There's No Other Poll: Let's rank the Blur albums

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Hearing "Song 2" over and over and over again in a commercial during the NCAA tourney last weekend inspired me to re-listen to the Blur catalog. It's as good as I remember (for the most part). But which is #1?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Modern Life is Rubbish (1993) 23
13 (1999) 22
Parklife (1994) 18
Blur (1997) 18
The Magic Whip (2015) 8
Think Tank (2003) 7
Leisure (1991) 3
The Great Escape (1995) 3


LimbsKing, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:06 (one year ago) Permalink

At this exact moment, I'm really torn between Parklife, Blur, and 13. Can't vote yet.

LimbsKing, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Blur and maybe 13 will turn out to be their lasting work.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Parklife for me

Wimmels, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:16 (one year ago) Permalink

s/t or... think tank

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Really want throw a sympathy vote to either Leisure or The Great Escape, since I think both are about fifty-billion times better than everyone says they are. But really, this is Modern Life all the way.

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:27 (one year ago) Permalink

MLIR was close for me, and I also really like The Great Escape

Wimmels, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:29 (one year ago) Permalink

13 > MLIR > TGE > Blur > Leisure > Parklife > TT > TMW

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:35 (one year ago) Permalink

my thing with 13 is that i don't really like "tender" so it's hard to... listen to an album that starts with it

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:36 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah I always start with Bugman

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:42 (one year ago) Permalink

I rode 13 hard when I was coming out and hopelessly in love

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:47 (one year ago) Permalink

more controversially I also like to skip No Distance Left To Run because he's already made his big breakup meltdown point much better on 1992 and Trimm Trabb really is the record's climax

'11' doesn't quite have the same ring though

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:47 (one year ago) Permalink

TMW was dire, the best example of why bands shouldn't reform from the last 10 years at least.

piscesx, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:47 (one year ago) Permalink

yep

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:48 (one year ago) Permalink

apart from the opening track and 'go out' maybe

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:49 (one year ago) Permalink

13 > MLIR > TGE > Blur > Leisure > Parklife > TT > TMW

I'd already totally forgotten that The Magic Whip existed and was baffled as to what 'TMW' referred to for a good few seconds there

soref, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:00 (one year ago) Permalink

gonna vote for think tank bc i love that record most than i guess almost everyone

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:02 (one year ago) Permalink

My order would probably be..

Modern Life Is Rubbish - The only Blur album where I don't want to skip any of the songs.

Parklife - I never need to hear the title track again. I could probably lose The Debt Collector and Magic America too. It does also include many of their finest moments and Trouble In The Message Centre which has been my favourite Blur song since I got into them over 20 years ago.

13 - The singles are some of the weakest songs but Trailer Park is the only real dud. Caramel is one of the best songs they've ever done.

Think Tank - This album is ridiculously uneven. Sweet Song, Ambulance, Out Of Time and Battery In Your Leg are all so perfect. Brothers & Sisters, Crazy Beat and Jets are some of the worst songs they've made.

The Great Escape - The ballads are what save this album for me. Best Days, The Universal, He Thought Of Cars and Yuko & Hiro are all beautiful. Entertain Me is great too with a brilliant bass line from Alex. I could definitely live without Top Man, Charmless Man and a couple of songs on the second half.

Blur - This sounded amazing at the time but has aged really badly. Beetlebum, Death Of A Party and Strange News From Another Star are the main keepers.

The Magic Whip - Four decent songs and a whole lot of filler. The songs would be better if Damon had bothered to come up with some interesting vocal melodies.

Leisure - Sing is the only song I go back to. I don't even really enjoy the singles.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:17 (one year ago) Permalink

This seriously boils down to either Modern Life Is Rubbish or Blur for me, and since the former falls off a little in the second half, I'll go with the latter.

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:45 (one year ago) Permalink

All of the rest are a mix of tracks that are either great or terrible, with the ratio of great-to-terrible tracks varying from LP to LP. Aside from Parklife, which has aged terribly.

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Modern Life Is Rubbish is one of my favourite albums of all time so that gets my vote.

MLIR > Parklife > Blur > TT > 13 > TMW > TGE > Leisure

I feel bad ranking Great Escape so low because The Universal is amazing and there are a couple of other really good songs but the rest of it ranges from OK to terrible.

