49. Blur – Parklife (1994)
1. Girls & Boys
2. Tracy Jacks
3. End of a Century
4. Parklife (featuring Phil Daniels)
5. Bank Holiday
7. The Debt Collector
8. Far Out
9. To the End
10. London Loves
11. Trouble in the Message Centre
12. Clover Over Dover
13. Magic America
15. This Is a Low
16. Lot 105
Who is/are Blur?
Having done Wikipedia and Twitter, we head to Facebook; “Musician/Band”.
Thanks Facebook, thanks.
Why did you buy this album?
Another of my wife’s CDs. This copy replaced the, shall we say, unofficial copy given to her by a classmate in the 90s, though she doesn’t know when.
Like the first two albums, ‘Parklife‘ passed me by when it was released, other than hearing the eponymous single everywhere (I even performed all the vocals for a friend’s mock-GCSE performance). Not sure exactly what I was listening to at the time, but later in the year R.E.M.’s ‘Monster‘ would come out and change my musical view, but we’ll save that story for another day.
What’s it like?
It’s the natural development of the themes and sound first presented in ‘Modern Life is Rubbish‘, though now with bigger production values, bigger choruses, and guaranteed singles. It widely considered one of the best albums of 1994 (I prefer Weezer’s ‘Weezer‘ and R.E.M.’s ‘Monster‘ myself), and is also cited as one of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die‘.
After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?
Mostly. Breaking with my habit of finding the opening track to often be the best on an album, I cannot stand ‘Girls & Boys‘, despite Alex James’s fantastic bass playing.
Fortunately, the rest of the album picks up from there, and it’s an enjoyable listen. This is essentially Blur doing what they did best.
Any stand-out tracks?
I don’t really have a favourite track on this album, though I am quite fond of ‘Jubilee‘ and ‘This Is A Low‘. Notable mentions also go to ‘Magic America‘ and ‘End of a Century‘.
Rating out of 10?
Next up: Blur – The Great Escape