Blur – Parklife (1994)
I plan on saving my top 10 albums for albums #992-1001.
Parklife is close, probably top 25 material, so I suppose it’s ok to review it now. 🙂
It’s my 2nd favourite Blur (behind the self-titled 1997 effort) and when discussing beloved albums, I struggle with brevity!
So I will try to allow a homemade jpeg to tell most of the story.
I’ll divide Parklife‘s 16 tracks into 4 categories:
1. Bizarre – Blur wrote some quirky tunes, this album has its fair share.
2. Bread & Butter – When you think Brit-pop, these are textbook Brit-pop Blur ditties.
3. ‘Bove Average – Great tunes, would be career highlights for more ordinary groups
4. Brilliance – Your patience is requested while I gush about these 4 gems!
Girls & Boys is a terrific single. Instantly catchy with the sing-a-long chorus, bouncing bassline & distinct guitar effects.
The lyrics to End of a Century include the line: “End of a Century, oh, it’s nothing special.” To quote Dwight Schrute, False. End of a Century (the song), oh, it’s something special.
The delightful title track would be the best song here were it not for Clover Over Dover.
Graham Coxon’s guitar lines complement Damon Albarn’s harpsichord perfectly, the ahh-ahhs, the seaside sounds, Stephen Street’s perfect production, Clover Over Dover is nothing less than a remarkable piece of work.
The individual strength of the song might actually be my only complaint about the album. Though I quite enjoy the cheeky Magic America & upbeat Jubilee that follow it in the running order, I want to rewind track #12 and hear it again!
And that’s the best complaint I can muster.