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:06 (one year ago) Permalink

gonna vote for think tank bc i love that record most than i guess almost everyone

I would like it and the s/t about evenly were it not for "Crazy Beat" which really is just shit

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:07 (one year ago) Permalink

The Great Escape - The ballads are what save this album for me. Best Days, The Universal, He Thought Of Cars and Yuko & Hiro are all beautiful.

otm

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:08 (one year ago) Permalink

13 easily!

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:11 (one year ago) Permalink

Is vote for the singles collection if I could.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Those in between tracks made the album feel like the best kind of kaleidoscopic mess when I was a teenager

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I would like it and the s/t about evenly were it not for "Crazy Beat" which really is just shit

― a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, March 21, 2017 3:07 PM (thirty-five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

without "crazy beat" it's a great introverted funk record with gorgeous ballads so yes

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:44 (one year ago) Permalink

Ok, I've decided to vote for the self-titled album. Here's my ranking:

1. Blur - So many great tracks, from "Beetlebum" to "Strange News" to "On Your Own" to "MOR." Of all the Blur albums, this and "13" took the longest to grow on me. The hooks and melodies eventually sank in. From start to finish, their most complete and range-y.

2. 13 - Of all their albums, "13" feels the most of a single piece. I especially love how the back half segues and blends together in a melancholy fog. A couple songs are definitely skippable (ahem, "Swamp Song"), but some of the band's all-time highs are here: "No Distance Left to Run," "Coffee & TV," "Caramel."

3. Parklife - Catchy as hell, moves along quickly and joyfully. And my first exposure to Blur, as a 7th grader, when "Girls & Boys" hit modern rock radio.

4. Think Tank - It's despised in some quarters, but "Good Song," "On the Way to the Club," and "Battery in Your Leg" rival their best, earlier work. And "Ambulance" has some of Albarn's most powerful lyrics: "I was born out of love / It's the only way to come into this world / I know I'm not all there / But I'm getting, getting, getting there."

5. The Great Escape - Would rank higher if it wasn't so bloated and looooong. It loses its steam somewhere around "Ernold Same" but picks up again with the dynamite "Entertain Me." "Country House" won the Battle of Britpop? I would've gone with "The Universal."

6. Modern Life is Rubbish - It's all memorable and catchy, but for some reason it never sticks. Too thin and same-y. I only return to "Turn it Up" with some regularity. But I know many consider it their absolute best.

[big drop]

7. Leisure - The two big hits, "There's No Other Way" and "She's So High," are great. Would also give props to "I Know" and "Sing" (depending on which country you bought the album in). The rest is forgettable.

8. The Magic Whip - Someone said it best upthread... lots of filler surrounding a couple decent songs. And bands shouldn't take a decade off and come back. "Lonesome Street" is the highlight.

LimbsKing, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:54 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd have almost always gone with Parklife but I think the s/t is the only one that's aged anywhere close to gracefully

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:54 (one year ago) Permalink

I guess I'm in the minority, but I always found the sudden shift from "britpop Blur" to "we wanna be Pavement now" Blur very disturbing, and as a result really haven't enjoyed anything post-TGE

Wimmels, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:49 (one year ago) Permalink

13 is the only album that's not really uneven and is their best by a long way. Half of Think Tank is some of their very best but the other half is pretty forgettable. The Magic Whip is dreadful, reunion albums can be pretty risky but I was never expecting it to be as bad as it was.

13
Blur
Think Tank
Parklife
Modern Life is Rubbish
The Great Escape
Leisure
The Magic Whip

ufo, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:10 (one year ago) Permalink

13 is definitely uneven, probably one of their most uneven, I'd say. Assuming we're talking about the same 13 here, the one with 'Swamp Song' and 'Trailer Park' on it.

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:21 (one year ago) Permalink

my ranking

self-titled
13 tied with parklife
everything else

a but (brimstead), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:37 (one year ago) Permalink

"Trailer park" is excellent, I love it when Blur go trip-hop.

a but (brimstead), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:40 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't like "Clint Eastwood" though, even though it's got a similar groove as Trailer Park. TP has such a warm understated arrangement/production

a but (brimstead), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:44 (one year ago) Permalink

I... thought Magic Whip was great. So much beautiful detail in the arrangements. What's the correct number of years between albums?

