The Great Escape

Release date
11 Sep 2006
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Stereotypes 3:10 131,455
2 Country House 3:57 421,472
3 Best Days 4:49 90,770
4 Charmless Man 3:31 332,576
5 Fade Away 4:19 81,014
6 Top Man 4:01 78,527
7 The Universal 3:58 381,912
8 Mr Robinson's Quango 4:02 11,861
9 He Thought of Cars 4:16 99,474
10 It Could Be You 3:14 81,564
11 Ernold Same 2:07 71,461
12 Globe Alone 2:23 76,110
13 Dan Abnormal 3:24 71,412
14 Entertain Me 4:18 73,724
15 Yoku And Hiro 5:23 4,752

About this album

The Great Escape is the fourth album by English alternative rock band Blur, released on 11 September 1995 on Food/Virgin. The album received glowing reviews and was a big seller on its initial release, reaching number one in the United Kingdom album chart (outselling the rest of the Top 10 put together) and was their first to crack the US charts reaching number 150. Less than a year after the album was released, it was certified triple platinum in the UK.

The album continued the band’s run of hit singles, with “Country House”, “The Universal”, “Stereotypes” and “Charmless Man”. “Country House” was Blur’s first single to chart at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart, beating Oasis’ “Roll with It”, in a chart battle dubbed “The Battle of Britpop”.

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  • SimonePerrota

    A very good album but I can see why Albarn isn't particularly fond of it. Take away the brilliant highlights (most of which occur very early on) and it's perhaps Blur's least inspired effort... not their most engaging compositions musically.

    20 May 10:05pm Reply
  • mattmacneil

    Not bad, slowly growing on me, but must've been a big disappointment coming after Parklife.

    14 May 2:04am Reply
  • CousinEarl

    Very overrated.

    17 May 2014 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Parklife is superior.

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • DefenceMan

    maybe this is the best Blur album !

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • mydesperateicon

    my fave Blur album since its release... so dumb and twisted

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • JoaoOliveira15

    I'm completely in love with this album.

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • UnRagazzoAdam

    'The Great Escape' na Popvictims:

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    You can't really talk about Blur's britpops albums being underrated, especially with such an inconsistent record like this one [2]

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • kallekk

    Love this album. Blur's best IMO

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • JustBreathe94

    You can't really talk about Blur's britpops albums being underrated, especially with such an inconsistent record like this one

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Actually, FOUR top 10 singles from this album. Even more successful than I remembered.

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    People throw around the word "underrated" to feel good about their odd (bad?) tastes, but this album was a massive commercial success in 1995: it went straight into the UK charts at no.1; it landed Blur their infamous victory over Oasis with Country House; it was adored by NME, Melody Maker, Q and every other magazine (which meant a lot more in the pre-net era); it was ALL over the British media during the height of Britpop; it provided Blur with three top 10 singles. In other words, anyone who considers it "underrated" is either ignorant or downright bonkers. The general consensus is that this album is largely overrated -- people wanted to love it so much at the time that they just ignored its blatant flaws (as they did with with every Oasis album until Britpop overstayed its welcome).

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • DamienAThornton

    my favorite

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Fishboxen

    Has to be one of the top Blur albums, surely? Definitely better than the bombast of Parklife, that much is obvious, now it's a toss-up between Blur (eponymous) and Think Tank. Looking back, this album is a lot more melancholic than at first experienced (as discussed below), I'm sure it's a real 'grower'; for a newer fan. Much as one has to look past 'Song 2', one must look past 'Country House'..

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Superb album.

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • yaxartes_river

    I've got weird feeling about this album. I adore some of the songs (esp. He Thought Of Cars and The Universal) and totally dislike other (like Country House or Entertain Me).

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • brackleysean

    best album by a mile

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Lilywhite86

    Interesting that the album has very positive professional reviews while the fans don't like it that much, they prefer MLIR or Blur, or 13 more. I think the Great Escape is a gem; it sounds more obscure than Parklife, almost the whole album is about being lonely, it is often melancholic...I think musically and lyrically it's a brilliant work. It reminds me often of Genesis' brilliant prog rock gem, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. It's as good as MLIR, it's different, you just can't compare the two.

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • borgy

    By far their best work. [2]

    6 Dec 2011 Reply
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