Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    What's in here finds the band inventive, unfailingly tuneful, and, rather belying the title, mellowing magnificently with age. [Aug 2009, p.87]
  2. With the original foursome reunited it's as well that Midlife dwells mainly on the music they made together. As a playlist of what Blur were and capable of, it suggests a band with few peers.
  3. Whatever the future holds, few bands fit as well into their time as the Blur captured here.
  4. Despite the cries about careerism, they rarely settled into one spot for long, and even when they were correctly perceived to have done so--about one half of The Great Escape really is a Parklife retread--they were still spreading their collective wings on album tracks and B-sides.
  5. Whether or not Blur ever record together again, Midlife is a satisfying overview for a band that was a cornerstone of a music scene and whose music is still as vibrant and exciting today as it ever was.
  6. while Midlife could have used a heavier dose of this side of Blur, there's not a bad track here, and the set also brings their glorious, epoch-creating single 'Popscene' back into circulation.
  7. At a safe distance from Britpop's glare, Midlife justly represents Blur as national treasures, as emotionally rich and hungry for progress as ardiohead, only catchier. [Aug 2009, p.116]
  8. 80
    That the group could go from the sneering jauntiness of 'Girls And Boys' to the paranoid anxiety of 'Song 2' with no drop in hook-effectiveness is startling in itself; that it managed to continuously and effortlessly navigate th incomprehensible expanse between The Kinks and Brian Eno is an utterly singular achievement. [Summer 2009, p.94]
  9. Blur may not have gotten the adulation they deserved in the states during their heyday, but Midlife is a solid move to reevaluate Blur’s position in the pantheon.
  10. Blur went from wanna-be's ("Popscene") to provocateurs ("Parklife") to artistes ("Beetlebum") to world travelers ("Good Song"), and, rare moments of torpid dross aside, remained fascinating with each mood change.
  11. At 59 and 48 minutes each, with space left to fill on both CDs, the label’s lack of curiosity about these more obscure sections of the Blur discography seems negligent.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Dec 30, 2010
    10
    The best, or at least the most continually adaptive british band of the 90's/00's. From baggy shoegazing swirliness of She's So High, throughThe best, or at least the most continually adaptive british band of the 90's/00's. From baggy shoegazing swirliness of She's So High, through britpop cheeriness, to stripped down american lo-fi, with some electronic beats and even a bit of Moroccan influence, it's hard to not call Blur at the least, diverse. Containing the classic singles (the addition of Popscene is very welcome), a few specially chosen album additions, such as the peerless This is a Low, all combine to make this a quick guide to a great band. Full Review »
  2. PatoR.
    Jul 30, 2009
    10
    A great compilation of, perhaps, the best band of the last 2 decades.
  3. Apr 2, 2013
    6
    With Midlife, I had a chance to know about Blur. I am not a brit pop fan, but Bluris actually cool, because of their upbeat songs. They remindWith Midlife, I had a chance to know about Blur. I am not a brit pop fan, but Bluris actually cool, because of their upbeat songs. They remind of Ramones. I love Parklife, Song 2, Beetlebum, She's So High, etc. Some of the songs are cheesy. If you listen to them, you'll think you're playing Ape Escape. Anyway it's an OK album. It's an OK band. In my oppinion they're not the greatest band you'll ever see. But in these past they've stood out. However, once more, it's an OK band. Full Review »