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:16 (one year ago) Permalink

That might be a good topic for a new thread.. what's the longest span between two albums from a band that were actually decent on either end of the hiatus.

LimbsKing, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:32 (one year ago) Permalink

...rather, both ends of the hiatus

LimbsKing, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:33 (one year ago) Permalink

mbv, next

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, the MBV follow up wasn't a letdown

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:34 (one year ago) Permalink

The Magic Whip was especially disappointing because the two Parklife-esque tracks they did in 2012 were decent enough and there wasn't really a drop in quality from Blur to Gorillaz (though Everyday Robots was pretty awful and is closest to The Magic Whip)

ufo, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 03:10 (one year ago) Permalink

I'll take an EP of the best four or five songs on The Magic Whip over the entirety of Everyday Robots.

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 03:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Blur is funny for me, i own all their albums expect the one from last year and about 25 singles. loved them at the time but never have the desire to play them now. even when we were running the Blur poll i thought it would be a good time to listen all over again. i never did get around to it and ended up not submitting a ballot.

voting Modern Life.

To Live and Die In L.A. (Bee OK), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Parklife > Blur > Modern Life is Rubbish > The Great Escape > 13 > Think Tank > The Magic Whip

I've never bothered to listen to Leisure.

enochroot, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Think Tank is one of those albums would be perfect if only it weren't for a few utter crap songs like Crazy Beat

all the same remains my fave, gets my vote.and Out of Time is fantastic

niels, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:27 (one year ago) Permalink

This thread has made me pull out my Blur albums. Never realized how much "Mr. Robinson's Quango" sounds like Syd Barrett's "Octopus"

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:28 (one year ago) Permalink

never understood the love for parklife, i was quite disappointed when it came out. "modern life is rubbish" gets my vote, it hit me directly in the guts, there is an englishness to it i love. "13" is almost as good but it impressed me slightly less, maybe it was too close to prog-rock for my liking.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:31 (one year ago) Permalink

I like "The Magic Whip" would place it in the middle probably.

Having said that, I don't want any more.

Mark G, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 18:44 (one year ago) Permalink

never understood the love for parklife

― it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:31 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It might just be a case of first exposure to the band leaving the biggest impression, but Parklife seems to highlight their strengths. It has some of their best drone-y ballads ("This Is A Low", "To The End"), zany interstitials ("Lot 105", "Bank Holiday"), Kink-y slice of life songs ("Tracy Jacks", "End Of A Century"). As an album, it's fun and it gorgeous. Whenever someone says another band/song sounds like Blur, they're not talking about "13" or "Think Tank", they're talking about Parklife. Plus, "Girls & Boys" -- I could vote for it on that song alone.

enochroot, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, its 'one for all the family' innit?

Mark G, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:38 (one year ago) Permalink

A few new bands (The Electric Soft Parade being one) latched on nicely but yeah, it was definitely an outer-indie niche rather than a mainstream thing by 2002

Oh yeah Cmon Kids is definitely one of these

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:06 (one year ago) Permalink

ESP frontman told me it was his favourite album ever

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:08 (one year ago) Permalink

People often forget this, but even fucking Gomez were considered to part of that lot at one point. At the time people always focused on Ben Ottewell's voice and the bands supposed "blues" fixations, but I'd say their output from 1998-2002 mines a similar Beta Band type of territory, they just did it in a very lightweight way.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Although eventually they got bored of that approach, decided to start making straightforward pop/rock records, signed to Dave Matthews' label and decided to make a name for themselves on the American jam band scene, which is just ugh.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:21 (one year ago) Permalink

oh absolutely Gomez! In Our Gun maybe even qualifies

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, In Our Gun is the one that sticks out in my mind the most. Maybe a few things from Liquid Skin, Machismo and that Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline compilation, too.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 31 March 2017 00:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, I guess if it wasn't Blur then it had to be Modern Life is Rubbish. I wonder how many of those 18 people who voted for Parklife have actually listened to it recently.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 00:04 (one year ago) Permalink

The Magic Whip over The Great Escape is foolishness

Wimmels, Friday, 31 March 2017 00:11 (one year ago) Permalink

Eight of you. My fucking god. Although presumably 7 of them are NV socks

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Friday, 31 March 2017 00:16 (one year ago) Permalink

The Magic Whip over fucking Think Tank is foolishness!

