Parklife

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Modern Life Is Rubbish established Blur as the heir to the archly British pop of the Kinks, the Small Faces, and the Jam, but its follow-up, Parklife, revealed the depth of that transformation. Relying more heavily on Ray Davies' seriocomic social commentary, as well as new wave, Parklife runs through the entire history of post-British Invasion Britpop in the course of 16 songs, touching on psychedelia, synth pop, disco, punk, and music hall along the way. Damon Albarn intended these songs to form a sketch of British life in the mid-'90s, and it's startling how close he came to his goal; not only did the bouncy, disco-fied "Girls & Boys" and singalong chant ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Modern Life Is Rubbish established Blur as the heir to the archly British pop of the Kinks, the Small Faces, and the Jam, but its follow-up, Parklife, revealed the depth of that transformation. Relying more heavily on Ray Davies' seriocomic social commentary, as well as new wave, Parklife runs through the entire history of post-British Invasion Britpop in the course of 16 songs, touching on psychedelia, synth pop, disco, punk, and music hall along the way. Damon Albarn intended these songs to form a sketch of British life in the mid-'90s, and it's startling how close he came to his goal; not only did the bouncy, disco-fied "Girls & Boys" and singalong chant "Parklife" become anthems in the U.K., but they inaugurated a new era of Brit-pop and lad culture, where British youth celebrated their country and traditions. The legions of jangly, melodic bands that followed in the wake of Parklife revealed how much more complex Blur's vision was. Not only was their music precisely detailed -- sound effects and brilliant guitar lines pop up all over the record -- but the melodies elegantly interweaved with the chords, as in the graceful, heartbreaking "Badhead." Surprisingly, Albarn, for all of his cold, dispassionate wit, demonstrates compassion that gives these songs three dimensions, as on the pathos-laden "End of a Century," the melancholy Walker Brothers tribute "To the End," and the swirling, epic closer, "This Is a Low." For all of its celebration of tradition, Parklife is a thoroughly modern record in that it bends genres and is self-referential the mod anthem of the title track is voiced by none other than Phil Daniels, the star of Quadrophenia. And, by tying the past and the present together, Blur articulated the mid-'90s Zeitgeist and produced an epoch-defining record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/1994
  • Label: Wb / Parlophone
  • UPC: 724382919421
  • Catalog Number: 291944
  • Sales rank: 55,791

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Girls & Boys (4:51)
  2. 2 Tracy Jacks (4:20)
  3. 3 End of a Century (2:45)
  4. 4 Parklife (3:05)
  5. 5 Bank Holiday (1:42)
  6. 6 Badhead (3:25)
  7. 7 The Debt Collector (2:10)
  8. 8 Far Out (1:41)
  9. 9 To the End (4:05)
  10. 10 London Loves (4:15)
  11. 11 Trouble in the Message Centre (4:09)
  12. 12 Clover over Dover (3:22)
  13. 13 Magic America (3:38)
  14. 14 Jubilee (2:47)
  15. 15 This Is a Low (5:07)
  16. 16 Lot 105 (1:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blur Primary Artist
Phil Daniels Trombone, Horn, Narrator
Damon Albarn Synthesizer, Strings, Harpsichord, Hammond Organ, Recorder, Vocals, Background Vocals, Melodica, Moog Synthesizer, Vibes
Simon Clarke Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Graham Coxon Acoustic Guitar, Clarinet, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Edwards Trombone
Louise Fuller Violin
Stephen Hague Piano
Alex James Guitar, Vocals, Noise
Roddy Lorimer Trombone
Ivan McCready Cello
John Metcalfe Viola
Leo Payne Strings
Mark Pharoah Violin
Chris Pitsillides Strings
Audrey Riley Strings
Dave Rowntree Percussion, Drums, Noise, Crowd Noise
Laetitia Sadier Vocals
Tim Sanders Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Stephen Street Keyboards
Far Out Bass Guitar, Crowd Noise
Christopher Tombling Strings
Rick Koster Violin
Technical Credits
Damon Albarn Programming
Kevin Godley Director
Stephen Hague Producer, Engineer
John Metcalfe Arranger
Dave Rowntree Programming
Stephen Street Programming, Sound Effects, Producer, Contributor
John Smith Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Classic and Unique

    Very creative... not quite like anything else. One of my favorite Britpop albums.

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