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The S*n has the artwork supposedly.
If that happens to be what it is...
but Damon's excuse about them not making an album in Hong Kong because the hotel was too far from the studio did always seem a little weird, if not totally unbelievable.
I think they always said the main problem with doing a new album would be all the pressure, so if they've could bash it out on the quiet I don't see why they wouldn't.
Certainly would be correct as per Sun article that Think Tank did come out in the previous Year of the Goat.
But I still think Under the Westway from a few years back ranks up there with their best songs, so I'm cautiously optimistic about this if it turns out to be true. Although Everyday Robots was pants.
would be in my Top 20 Blur tracks. so.. yeah. let's hope they've still 'got it'.
Magic Whip is the title supposedly..
press conference between noon and 2.00...
Of high prices
Got the gist. New album, playing Hyde Park June 20th - tickets £2.50.
to the Daily Mirror, they are also headlining Hyde Park again for British Summer time.
.... but Coxon. <3
Factor in Damon Albarn being our generation's Sting, and it's a no from me.
I thought they were advertising it as their first album as a four-piece in 16 years
this ain't Think Tank, Doofus!
cool. girlfriend is stoked. erm i just listened to the self titled again, good that innit
such a great album, probably their best.
I like how it sounds so much like Pavement but has lots of electronics which Pavement never used. Proved they could have sounded OK with them!
in an attempt to do something different from everything else they've done.
Really like Go Out, can't wait for the album!
which whets the appetite in more ways than one.
fancy an ice-cream now
sounds like a song from between Modern Life and Parklife eras.
It's got the stripped back almost restrained feeling on Think Tank, the kind of short grungy stoned wobbly Blur sound and a little bit of that foggy hazy soundscape thing from 13.
is has all the Oh-Uh-Oh's in it, and has that rolling/jerky motion.
the fuzz guitar at the end is pretty 13 though, yeah.
so, it sounds like every album other than Blur then? Consensus!
I dunno it doesn't have the scrappy youth of the first load of albums. This is defo old dude blur. It's alright though.
however the song structure and rhythm is almost like something from the Great Escape and made me think of tracks like Entertain Me.
thought the new song was crap at first but it's actually quite good. It basically sounds like a Blur album track which is no bad thing. But it's all gonna depend on how good the ballads are, obviously.
Also, hope a proper UK tour is announced soon, Hyde Park is hell.
and not just a bunch of festivals. Would love to see them play the Barrowlands again!
Reminds me of the second Easyworld album.
A 'teaser track' which is your average album track, then nearer the release you get the single proper.
definitely got a vibe of their last 2 albums. Not too bothered about Hyde Park, can't be arsed to travel to London to stand in a field, but if a tour happens i'd definitely go see them again
they explicitly said there's no auto tune on this album...
it's an awful song.
its not a standout track, but it works well enough on that album. In retrospect it was probably something Damon should have recorded for Gorillaz
your point being?
It was essentially a Fatboy Slim song. And not a great one.
I blame Fat Boy Slim for that one though.
Thats a top tune
over some of the poorer cuts from 'The Great Escape'
yes, i am bemused by the top 21 blur songs saluty article thing. bemused! bemused that it doesn't remotely tally with mine. no For Tomorrow? no This is a Low? no ...Radar, ...Westway, or Caramel??? and instead, you offer us the likes of Star Shaped, Dan Abnormal and Look Inside America...really!? i know lists are meant to incite discussion, but this is madness!!! MADNESS!
No excuse for leaving out For Tomorrow and This Is A Low though.
Strange News From Another Star
Chemical World (without Intermission)
This is a Low
Coffee & TV
Hey, what a band.
Villa Rosie and Oily water!
There's the spiky post punk funk thing running all the way through, the occasional ring modulated alien sounds, and that gorgeous wall of fuzz that comes in during the chorus - and the more I listen, the more layers I hear.
And that solo!
And it's all held together by that tight, rolling groove.
I love Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad, and The Queen, and Graham and Damon's solo materials, but there's really no beating the full Blur sound.
It is decided. Wtf was their influence for that? Such an amazing tune.
Actually making me excited for the new album.
hate Alex James' fag-in-mouth bass playing though. wasn't cool then, definitely isn't cool 20 years later.
quite like that there's no one playing acoustic guitar even though it's the dominant guitar sound. Unless Graham has made his electric sound like an acoustic.
anyway. song is good. not exciting, just nice.
from the youtube comments.....
