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Great Escape


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 12 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000WA2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stereotypes
2. Country House
3. Best Days
4. Charmless Man
5. Fade Away
6. Top Man
7. The Universal
8. Mr. Robinson's Quango
9. He Thought Of Cars
10. It Could Be You
11. Ernold Same
12. Globe Alone
13. Dan Abnormal
14. Entertain Me
15. Yuko & Hiro


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By B on July 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
In 1993, Blur reinvented themselves as brit-pop stars with the brilliant "Modern Life is Rubbish" (a much needed reinvention after 1991's somewhat boring Stone Roses-pastiche, "Leisure"). Then, 1994 saw the release of their critically acclaimed classic, "Parklife", which brought even more diversity to the brit-pop sound (I actually prefer "Modern Life..", but both are great). Finally, in 1995, they released "The Great Escape", their third and final brit-pop album (their next album was another reinvention, this time a more lo-fi/indie sound). It doesn't really cover any new ground, but the songwriting is just as strong, if not stronger, then the previous two releases. Unfortunately, there's some filler towards the end that bogs the album down a bit, but not too much to fuss about.
It should also be noted that whereas "Parklife" was a rather celebratory album about the working class, "The Great Escape" is the flipside: a rather depressing look at the white collar crowd. The music is still largely upbeat though, so it masks much of the depressing lyrics.
1. Stereotypes
Tell me that intro doesn't remind you of early XTC. A strong opening (better than the much overrated "Girls & Boys"). Catchy pop with a little bit of punk mixed in.
2. Country House
The big single from this album - it beat out Oasis in their much heated battle (but Oasis ultimately triumphed over Blur as "What's the Story Morning Glory" was pretty much a phenomenon. Oh well, I still think they suck). Extremely catchy and playful to the point where it borders on being a novelty song. But it's still one of their best pure pop songs.
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By Greg on June 22 2004
Format: Audio CD
My favorite albums are the ones that have themes/messages/moods with which I can identify. On this album, Blur explores the despair and loneliness of the white collar scene, a group which appears happy and prosperous but suffers thru as much anxiety and unfulfillment as anyone else (albiet the nature of the suffering is different from worrying about paying the bills on time or whether or not there will be enough $$$ to put food on the table). This one definitely falls into that category, because I am a member of the white collar crowd, working a job that pays well and requires long hours but is ultimately unsatisfying. Even the production style plays a part in conveying this theme- the sound is very full and glossy but hides lyrics of sadness and lonliness. I wonder how Damon Albarn was able to capture this sentiment so accurately when I don't think he has ever had a real job;) Also, the playing is great as always, Graham Coxon is a terrific guitar player in particular. He always knows the appropriate note/riff/chord to play in order to achieve maximum emotion and drama. Anyway, I think music should inspire emotions in the listener, whether positive or negative, and this album definitely succeeds on that front.
Also, I admire Blur for being a band that is not afraid to explore new themes, try new styles, defy expectations, and take risks. They do all of these things on every album, and more often than not succeed in making very dramatic and satisfying art. This album falls into this classification. There are a few missteps but in general it is powerful stuff.
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Format: Audio CD
....but it doesn't deserve it. When The Great Escape was released in 1995, it was hailed as the defining English record of the mid-1990's. However, when it became fashionable to adulate Oasis's brand of moronic, derivative pub-rock, it also became fashionable to trash intelligent, original music and this album bore the brunt of that. Although it's certainly much darker and demented than Parklife, it's all about the songs...Stereotypes, Best Days, He Thought of Cars, Yuko and Hiro, and the amazing The Universal. A great album that and the end of Blur's all-English phase.
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By gonn1000 on April 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
A solid and appealing piece of britpop, "The Great Escape" is not Blur`s best album to date, yet it offers a compelling set of worthwile pop songs. As usual, this release presents catchy and effective tunes with ironic, clever and witty lyrics, alongside Damon Albarn`s peculiar and addictive voice. There are a couple of memorable hits to find here, like the overplayed "Country House", the dead-on "Stereotypes", the smart "Charmless Man" or the gorgeous "The Universal", certainly one of Blur`s best songs ever. An interesting meld of alternative and mainstream sounds, "The Great Escape" is a notable effort that deserves some attention, even if some of its moments are a tad too dated already. Overall, this is a strong and convincing record that brings the mid-nineties to mind.
An enjoyable effort.
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Format: Audio CD
With an aural depth only hinted at in prior releases ( and sadly subsequent ones), Blur took the themes of modern life is rubbish and parklife and gave them a darker edge. All the while the hooks shimmer with a pop perfection that is rare in contemporary music. This album is for Blur what Abbey Road is to the Beatles. Perhaps not the best batch of songs they ever wrote (although not far behind Parklife in that regard) it is their most polished production. Dated? I think not. This album stands the test of time which is what separates art from trendy fluff. The pacing and flow are impecable with the right number of rockers, midtempo popsongs, and slow ballads. The sounds are varied and original. Blur has always had a knack for amalgamating their infuences into something fresh and original with a classic feel. The Beatles are in there as is Bowie, Kinks, XTC and lots of others. In the end it is Blur. A great album from a once great band. I wish they could make another one this good.
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