The Great Escape

Blur - The Great Escape
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1995 Ratings: #98 / 445
User Score
Based on 219 ratings
1995 Ratings: #50
Liked by 6 people
September 11, 1995 / Release Date
LP / Format
Food/Virgin / Label
Britpop / Genres / Website
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The Greatest Escape isn't just a random title, it's a statement from the band to escape the mundane, boring and smoggy lives of everyday life and do something more fun, more fresh, more exciting. And in making this statement, Blur deliver one of their more fresh albums with a potent and timeless message.

Favorite Jams: The Universal, Globe Alone, Country House

Lest Favorites: Stereotyoes
The Great Escape is far from an escape from the sound of their previous album, Parklife, but it is certainly a freeing album in which the group took their established sound, expanding it and making it even grander in scope. The instrumentation on Parklife was certainly beginning to show some flashes of greatness, but The Great Escape is a huge album with horn sections and almost reggae guitar rhythms on a song like Fade Away, or orchestral arrangements with big string sections on a song like ... read more

Thanks to TheBravesDH for the recommendation!

I cannot stress enough how fun these albums actually are, like, again, there's never a dull moment, everywhere you look on the tracklist, there are highlights, and even with the weaker songs they still sound sweet. I actually don't think this is better than Parklife, I don't know how many people will agree with me on that one, but the first 10 tracks murder.

Best: Charmless Man

Weakest: Dan Abnormal
Parklife, Vol. 2
Another underrated gem
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Track List

  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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Added on: July 30, 2012