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Blur are an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1989 as Seymour, the group consists of singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Blur's debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change—influenced by English guitar pop groups such as The Kinks, The Beatles and ... Read more in Amazon's Blur Store

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  • Audio Cassette (28 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Food
  • ASIN: B00000EEGR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "fallen_angel38" on 29 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is the point in Blur's rambling musical career where it all came together. The band may well disagree with this, but this is the most cohesive album they produced. Rather than remembering Blur for two and a half minutes of screaming (Song 2) or for their tussles with Oasis (Country house, Charmless man), I'd suggest you take a look at this album.
Its simply a very very perceptive interpretation of a British way of life . 'Girls and Boys' takes you on a club 18-30, 'End of a Century' returns you to suburbia. 'Parklife' makes a slob of you, 'London Loves' deposits you in the rush hour and 'Magic America' gives you the dreams of escaping to bright lights. Finally, in one of the most beautiful moments of the nineties 'This is a Low' leaves you soaring over the land you know and love before 'Lot 106' brings a stupid grin to your face.
Its an evocative album, musically great, and most importantly its the best thing Blur ever did. Don't get the greatest hits, buy this instead. And then buy the rest of the albums.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Music critics have never had shorter memories than when they have dealt with Blur. When 'The Great Escape', the sequel to 'Parklife', was released, they rightly hailed it as a classic. Ask them now, however, and you won't find many who will even admit to ever liking it - the music press follows fashion just like the rest of us. But all this is a round-the-houses way of saying that only the most ardent Blur-haters will think the same of 'Parklife'. Not a note is out of place, not a song fails to captivate. From the initial shock of Girls and Boys to the monumental, magnificent ending of This Is A Low (not forgetting the playful coda of Lot 105, a trick they tried again with less success on '13'), this is arguably the album of the decade. With pop music in possibly its unhealthiest condition since it was invented, we can only look back in wonder at albums like 'Parklife' and hope that somehow, somewhere, rock and roll will return for that one last encore all over again.
Blur, meanwhile, are just as interesting now as they were then, perhaps even more so, but will they ever release a record of this stature again?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A quasi-concept album about Britain and its Americanisation, Parklife is the peak of Blur, coming as the second part of their Britpop trilogy, after the poorly received (commercially at least) Modern Life Is Rubbish and before the decent The Great Escape. It also came out in the same year as Oasis' debut album shook the world's foundations and the Blur vs. Oasis battle began. Funnily enough, unlike the Beatles vs. Beach Boys rivalry thirty years earlier, both bands produced their greatest work before even beginning their competition, Oasis with their debut and Blur with this masterpiece.

Countless elements of Britain and its people are explored across this album's 53 enthralling minutes; monarchism in 'Jubilee;' everyday proletarianism in the title track; fashion trends and subcultures, as well as millenial interest in 'End Of A Century'; bank holidays on...well, 'Bank Holiday'; taxation and debt on 'The Debt Collector.' No stone is left unturned.

And from this concept/theme you get some of Blur's finest songs. The title track is famous thanks to Phil Daniels, but really not one of the standouts here. The elegaic 'Badhead,' with its chiming guitar and tasteful brass, is lovely, while 'Tracy Jacks' addresses stereotypes (better than the other Blur song of that name) with the line 'I'd love to stay here and be normal but it's just so overrated.' ]

Throughout, Albarne's cockney - or mockney depending on who you ask - voice and Graham Coxon's always dazzling guitar work hold everything together beautifully, and despite Coxon's apparent dissatisfaction with it, this is truly an album to be proud of, the jewel in Blur's crown.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher J. Welch on 10 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
After the commercial failure of Blur's Modern Life Is Rubbish, the Colchester foursome were quite literally on their 'last legs'. Their record company were close to cutting the band loose and the failure of the albums two big singles 'Into Tommorow' & 'Chemical World' had seriously dented Damon Albarn's confidence.
It was time for a re-invention of the Blur sound. Albarn and Coxon turned the band overnight into a Bowie/Kinks/Madness hybrid and hit gold. The resulting Parklife was a revelation and, alongside Oasis's What's The Story Morning Glory, literally invented Brit Pop. Lyrically and sonically this is still the finest long player Blur ever released and is without doubt one of THE records of the 90's.
'Girls & Boys' was a massive hit and cleverly mixed electronic beats with a knowing Bowiesque delivery, 'Parklife' was The Kinks on speed with a liitle help from Phil Daniels and 'To The End' a gorgeous understated ballad. Even the relatively minor hit 'End Of The Century' still sounds great with it's near poetic lyrics and winning 'Mockney' vocal.
Parklife scored big though because of it's consistency and, with songs as strong as 'Tracey Jacks', 'London Loves','This Is A Low' and the lovely 'Badhead', the album tracks were in every sense the equal of the singles. They even pulled a great punk song out of the bag with the manic thrash of 'Bank Holiday'.
With the band currently on hiatus there has never been a better time to revisted Parklife and to remember exactly what Albarn did before he became a rennasaince man, part of a cartoon band and a highbrow musical maverick. Let's hope he gets back to his day job soon.
Parklife hasn't dated in the slightest. If you don't already own it, shame on you ! Great iconic cover artwork too !

There is a reason why the recently reformed Blur played no less that 7 Parklife tracks in their set .....

cw
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