- has he made a tobacco flavored cheese yet? -
Which is fine, but I guessed if they were gonna see fit to come back after all this time they'd have a real purpose to it.
Expectations have been revised downwards, somewhat.
sounds to me a bit like something from Everyday Robots at first, but I might enjoy it more after a few more listens.
Still very much looking forward to the album!
like it would be passable, but the line "in tiny houses, here and there" is just 100% shit, really grates. I like the music and melody though, apart from the guitar solo which is also crap.
It's a lovely chord progression and instrumentation, but those lyrics...
But is entirely possible
Is that they don't end their unbroken run of having a least one single and one album track that is up there with their best. These two are good but I'm still waiting...
It's alright for about 90 seconds. I got bored after that and I have to agree about the lyrics. Worthy of Blur '91. Dreadful.
Really like it, kinda reminds me of MLIR.
Damon actually sounds like he's not bored out of his mind this time.
Even on much of Blur's best stuff
He just didn't sound particularly invested in the previous songs, just drawled along. A bit of energy is always welcome with Blur.
Also, Graham singing the solo on the bridge of this made me incredibly happy.
I hope there's a killer single before the album is released though
not noisy enough and a bit drab. I hate to say it, but I've lost hope that this is going to be on a par with their better albums. It sounds ok, but just ok. obviously, i hope I'm very wrong.
they did not just make up old songs, or were hostages of a forced reinvention, they were just somewhere in between of these potential targets with a sublime elegance.
Favorite songs (in these first attempts): My Terracota Heart and Mirrorball.
Pretty sure you downloaded the bent copy lol. Shazam some of those tracks - they're 13/ Think Tank/ Demon Days B-sides.
In fact, I think Lonesome Street is rather brilliant too.
Very excited for this again.
not sure if link works, if you go to band page on itunes, there's an option to listen now.
there's a flashplayer stream of it on here - http://fun1959.canalblog.com/archives/2015/04/20/31923942.html
enjoying this on first listen having had earworms from Go Out and Ong Ong on Jools...
Ong Ong is a real tune.
has a sort of MBV wooze to it, rather lovely. Only thing I've not been taken with so far is Ice Cream Man which suffers from some irritating sound effect...
on the Ice Cream Man track now, I like it
But struggling to find a single track that stands up there with their best material. Thought I Was a Spaceman comes closest. Probably their worst album, all things considered.
and i say that not as stuart braithwaite but as a blur fan
'spaceman' and 'pyongyang' are the only songs which aren't completely bereft of anything interesting, and they're not great
Looking forward to the new Faith No More .. more.
It's a bit "mature" (i.e you ain't go no choons) but a decent record all in all. Albarn has often seemed a bit one-note since Plastic Beach and I think the hangover continues here. We miss the soaring choruses, the sing a long hooks for days, the lump in your throat when they do bring it down.
That said, these are possibly the kind of songs that reveal themselves to you, and in the Blur narrative it really sits quite nicely. If it is indeed their sendoff, it's more fitting than the Coxonless 'Think Tank'. It doesn't feel like they picked up where Battery in Your Leg left off and made the classic that might have been, but if you'd have said this record would have existed 6 months ago I'd have still bit your arm off.
On second full listen, and I reckon this is better than Think Tank and The Great Escape, on a par with 13 and Leisure but not as good as MLIR, Blur or Parklife. Pretty good job late in the day.
and ill considered hyperbole-driven opinions thread, I shall come back in a year or two's time when I am bored enough with it to evaluate it objectively...
Hope you managed to give it a couple of extra listens in the 2 1/2 hours that you've been stewing over my comment anyway.....
I threw out all my old Blur albums.
And my jazz.
four old friends having some fun. no real depth, but a nice shiny surface that will keep most people happy
absolutely brilliant to these ears. I haven't heard Mirrorball yet mind, but the rest of it surpassed all expectations- especially as I'd watched a bit of the live show stream and thought it all sounded average.
I just love every track so far, incredibly surprised. Ghost Ship is a bit pastichey, but I still enjoyed it. The biggest surprise is how this album just fits into the Blur-13-Think Tank chronology; it feels like they picked up where they left off, without even trying, and without sounded dated. My favourite Blur albums are definitely 13 and Think Tank which I guess is why I'm maybe predisposed to enjoying this album. People complain about there not being a big singley track (there are obviously big stand outs- I Thought I Was a Spaceman is this albums 1992, Pyongyang it's Battery in Your Leg etc), but the album is much more poppy than Think Tank, and Tender was the only really obvious single on 13.
