Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in conjunction with their 2009 reunion, the double-disc career retrospective Midlife emphasizes Blur's early psychedelic grind -- halfway between Syd Barrett and shoegazing -- along with their post-Brit-pop indie makeover, giving somewhat short shrift to the band's pop prime, cutting out four of the band's big hits "There's No Other Way," "Country House," "End of the Century," and "Charmless Man" in favor of album tracks that play into the thesis that Blur were as somber and serious a guitar band as Radiohead. Of course, Blur did rival Radiohead, recording some of the greatest guitar rock of the '90s, but that was only one facet of the band: they were ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in conjunction with their 2009 reunion, the double-disc career retrospective Midlife emphasizes Blur's early psychedelic grind -- halfway between Syd Barrett and shoegazing -- along with their post-Brit-pop indie makeover, giving somewhat short shrift to the band's pop prime, cutting out four of the band's big hits "There's No Other Way," "Country House," "End of the Century," and "Charmless Man" in favor of album tracks that play into the thesis that Blur were as somber and serious a guitar band as Radiohead. Of course, Blur did rival Radiohead, recording some of the greatest guitar rock of the '90s, but that was only one facet of the band: they were also a bright, artful pop band, cleverly twisting '60s traditions and post-punk styles into the present. Elements of this Blur are evident in "Girls & Boys" and "Parklife," hits so big they couldn't be ignored, and while Midlife could have used a heavier dose of this side of Blur, there's not a bad track here, and the set also brings their glorious, epoch-creating single "Popscene" back into circulation, so Midlife has some considerable value.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 603497912025
  • Catalog Number: 791202
  • Sales rank: 328,575

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beetlebum (5:05)
  2. 2 Girls and Boys (4:19)
  3. 3 For Tomorrow (6:01)
  4. 4 Coffee and TV (5:18)
  5. 5 Out of Time (3:53)
  6. 6 Blue Jeans (3:53)
  7. 7 Song 2 (2:01)
  8. 8 Bugman (4:51)
  9. 9 He Thought of Cars (4:16)
  10. 10 Death of a Party (4:15)
  11. 11 The Universal (4:00)
  12. 12 Sing (6:01)
  13. 13 This Is a Low (5:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tender (7:41)
  2. 2 She's So High (3:50)
  3. 3 Chemical World (3:53)
  4. 4 Good Song (3:07)
  5. 5 Parklife (3:07)
  6. 6 Advert (3:44)
  7. 7 Popscene (3:15)
  8. 8 Stereotypes (3:12)
  9. 9 Trimm Trabb (5:36)
  10. 10 Bad Head (3:28)
  11. 11 Strange News from Another Star (4:03)
  12. 12 Battery in Your Leg (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blur Primary Artist
Phil Daniels Vocals, Guest Appearance
London Community Gospel Choir Choir, Chorus
Groupe Regional du Marrakech Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
William Orbit Producer, Engineer
Steve Power Producer
Steve Lovell Producer
Dave Rowntree Composer
Damian leGassick Digital Editing
Ben Hillier Producer, Engineer
Sean Spuehler Digital Editing
Jason Cox Engineer
John Smith Engineer
James Richard Oliver Artwork
James Dring Programming, Engineer
Desyud Mustafa Arranger
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