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  • Summary: This 18-track compilation contains most of the UK band's biggest hits, as well as one new track ("Music Is My Radar"). The only noticeable omissions seem to be "Popscene," "Chemical World," and "Sunday Sunday."
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  1. Reduced to a tuneful 18-song essence that watches too much television, their mildness seems diverting and their Englishness definitive.
  2. The band has quietly crafted some of the best singles of the '90s...
  3. Musically, the group goes way beyond Britpop, a movement largely of its own invention, to survey Burt Bacharach-style suavity on "The Universal" and "To the End," hedonistic dance pop on "Girls and Boys," and Lennon-esque soul-baring on "Tender."
  4. Blur have had many more than 18 hits; certainly there are sufficient omissions to form the bulk of a second disc.
  5. 80
    It's all pretty essential stuff.
  6. The only complaints involve omissions. Four of five singles between '92 and '94 (among them the minor American hit, "Bang") aren't here, which bypasses the band's crucial early development and leaves only one song from Modern Life, the punchy "For Tomorrow." On the other hand, the disc could easily have shed at least one of its five offerings from Parklife -- most noticeably the title track.
  7. And "dazzling" isn't really hyperbole -- based on these 18 songs, Blur isn't just the best pop band of the '90s, with greater range and depth than their peers, they rank among the best pop bands of all time. The Best of Blur illustrates that, even as it misses some of their best moments -- omissions that prevent it from being the flat-out classic it should be. Even so, it's pretty damn terrific, particularly for the unconverted.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
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  1. Sep 5, 2014
    10
    The album title is great, because in fact, this is the best of Blur. Here you have everything you need to start with Blur, the best band ofThe album title is great, because in fact, this is the best of Blur. Here you have everything you need to start with Blur, the best band of the 90's. So, if you don't want the individual albums just pick this one. Expand
  2. CrystaldivaV.V
    Nov 14, 2005
    10
    Amazing album... from a really uniqute band.. very creative.. and Damon's voice is just so great!!..
  3. WarrenC.
    Nov 19, 2001
    10
    Blur is the most diverse and brilliant band of the Britpop era and beyond. Pop is the domain of beautiful intellectuals.
  4. Oct 19, 2011
    10
    Blur are my favourite band and their greatest hits is brilliant, they may have left out a couple of songs but I don't care, this album is excellent!!!
  5. Apr 26, 2015
    9
    This album features some great hits and is an excellent introduction to the bands impressive legacy in the britpop scene. Concluding with aThis album features some great hits and is an excellent introduction to the bands impressive legacy in the britpop scene. Concluding with a live concert bit at the end makes this well worth money. Expand
  6. Dec 14, 2014
    8
    'So give me coffee and TV.'
    Absolute crackerjack album from the 90's rockers. Glued together by an incredible bass performance by Alex James
    'So give me coffee and TV.'
    Absolute crackerjack album from the 90's rockers. Glued together by an incredible bass performance by Alex James and some startling lyrics by the frontman, Blur captured the imagination during their golden nineties era and this album highlights their best work.
    The song organisation is excellent while the underlying themes in their songs: country vs. city life, failed romance, the rat race as well as the dynamic interplay between rock music and social interactions ensure this band occupies a place in the pantheon of Brit Rock greats.
    While this best of album can't be faulted for the selection-it is unfortunate that Blur themselves perhaps did not fill their potential as a band in terms of longevity. I personally would've liked them to have been a little more experimental a la Radiohead, and thankfully the front man's efforts for the follow up band The Gorillaz has partially atoned for this. I was also devastated on missing out on seeing them at BDO 2014.
    Great band, fine album. Worth the money if you're not obsessed with them but would like a sample of Britrock at its finest.
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  7. DavidG.
    May 22, 2001
    7
    A good CD of a group known but too few people.

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