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Parklife [Import]

Blur Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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Although Blur had long been recognised as one of the premier bands responsible for the reinvigoration of Britpop in the 1990s, it's 1994's Parklife that truly provided the template for the entire movement. At a time when Oasis were aping the sounds of their pub-rock heroes on Definitely Maybe, Blur drew from the legacy of the Kinks and Small Faces to create an album that's as English as a rainy Sunday in front of the gas fire. Parklife is full of songs that, quite frankly, don't make much sense outside of the British Isles, songs that find joy in the mundane, like "Girls & Boys" (a song about working-class holidaymakers in the sun) and "Parklife" (a day in the life of a cheeky, unemployed bench-sitter). Witty, ironic and irreverent, Parklife remains one of those rare albums that sum up a specific place and time (Britain in the mid-1990s). For that reason alone, it can be considered one of Blur's finest albums. --Robert Burrow

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too loud... Sept. 15 2012
By Pauly G
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Pressed on quiet heavy weight vinyl with a great quality cover. Unfortunately, it sounds like the remaster suffers from the "loudness war". This results in a louder pressing but with less detail. This really defeats the purpose of being an audiophile pressing. : (
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4.0 out of 5 stars gotta get the 17-track album!! Sept. 20 2011
Format:Audio CD
One of the most melodic albums Out There! my fave tracks are 16. Lot 105 17. Boys & Girls (Pet shop boys --ReMix!) tracy jacks is grand! and songs like 'Clover Dover' are in good brit cheer. If you want a good cd~period.This is the one!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but... May 20 2011
Format:Audio CD
after several listens this cd seems overstated, i's a good cd for sure but not the CLASSIC that some music critique have said.

René
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4.0 out of 5 stars awesome July 26 2008
Format:Audio CD
Americans still have difficulty understanding the impact and importance of this record. The Labor party manipulated Damon Albarn into a political icon, inviting him with Noel Gallagher to 10 Downing. Even as a drunk, coked tart Albarn had the sense to turn down the offer. Despite his public ego, Albarn has always been keenly self-aware and subtly self-deprecating-- essentially British. Parklife's facade sounded royally appointed and funded, sophisticated and ornate, overlying sharpened satire. This dynamic keeps the album eternally fresh. New, young ears can marvel at Graham Coxon's guitar molding post-punk into mellifluous melody. Old listeners settle into the harmonies and Naugahyde nostalgia. In an era of one-dimensional emotion, Parklife set itself uninvited at the classic album table, nicking from every china plate and bottled beer.
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By Sakos
Format:Audio CD
1994's Parklife saw Blur reach the dizzyinig heights of the 1990's that the Beatles saw in the '60's. Parklife is the quintessentail 1990's British rock album, taking the Englishness of Modern Life is Rubbish to it's perfect apex. This album is literally just about flawless, including such landmark tracks as Girls and Boys, Tracy Jacks, London Loves, Trouble in the Message Centre, and the awe-inspiring This is a Low. Although Blur changed their approach with their 1997 self-titled album, this one is hard to beat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good June 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great Britpop album from a consistantly brilliant band. It isn't however the best Britpop album of the 90's. That would be Pulp's unrivalled masterpiece Different Class. That album is in a class of it's own. And Parklife isn't the best British album of the 90's either (ok computer OF COURSE!). Get this, by all means get this straight away- it will actually make your life better- but get Different Class( and OK Computer OF COURSE!) first.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's not Radiohead, but...... June 2 2004
By aminor7
Format:Audio CD
There's good songwriting and a lot of talent here, but I guess it's just not my cup of tea. Somehow, it just doesn't work, and isn't a pleasant listening experience for me at all. Radiohead is one of my all time favorites, and this just doesn't compare. I'm not saying everything has to sound like Radiohead (thank heavens it doesn't), but like RH I'll give this album several listens to see if my opinion of it doesn't change. Right now, to my unaccustomed ears, it sounds like Clash meets Duran Duran with some late Beatles thrown in. Maybe a bit too much "British pride" for me. If you like that kind of thing, then by all means get this album. I will end by saying it's better than 90% of the music being made today,, having good composition, arrangement, and songwriting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A trendsetting album with great music... May 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Arguably one of the most revolutionary bands of all time, Blur's album "Parklife" is one of the most revolutionary albums of all time. Ushering in the Britpop style, "Parklife" is full of the upbeat music that makes Britpop what it is, yet it also includes a few ballads and deeper songs that round out the album well. While utilizing the typical rock-band instruments, Blur also makes use of a wide variety of other instruments, including trumpets, trombones, several saxophones and stringed instruments, and even a harpsichord. With tight music that has been brilliantly composed, Blur's third effort is a complex look at suburban life and is very much worth a listen.
Personally, I had bought this CD back in 1994, and I still can't get enough of it; every song is great. Out of my more than 500 CD's, I have listened to "Parklife" more than any other by far.
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