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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. The band has quietly crafted some of the best singles of the '90s...
  2. Reduced to a tuneful 18-song essence that watches too much television, their mildness seems diverting and their Englishness definitive.
  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. 80
    It's all pretty essential stuff.
  5. Blur have had many more than 18 hits; certainly there are sufficient omissions to form the bulk of a second disc.
  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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  1. Nov 6, 2011
    10
    The best of blur compilation album covers most of Blur's hit singles from their first six albums. While it is a good compilation album i probably would have preferred less emphasis on their singles and more emphasis on their better album cuts. Expand
  2. Oct 1, 2010
    10
    Blur is one of these bands where once you listen to them you'll fall in love immediately, and that is what happened to me. Blur is with no doubt the best band in the Britpop era. With Damon's creativity, Graham's amazing guitar skills, Alex's smooth bass tunes and Dave's drumming put Blur on the list with the greatest rock/pop bands ever, like The Kinks or The Beatles for example. 'The Best Of Blur' contains the most wonderful songs ever made by Blur: "Song 2", "Parklife", "Chemical World", "The Universal", "End Of A Century" and many more. The only possible downside that I can find is that this compilation album does not include some of the songs from Blur's latest album, 'Think Tank', which is another masterpiece. Expand
  3. 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!!!
  4. Sep 9, 2011
    9
    Want to know what made Blur great? Then "The Best of Blur" is all you need to recap some of the best moments in music during the 90s'. There are of course many others songs that are cool but I suppose you can't get everything you want, can you? Anyway, You'll basically be getting most of the singles all the way back from Blur's 1990 hit 'She's So High' to the more recent '13' album. If you grew up listening to Blur, then get this! If you're new, take a lesson, cause this is what great 90s' rock is all about!! Expand
  5. j30
    Dec 7, 2011
    9
    This is a great introduction, however, individual albums such as Parklife, 13, and Think Tank are albums you must hear.
  6. Nov 9, 2011
    8
    Has most of the hits you'd expect, showcases the more radio friendly side of the band. I found some of Blur's album tracks to be dubious at times and often experimentation was prioritised over quality. I always thought Blur to be overrated but this record shows how many top quality songs they've produced at their peak. For someone like me, someone who liked but never loved Blur fan this collection is ideal. Expand
  7. Nov 2, 2013
    8
    [8.7] The most powerfully British of any britpop band, Blur is delightfully wacky and well-versed in alternative and British rock. This album displays appropriately what Blur has to offer. Their sound is fun, moderately eccentric, and quite melodic, Blur is one of few bands that can make a wacky, playful tune, and somehow pull it off in a subtle, graceful way. Expand

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