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Blur: The Best Of
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2001
Blurs "best of" was always going to be good. A wide selection of tunes ranging from the Britpop of "Country House" to the sublime yet bizarre art-rock of "Music Is My Radar" offers a reasonable history of Blurs music. All of which is excellent (unless you listen to "There's No Other Way" too often). Annoyingly, "Popscene" and "Sunday Sunday" aren't included, but you can't blame the band for this as the fans were polled on what to include - so you can hardly say Blur are "ashamed of their early work".
Tracks you'd forgotten were so good: "On Your Own", "For Tomorrow", "She's So High"
An ace CD, charting the change in the bands career. A must for fans and casual observers alike.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2001
Over the past decade, Blur have evolved from a run-of-the-mill indie-dance act to bastions of Brit pop and, ultimately, to that rare band whose best songs owe more to art than to the hit parade. Eschewing chronological presentation, and wisely shortchanging the early years, this well-sequenced program will hammer home to casual fans what diehards have known for years: Damon Albarn and company craft concise gems that are thought-provoking without inducing head-scratching. In this context, cuts that were never obvious chart fare -- the sweeping ballad "To the End," the gospel-inflected "Tender," and the desolate "No Distance Left to Run" -- sound better than ever. The new song, "Music Is My Radar," a clutch of quirky, disparate sounds (harmonium, rickety percussion, fuzz guitar) in need of a melodic hook to anchor them, can't match the polish of the band's best, but otherwise, this is a greatest-hits package with an emphasis on the greatest.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2007
This is a truly comprehensive CD, containing all the band's hits, from the
electronic-sounding "She's So High" to brand-new indie-ish song "Music Is My Radar", this album contains some classic stuff. "Girls And Boys" and "Parklife" are both sparkling gems of Brit-pop, as is "Country House".
"Charmless Man" is an insanely catchy tune and the four tunes taken from
their eponymous 1997 effort are all present and correct. There is also some obscure stuff, like the ballad-like "To The End", the country-ish "Tender", and the lounge ballad "The Universal". The only negative note I can make about this album is that the new song isn't really that good and there is the unexplainable abscence of two classics from Modern Life Is Rubbish, "Sunday Sunday" and "Chemical World". That aside, this is a great disc to pick up for true-blue Blur fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2000
ok, most of you think this album bites because these aren't the songs you would have expected..... well i like almost everyone one of these songs, and i think they picked some good ones to put on this album. i am going to buy for a few reason. 1] i love blur and i like to say i have all there albums. 2] the line up is great for me, if i am in the car and want to listen to my fave blur songs i don't have to keep switching cd's i just pop this one in.
so all in all i really like this album and i think its gonna be great, even thouhg i am guessing it won't sell to big, but i could be wrong you never know!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2000
This album, for me was one that I have been looking forward to for years; I have always viewed Blur as a hit and miss band, with more hits than misses. The Albums are a mixed bag, on one side you have weird instumental/alternative stuff (the sort of thing that Blur seem to love) and then you have some modern classics such as 'Girls and Boys' and 'Country House' to name but a few; and these, i am happy to say are what are on this album. I have waited with baited breath for a long time now to see this record, for the simple fact that Blur are a band made for a 'Best of' Album.
All these little gems have now been collected and bundled into a package, complete with, may i say, the excellent sort of cover you want to be made into poster and put up on your wall. All the classics that you skip to the albums are here from the air guitar classic 'Song 2' to the lighter swaying, foot stomping, gospel singing 'Tender'.
Blur seem to have disowned these earlier hits, prefering the more mature 'Music is my Radar' and 'Coffee and TV'. I say be proud Blur, be proud of these Brit Pop classics, which be remembered for a long time to come.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2000
There are a lot of things that could have benn better about this album. The track list should have been about quality, not sales (ie. what is country house doing here), and it should have been in order of realese, giving the listener an impression of how there sound has developed. Having said that Blur are a great band, and the bulk of material that makes up this album is great. With Blurs strong back material this should have been better, but this is worthwhile for a Blur newcomer. Best of's are never meant for hardcore fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2000
This CD really does contrast how good Blur are. They have jumped back on to the scene with the new song, but its the old ones that relive the memories of the best of Blur. Song 2, Coffee & TV to name just a few are the highlight of the CD. It also shows why in the old days they were such a thret to Oasis. If your not a BIG Blur fan but you do think that thewre pretty cool then this is the CD for you as it contains some of the best stuff around, from one of the best bands around, ladies and gents i present: Blur
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2000
Every Blur fan will love the tracks on this CD but most Blur fans will already have them. It's a shame that hard to get hold of single "POPSCENE" is not included here. Other great singles (Sunday Sunday,Chemical World,M.O.R.Stereotypes) are missing. I'd suggest buying the Studio albums you haven't got already. You can buy most of them quite cheap now and hunting for Popscene its much more fun and you will end up with the best collection of Blur songs.Sorry lads but this is a Christmas Stocking Filler we could do without!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2000
blur is a fantastic band and while their albums tend to be a mixture of hits and misses, generally, all the albums are enjoyable. so...while i adore blur (sigh sigh graham), this best of cd is all that you really need if you want to get acquainted with blur or if you like them but they're just not everything in your life :) a should have anyways.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2000
I havent always been a huge Blur fan until mid-way through their career, and so to catch up on their albums would be expensive. This album is perfect for people like me but I can see how it would frustrate hardcore Blur fans due to the lack of non-chart entries. Perhaps if they had of copied U2 and made a double CD where one was best hits and one was B-sides it would appeal to a greater audience. Either way I think this is a must buy for all Blur fans and the live tracks are superb!!
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