By Rob Brunner
Updated December 01, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

With a mediocre debut, a series of contrived makeovers, and a high-profile beef with Oasis, Blur have always seemed a little silly to inattentive Americans. Nonetheless, the band has quietly crafted some of the best singles of the ’90s, most of which are included on the double disc The Best Of Blur (along with one inscrutable new tune). From the early ”She’s So High” through Brit pop staples like ”Country House” and later triumphs (the heartbreaking ”No Distance Left to Run”), Blur’s best is a lot better than many people on these shores realize. A-