5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Damon Albarn is the man,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Best Of Blur (2CD) (Audio CD)
Gorillaz are good. I think they're good. But the more you listen to CDs like this, the more you think "Damon... man... what the HELL are you doing?!". Happily salvation is at hand for those of us who have an uncontrollable Blur-lust.
The only problem, as I read it, is that Blur have more amazingly Epic songs than one CD will take. So, in their doubt, they decided that "Best of" was synonomous with "Singles". This I dispute, because you only have to listen to tracks like "jubilee" and "bugman" or any of a thousand others to know that Blur non-singles are good too. Also some singles that weened their way onto this album are decidedly sub-standard in comparison with the above. For instance, I would submit that "For tomorrow" is unworthy.
That said, it's unquestionable that if you need a Blur Fix this is easily the best Album with which to do it. Most of the Hi-lights of Blur's career, from their first single "She's so high" right through to "Music is my Radar" can be found here. The compulsory "Beetlbum" / "Song 2" opening is of course, still the best one around (no-one ever gets bored of those songs, do they?), and we also get such treats as "Girls and Boys", "Tender", the totally, 100% orgasmically beautiful "Coffee and TV", and of course "End of a century", possibly the most endearing song of all time.
The second CD is a live recording of Blur's exploits on "Singles night". It's very nice to hear Blur in a different context, esepcially with a stage presence like Damon's (the joy of hearing 100,000 people singing "It's nothing speccciiialll" is almost insurmountable), but again a little more variety would be appreciated. However we do get some new tracks (even if they are all singles) - MOR and the Stereotypes, noticeably.
Final remarks? Well, you can only fit so much on a CD, what they fit on was good. It would be nice to give some hitherto underdog tracks an airing, but never mind, this is still the essential Blur, a great "Get into" album, a great "Staying into" album, great for car journies, and basic worship of every kind. And hence I commend it, and especially this version to your venerable attention. Thankyou for reading.