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 00:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, those results seems about right to me! In fact, the results are pretty close to my own ranking, except for the self-titled one being lower and 13 being higher on the list (the latter of which I'd expected).

Inspired by this thread I listened to the Great Escape again last week, and I wasn't half as annoyed by it as I expected to be. I don't think it'll go up in my ranking, but I can still enjoy it. And the Universal is really really gorgeous.
'Dan Abnormal' might still be my least favourite Blur album track. And while 'Entertain Me' starts out great, I dislike the chorus.

Valentijn, Friday, 31 March 2017 07:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Remembered my password too late to vote but I would've gone for 13

bunny slopes, Friday, 31 March 2017 08:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Eight of you. My fucking god. Although presumably 7 of them are NV socks

the good half of TGE would've been my vote if I voted, the one track I remember hearing off Magic Whip has probably stopped me from ever listening to Blur ever again

which I'm fine with

so yeah obv I wd've spammed the vote for that tragedy, If I Did It

Django Chutney (Noodle Vague), Friday, 31 March 2017 08:43 (one year ago) Permalink

I never realised 13 was so popular - not just on here, I've found a few other 'rank the albums' things online where it's placed 2nd to Parklife. It's an album I admire and like in parts but I can see why people love it. The little instrumental bits between songs are good.

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 31 March 2017 09:06 (one year ago) Permalink

It's interesting to see this re-evaluation of 13. When it came out it was seen as a bit of a patchy mess of a record with very little through-line. It's still not a perfect record. Lots of nothingy tracks (don't like Trailerpark or 1992 very much), but it's also got some of their best songs. In retrospect it's maybe one of their most enjoyable records.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Friday, 31 March 2017 10:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I think Trailerpark is great, fwiw

Warren's Treat (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 31 March 2017 11:52 (one year ago) Permalink

and 1992. Where now for dog latin

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Friday, 31 March 2017 12:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Really surprised Great Escape is so low

Guess I have to give Magic Whip another shot

LimbsKing, Friday, 31 March 2017 12:46 (one year ago) Permalink

I still see 13 as a patchy mess, just it's a patchy mess that I like more now than I did in the late '90s. I wrote '1992' off at the time as being a lesser version of 'Sing', but now I find its use of noise compelling.

Damon should really stay the fuck away from using falsetto.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 15:56 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't know how much company I'll have, but expanded 13 also includes Music Is My Radar, which is actually one of my favorite non-album singles. Kind of Can, I guess. I was really excited when it came out, and then somewhat let down by Think Tank. The b-sides were pretty great as well.

dlp9001, Friday, 31 March 2017 16:02 (one year ago) Permalink

I hated 'Music Is My Radar' when it first came out, but now I prefer it to about half of 13.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 16:11 (one year ago) Permalink

I always hated how the British Leisure didn't have "I Know," and the US one didn't have "Sing."

LimbsKing, Saturday, 1 April 2017 05:44 (one year ago) Permalink

I bought 13 when I was 13. It was probably the turning point in my music listening habits. Prior to that purchase, my favorite album was Saturday Teenage Kick by Junkie XL. 13 will always be my favorite Blur album, warts and all.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 1 April 2017 14:00 (one year ago) Permalink

xp the US version didn't have Sing??
that's like the main reason for owning it

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Saturday, 1 April 2017 20:53 (one year ago) Permalink

'I Know' is fucking garbage.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Saturday, 1 April 2017 23:14 (one year ago) Permalink

13 belongs in the bracket of post-britpop millennial ambition with idk OK Computer, Six and other things I probably like too much

― an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 30 March 2017 20:41 (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm interested in expanding on this because I think there are probably some more really good examples of late-'90s psychedelic/proggy indie (the Gorky's thread revive got me thinking, as did listening to bands I'd previously ignored this past week like The Soundtrack of Our Lives and pre-Mobile Disco Simian). I think Clinic might fit in somewhere? Also I'm just fascinated by those between-scene eras that are often talked about as creative wastelands but never really are.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:55 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

think tank deserves better

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 October 2018 02:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Watching a dance floor clear in summer '03 when the duck call in "Crazy Beat" started has sullied my memory.

