Seen these guys at the Isle of Wight festival. Loved it so much, I went and bought this album as well as their latest offering "The Magic Whip". Brilliant. Not going to say anymore. I don't get paid for reviews.
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.
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.