After the depressingly average Under The Westway which was almost self parody in parts (a real shame seeing as the original William Orbit version is much more ambitious), I really thought they'd try to do something which was obviously nostalgic and self-referential, but this just feels like...a new Blur album. Obviously the negative side is less the music/songwriting, and more the hint of orientalism in the lyrics; the subject matter is an entirely valid one, but comes across as too touristy I think.
the orientalism isn't that surprising - it sounds like they tried not to over think it and get the record out, which is probably a good thing.
seems like they have a really good working method- they've always been able to develop ideas to a finished point in a short amount of time. I just hope this isn't the last Blur album. I mean, I doubt it will be really- Albarn is in much more of a general 'arts' mindset these days rather than a pop music one, so I doubt he's going to end up thinking he's too old or whatever. They've just all got a lot to offer.
I'd plumped for Allbran in his various guises - I really think he is a modern musical genius and can turn his hand to most things, which is no disrespect to the rest of Blur, but seriously, he really is impressive.
i believe when that happens, they call it a grower.
that's what they call it (or is that something else?)
sums up my thoughts pretty much exactly.
Just the Pitchfork review to come in now. I predict 7.2.
so could be something like a 8.3
but sneaking a listen again at work. Growing on me. I love Go Out.
lonesome street, go out, spaceman, too many (- lyrics), pyongyang would make for a decent EP
the rest is so, so dull though
new world towers and ghost ship vie for the status of worst blur song ever
too many is good, sounds like the music from Final Fantasy 8 ha
I think Go Out is the best track. It hasn’t really grasped me as much as some of their other albums have on a first listen though. It’s not their best album by quite a distance, but who knows, it took me a couple of years to realise how good an album Think Tank was so maybe this might have the same effect and gradually improve the more I listen to it.
Delighted they’re back though (in POG form!), and it’s great to hear new material at last.
I like some tracks a lot but others are a little too much on the meandering side.
Maybe I'm just not in the mood.
Also, it's about £9.50 on MP3. Most albums are £7.50 now so I'm a bit dubious about giving Blur an extra 2 quid, given they are all likely doing very well, thank you.
o n a p h y s i c a l f o r m a t i n a s h o p f o r £10
but good on you (£9.50 is a stupid price for an mp3 album though).
I mean, I'd just have to package it away in the CD wallet with the other bits and bobs.
Potentially quite a promising record, given the rather haphazard manner it was recorded in. If this can relieve the pressure of following their legacy, I could see them having a bit of a second wind (obviously, it's more likely we'll never hear from them again, but whatever.)
Adore the Spaceman tune.
not particularly into the vocals, but the main chord sequence and arrangement are so lovely
a famous classical or new age-y ambient-y piece? maybe enya? or a film soundtrack?
and reminded us in a lengthy opening paragraph or two that technology doesn't necessarily make people closer (in case this highly profound thought had never ever occurred to you)
I don't see this album as nostalgic in any way really, apart from Lonesome Street maybe (which is more like a reappropriation of their mid-90s stuff than an attempt to recapture it).
and no real justification for the 7.0. not a bad score by any means, but no idea how the reviewer ended up with it
I really, really like it. I still skip Ghost Ship but there's never been a Blur album where I love the lot. Pyongyang would comfortably make an all time Blur list.
but Ong Ong and I Was A Spaceman for me.
for the past several weeks I have been saying that this is one of the best albums by Blur, but I just discovered that I was listening to a fake leak which includes less-known b-sides by the band and Damon............. but the songs are good though............
I don't think it will be challenging Blur or 13 as my favourite Blur album any time soon but it's still a fine addition to their discography.
and i'm really into it now it feels more familiar.
saw em on friday and they played the album in full in order (bar Ice Cream Man), and it sounded really great live. I wasnt even really pining for old stuff during the set (which they did a few in the encore).
there was a good old groove to a lot of em live.
especially the boldness of the sound, but the songs sound underdeveloped to me.
Nowhere near as good as the criminally underrated Think Tank to my ears. (Although it has made me twice as sorry that Coxson's guitar got to wander over those songs).
Highlight seems to be My Terracotta Heart, and that doesn't even touch the beauty of songs like Out Of Time, or half the stuff on their last few albums for that matter.
of how it 'feels' being really great - e.g. not nostalgic throwback, nor an overworked attempt to be 'different' or 'now', but just a straight up new Blur album, in a way that's simultaneously expected and unexpected.
Top marks for it not feeling like a cheap victory lap.