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 October 2018 02:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Think Tank is pretty great if you drop Crazy Beat, definitely top 3 for me

ufo, Thursday, 11 October 2018 03:16 (two months ago) Permalink

^^

niels, Thursday, 11 October 2018 07:00 (two months ago) Permalink

and with modern technology, you can drop crazy beat!

niels, Thursday, 11 October 2018 07:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Although I choose not to, because I enjoy the track and find it odd how it's always been singled out for criticism as if it's one of the worst things the band have done, which of course it isn't.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:09 (two months ago) Permalink

They did worse earlier.

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, there's a couple of things on Leisure that are worse, and some real stinkers among the b-sides.

Although, Blur were a far better b-sides band that they're generally given credit for.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:26 (two months ago) Permalink

*than

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Hmm, I'd go MLIR > Parklife > Blur > TGE > Leisure > TT > 13. I struggle to recall anything from the last two, and 13 in particular has so much flab, and really only three good songs.

dorsalstop, Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:27 (two months ago) Permalink

13 is the least dated

Ross, Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Blur and Modern Life is Rubbish are the two I find myself returning to the most. I like 13 more now than I did almost 20 years ago.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 12 October 2018 06:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I liked it better then, I think - it was my #17 album of the year. I imagine it would struggle to make the top 40 now, although the thought of having to listen to tons of 1999 music to find out is depressing. Maybe next year, after the inevitable Pitchfork article about how it was a pivotal year in popular music, uncoincidentally written by someone born in 1982.

dorsalstop, Friday, 12 October 2018 16:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Almost every album sparked the same contradictory emotions, you admired them, then you wanted to strangle them. It has to be Modern Life for Blue Jeans, don't you think? Out of Time is also damn near perfect.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Friday, 12 October 2018 20:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Some bands I like to name check,
And one of them is BLUR,
Classic songs with a long history
Southern boys just like you and me.
Be-El-You-Are
Flashback to 1991,
Leisure was their first LP
Later on came Modern Life
Mallard art, and titles to match:
Chemical World, Starshaped,
For Tomorrow, Blue Jeans,
Kazoo kazoo you are mine,
Oily Water was my least favourite song,
Oily Water was my least favourite song.

dorsalstop, Friday, 12 October 2018 23:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Taken from the Blur tracks poll I did in 2011 - not votes for albums, but aggregating the votes for tracks to the albums they came from:

1. Parklife (2,786)
2. Modern Life Is Rubbish (1,808)
3. Non-album tracks (1,535)
4. Blur (1,491)
5. Great Escape (1,341)
6. Thinktank (1,221)
7. Thirteen (1,174)
8. Leisure (738)

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 12 October 2018 23:39 (two months ago) Permalink

If you swap #1 and #7 the results of the poll may be just about right. As an album Modern Life Is Rubbish is the most cohesive though.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 13 October 2018 17:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Of course I refer to the aggregated tracks results.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 13 October 2018 17:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Parklife was always a stronger end-to-end listen compared to Modern Life is Rubbish, which I always felt outstayed its welcome by a few tracks (it seems to fall off a little after 'Oily Water' for me) ... Nowadays, I'm far more likely to listen to Modern Life is Rubbish over Parklife, which feels like it's aged quite badly.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:29 (two months ago) Permalink

I mean, I don't want to say Parklife sounds dated, but it is strongly evocative of a very specific time which is at odds with now.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:30 (two months ago) Permalink

I always found Parklife a big drop-off after Modern Life Is Rubbish. Girls & Boys is such a crap song, I found it ridiculous the first time I heard it just when it had come out and the whole album was such a mixed bag and not really holding together.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 14 October 2018 11:47 (two months ago) Permalink

This is crazy talk afaic - "Girls & Boys" is one of their standout tracks, and Parklife is pretty much their most cohesive album. I do agree with Turrican that it is too much of its time for it to resonate with current tastes, and I doubt I'll have the desire to listen to it again some time soon. (I do in fact think it also sounds "dated", but I've never understood why that's such a pejorative. Revolver sounds dated, Thriller and Bandwagonesque sound dated, "In da Club" sounds dated. So what?)

dorsalstop, Sunday, 14 October 2018 12:56 (two months ago) Permalink


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