Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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. The Best of Blur serves as a document for an astonishingly consistent career full of hits over in Britain.... As with any retrospective, the track listing isn't going to please anyone.... Still, it's hard to argue with the material that made it to this record. The disc, though not sequenced in chronological order, covers all facets of Blur's career.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Blur have had many more than 18 hits; certainly there are sufficient omissions to form the bulk of a second disc.
  8. The only disappointment is the one new song, "Music Is My Radar," a rather pallid foray into disco.
  9. 80
    It's all pretty essential stuff.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 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.
  2. 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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  3. 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. Full Review »