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  • Audio Cassette (26 Sept. 1995)
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B000000WA3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on 21 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was the album that very nearly broke the back of Blur in their native Britain. Released at the same time as Oasis' ''(What's The Story) Morning Glory)'', which sold considerably more copies, Blur became victims of the age old British adage of putting someone on a pedastal so you can knock them down. Suddenly, lead singer Damon Albarn couldn't walk down the street without someone yelling the latest Oasis tune in his ear. It was the mother of all backlashes. Which is strange, because ''The Great Escape'' is a superb album. Fizzling with musical invention, (the ethereal, nightmarish guitars on ''He Thought Of Cars'') and lyrical gems, (''They're on the leather sofa, they're on the patio./And when the fun is over, watch themselves on video'' from ''Stereotypes''), it was a noted progression from ''Parklife''. Guitarist Graham Coxon established himself as the finest of his generation, bending his sounds around Albarns songs in much the same way as a painter colours in the white gaps of a rough sketch (especially on the melancholic ''Best Days''). The grandiose ''The Universal'' is a genuine throat lumper, swelling with Bacharian strings. And ''Entertain Me'' revisits the stomping disco beat of ''Girls And Boys'', matching a cracking tune with yearning lyrics. It's no surprise to learn that The Smiths were idols of Albarn and co.There's even the token punk song, (''Globe Alone''), that Blur always throw on to their records. It's a measure of Blurs self belief that the ensuing backlash following ''The Great Escape''s release didn't break them. And it's a sign of genuis that they went on to make even better records. Because this is an excellent album.
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Although I can understand why so many people slate this album, I can't agree with them. Sure, it may be somewhat overproduced, but LISTEN to the album instead of going along with the majority and you'll discover a much-maligned classic. Of course there are poor tracks (TOPMAN and and Dan Abnormal for me), but there are also some of the bands best ever tracks (The Universal, Stereotypes, Best Days and the stunning He Thought of Cars).
This album was recorded at the peak of Britpop, just as Parklife when ballastic, and when released, got much more favourable releases than Oasis' What's the Story? It was only when the backlash kicked in towards Christmas '95 that everyone started slating the album. Perhaps the melancholy feel and depressing lyrics (even the Country House lyrics are depressing when you listen to them!) are hard for many to listen to, whilst Oasis' required no real effort on the listener's part.
One day this album will be given the credit it deserves.
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The Great Escape is by far the better of blur's other albums,although "blur" and "13" are approached differently with no more tracks about characters.Unlike the Great Escape which is full of upbeat tunes and great lyrics of which you can understand.To me by far their best album to date.
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I always liked Blur and had been meaning to purchase all 7 albums and see for myself the wonderful life of Blur. First off as I read the reviews of this album it seems like no one has an opinion and everyone follows whatever the negative reviews say to fit and say that it is Blur at there worst. Are you joking honestly this album is slated because of what a few people think it is not as good as Parklife. Who cares do we really need a Parklife no,Blur needed to move on and thank god they did.There are some pure excellent songs on this album but no one seems to notice and it's a shame. In some ways I really like this album and prefer this to other releases of there's but the negativity hype surrounding this release will sadly never go away I think if you are reading this and you hate the album because your a sheep if i could reach out of my computer screen and slap you with this very album on CD i will be more than happy to.

Charmless Man and Country House are classics and it is easy to see that because these do stick out compared to the other tracks but they have all the good bit of magic to them. I can't stress enough that if you are reading the reviews that talk garbage get this album and see for yourselves.

For the price you are paying i must say just click to purchase when you just about to buy a few blur albums and see for yourself. It is defiantly worth having and thinking about it. Honestly this album makes you think in so many ways..
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By A Customer on 21 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Blur have always been slated for there music but this album has some amazing tunes on it and they really showed that Blur could change. I understand that people thought they were rubbish as they had so much to live up to with three albums behind them but they needed to make this one to really show that though they were international stars sometimes things don't go as planned. The great thing about the album is how the music is so excellent to chill too people get into the vibe of it. It is worth listening too as it has passion and insight into their lives, alot better than the cheesey music era that we have entered today. Brilliant CD to chill too.
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"Parklife" had been a massive success. "The Great Escape" saw the Britpop backlash beginning in earnest. Yet the astonishing thing about "The Great Escape" is that the overall standard of the songs was better than either "Parklife" or "Modern life...". Musically speaking, "Topman", "Her Thought of Cars" and even the much-abused "Country House" are marvellous. The problem is the lyrics...
By this album, Damon Albarn was well and truly p****d off. Blur had become a superb pop band, but perversely he felt a fraud. His inner pretentious snob kept eating at him, telling him that he had become the commercial entertainer he hated. The lyrics of "Great Escape" are filled with some of the most scabrous misanthropy ever committed to record. The ordinary people are either repressed, middle-class depressives ("Ernold Same", "Fade Away"), or vile vulgarians ("TOPMAN", "Globe Alone"). Yet if you're a rock star you can't escape the meaningless of the world ("Country House"). The obvious answer would be to burn away the cobwebs with rock'n'roll songs that could both provide bodacious grooves while simultaneously savaging our sick society. Unfortunately, Damon didn't feel up to that. After this album Blur collapsed into insular pretension and that is the true tragedy.
Listen to it, but keep your antacids handy...
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