When 'Parklife' came out in 1994 I didn’t give it a chance. Sure, I danced to ‘Boys and Girls’ in the privacy of my basement when the video came on, but I was way too dark and edgy to allow myself to go out and listen to the whole album. Oasis were the clear kings of Britpop to me because they had the rock anthems and “edginess” that spoke to us then. As the years went on, I grew to appreciate Blur more and more, especially this album.
Like all projects that Damon Albarn is attached to (or Graham Coxon for that matter, as he wrote much of the band's music), 'Parklife' is inconsistent due to its refusal to stick with one style, but it hits the mark far more often than it misses.