Best of Blur [2CD]

Best of Blur [2CD]

by Blur

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2000
Label: Wb / Parlophone
UPC: 0724385045721
catalogNumber: 504570

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blur   Primary Artist
Damon Albarn   Vocals
Graham Coxon   Guitar
Alex James   Bass
Dave Rowntree   Drums

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Blur   Producer
William Orbit   Producer,Engineer
Steve Power   Producer
Damon Albarn   Composer
Graham Coxon   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer
Stephen Hague   Producer,Engineer
Alex James   Composer
Steve Lovell   Producer
Andy Ross   Engineer
Dave Rowntree   Composer
Stephen Street   Producer,Engineer
Damian leGassick   Programming
Ben Hillier   Producer
Sean Spuehler   Programming
Jeremy Plumb   Art Direction
Jason Cox   Engineer
John Smith   Producer,Engineer

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The Best of Blur [1CD Version] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Britpop_Lover More than 1 year ago
It's a complete shame that Blur aren't more famous in the United States. They managed to simultaneously create the Britpop movement and transcend it, and if you're unfamiliar with their music, this is a pretty great place to start. This disc is compiled slightly strangely, with later tracks like 'Beetlebum' and 'Song 2' at the very beginning and earlier tracks like 'Country House' and 'Girls and Boys' nearer the end. It doesn't matter. Every song is brilliant in its own way, and also completely unique. Listening to the Beatles-evoking 'Charmless Man', with its supremely catchy "na-na-na-na-na-na-na" refrain, you wouldn't think it was written by the same band who created the gorgeous, complex melodies and melancholy tone of 'This is a Low'. But it is. And that's the beauty of Blur.