The Great Escape review by Blur

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  • Released: Sep 11, 1995
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (16 votes)
Blur: The Great Escape

Sound — 8
Blur's Great Escape was released one month before Oasis's classic Whats The Story album. This was the album regarded as the best ever to come out for 30 years in Britain, and turned to worst within the year. Apart from that, this is Blur's last true "britpop" album and is acually pretty good, and could be said the album from where Parklife left off. The album spawned the singles, Stereotypes, Country House, Charmless Man and The Universal. Other stand out tracks include Top Man, He Thought Of Cars, It Could Be You, Globe Alone and Entertain Me. The rest seem to be fillers and are rather dull, especially Ernold Same, which seems to be a tedious sounding parklife.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics capture the typical british life, much like with Parklife and Modern Life Is Rubbish. The lyrics are also memorable and amusing. Damons voice is on top form here.

Overall Impression — 8
From Blur's 3 britpop albums, this would come a close second. After this album blur moved on to a more creative, grown up approach to their albums. The album holds some great tunes, especially the annoying yet lovable Country House. Its a shame that some of the B-sides didn't replace some of the lesser songs on this album.

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    A nice album, not a single song is bad or out of place (althogh Ernold Same is an interlude) the problem is its just another Britpop album from blur, its not short of ideas by any means but its more of the same none the less.
    I really like this one a lot. After "Parklife" Blur really took off. "He Thought of Cars" is my favorite. great review!