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|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|
Re-release of blur's the great escape-now available at budget. Classic album from 1995 featuring the hit songs the universal, charmless man and country house. Beyond british and sensationally sociological, blur and singer/songwriter damon albarn weave tales of stifling middle class ennui into clever pop vignettes. The great escape is another demonstration of blur's unique intelligence, more of albarn's witty commentary, and substantial proof that the group may be bordering on genius. As usual, albarn's senses are keen on the great escape. His ear for melody and sound textures shines throughout the album's fifteen brilliant tracks. The ska horns and spy soundtrack guitar riffing on 'fadeaway' exemplify blur's knack for pop music, yet elevate thesong beyond simple genre-fication, with a dignity reserved for the orchestra pit.
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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.
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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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.
Out of all the Blur albums to date, this one is the best written. Damon's lyrics really make these characters leap out of your speakers. You can imagine what they are like, and how they live their lives, their strengths, but more often than not, their weaknesses.
Like Parklife, this is more larger than life Britpop, but it has more of a mid 90s feel, with a lot of mid 90s synths, mid 90s effects and mid 90s production (which sounds like it costed a lot of money). This is both a bad thing and a good thing. Bad, because it makes it sound dated but good because it has nostalgic value. This music can take you right back to the mid 1990s if you let it, particularly if you are British. (Where were you when you first heard "Country House"?) There is a lot more brass (like on "Fade Away" and "Mr Robinson's Quango"), some semi-electronica ("TOPMAN", "Yuko and Hiro") and even a hint of the lo-fi sounds that would take over on Blurs self titled album. It's subtle, but even here you can hear it sneaking in on tracks like "Globe Alone" and "He Thought of Cars".
Most of the tracks are clever, dancable, and catchy, and are more than worth what you pay for this disc. However, there is some real crap on here. "Dan Abnormal" seems really unenthusiastically played and written, and "Entertain Me" is an uninspired rehash of Parklife's "Girls and Boys".Read more ›
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To be honest, this album is barely five stars. But, great theme,great creativity lots of hits including the universal, charmless man and it ends with a cool comp called 'Yuko &... Read morePublished 11 months ago by marketminutdave
....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. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Sakos
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. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by gonn1000
The two additional tracks on this import are: "Ultranol" and "No Monster In Me." Both of these tracks are available on the CD1 single for "The Universal.Published on Dec 21 2003 by A. Seuthe
There is a slightly sentimental nerve in this music, very strong arrangements, thoughtful and funny lyrics "... Read morePublished on April 10 2003 by Casper Paludan
This album is a mixture of britpop with songs like charmless man and country house but some of the album seems to be exploring other types of music with songs like yuko & hiro. Read morePublished on March 30 2003
Blur's follow-up to 'Parklife', this disc continues the band's ironic lyricplay concerning the empty, repetitive state of modern life in Britain. Read morePublished on March 10 2003 by Sandro Battaglia
This cd is absolutely brilliant. Among good songs on it there are "Charmless Man"(which is my all-time favourite song and definately Blur's best song), "Country House", "Mr. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002 by Jonas