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A touch of the nineties,
This review is from: Parklife (Audio CD)
There are some fine moments here but like another scribe pointed out, much of it is very much of its time. The title track is the best example of this - mildly infectious novelty pop back in 1994, it has been flogged to death so mercilessly that it is now really rather irratating. "Girls and Boys" fares a little better but the other upbeat tracks - "Tracy Jacks", "London Loves", "Jubilee" and "Bank Holiday" are little more than album fillers after a few listens.
If you take out the rather self indulgent organ and wurlitzer instrumentals you're left with the true gems on this album. Namely the french lounge pastiche "To the End", the beautifully lo-fi "This is a low" and the simple but touching "Badhead."
It's hard not to like this album and as a kind of testament to the "Swinging nineties", Parklife will always be rated as an important landmark in popular musical history but whether it deserves to be there on musical content alone is debatable. I would contest that it's a good album rather than a great one.