selection (NOTHING from Modern Life Is Rubbish, save the single version of "For Tomorrow," made the cut), this album is probably the best starting place for newcomers to the Blur discography.
From here, the first place to go is Modern Life Is Rubbish, which is not adequately represented here, but still key to understanding the band's discography."
Great collection from one of the best British bands
Nathan Beauchamp | Oak Park, IL USA | 08/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Blur has a way of writing lyrics that elevates them above most bands. They are intelligent, ironic, and most importantly, funny. I've always related them to Weezer, based on lyrics more than music style. This collection gets the job done as far as providing a solid and complete collection of their radio hits. The songs themselves are all excellent, but they feel strange in the order presented. I agree with another reviewer that they were better when part of their original albums, in their original context. Maybe it's just because I enjoy listening to complete albums more than singles, but I prefer their original albums to this collection.
If you're only interested in owning their radio singles, give this a try. Otherwise, buy their original albums.