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Blur is Back

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  • If it's as good as Think Thank, then it'll be good. If it's as good as most of Albarn's post Blur output, then it'll be good. Looking forward to this.




  • Will be very interested to see what the new material is like.






  • new song




  • Love that new song already and I am so tempted to be in London on the 20th of June




  • Not a massive fan of Go Out after several listens, it's solid though, but Lonesome Street and There Are Too Many Of Us sound brilliant on first listen. Shame about the artwork for the album and the video for Go Out. Absolute muck. Overall the sound of the new album is very promising


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  • Took a while for 'There are...' to go on me. I cant get into Lonesome Street at all




  • About halfway through it now.

    Bit 'meh' so far.




  • Took a while for 'There are...' to go on me. I cant get into Lonesome Street at all
    And boy has it grown, I think its one of their best songs in history




  • Can't wait for the album - singles are always hard to judge with a band like Blur. 10 full plays up loud in the car usually gives a clearer idea.

    Think they'll play an Irish date?

    I think they will either be added to EP or nothing. I reckon they can attract an audience of about 10,000 which suits perfectly for IMMA in Kilmainham but think their slots are full up, I think Marley Park is a bit too big? And all the other festivals seem to announced in full at this stage. Hope something is announced but I'm going to be in Lisbon in July when they're playing a festival over there so I'll get my fix either way!




  • Album streaming free on itunes now.


    Can't do linky thing due to number of posts..

    consequenceofsound.net/2015/04/stream-blurs-new-album-the-magic-whip/


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  • Listened to it maybe four or five times and really enjoying it. When I heard it was basically recorded over a few days in Hong Kong and then sort of cobbled together I thought it might sound a bit patchy but it sounds very cohesive.

    Favourite songs so far are I Thought I Was A Spaceman, Pyongyang and I Broadcast. One thing I've noticed is that at times it sounds like a companion piece to Everyday Robots except with a bigger sound. I'm very impressed overall.




  • It's a good album,snuggles into 6th spot ahead of Leisure and The Great Escape.

    Coxon should have been let off his leash a bit more ; a lot of it sounds like Albarn's other projects. A bit too mellow over all.

    Obviously,it being a Blur album,there is some great stuff on it.You gotta love

    Thought I was a Spaceman, Pyongyang, TATMOU and Lonesome Street.




  • Really surprised at how much I'm enjoying this record. On my fifth listen now.




  • Listened to it maybe four or five times and really enjoying it. When I heard it was basically recorded over a few days in Hong Kong and then sort of cobbled together I thought it might sound a bit patchy but it sounds very cohesive.

    Favourite songs so far are I Thought I Was A Spaceman, Pyongyang and I Broadcast. One thing I've noticed is that at times it sounds like a companion piece to Everyday Robots except with a bigger sound. I'm very impressed overall.

    Yeah, I'd agree with that. Loved Everyday Robots and this is a nice next step for me.




  • My Terracotta Heart





  • Excellent return to form imo. puts most current bands on the scene to shame.




  • I really like that. They are still incredibly good live too. It is great to have a return to new material.




  • Friend of mine saw them in Brooklyn last night. Said they were excellent, but gig was almost entirely new album, just a couple of late '90s tracks but nothing older.




  • Dandelion6 wrote: »
    Friend of mine saw them in Brooklyn last night. Said they were excellent, but gig was almost entirely new album, just a couple of late '90s tracks but nothing older.

    This can only be a good thing no? They have, after all, released a new album.




  • seachto7 wrote: »
    This can only be a good thing no? They have, after all, released a new album.

    Agreed. I'd only go to see them again in a small venue where they had the freedom to play their new album. Does anyone need to hear Parklife again?


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  • InTheTrees wrote: »
    My Terracotta Heart


    Best track of the album.




  • seachto7 wrote: »
    This can only be a good thing no? They have, after all, released a new album.

    No issue with them mostly playing the new album. For the encores though I'd prefer their early '90s to late '90s. Definitely don't need to hear Song 2 again, ever!




  • Dandelion6 wrote: »
    No issue with them mostly playing the new album. For the encores though I'd prefer their early '90s to late '90s. Definitely don't need to hear Song 2 again, ever!

    Whaaat?? I would definitely feel short changed if they omitted that 2 minute blast of communal head banging from their set.




  • Dandelion6 wrote: »
    No issue with them mostly playing the new album. For the encores though I'd prefer their early '90s to late '90s. Definitely don't need to hear Song 2 again, ever!

    Totally agree, I never got the love for that song. Bit too obvious for me!
    I hope they do play most of the new album cos it's bloody great.




  • Mirrorball reminds me of I Wanna Be Yours from AM.




  • Well i listened to this album yesterday on spotify and i have to say i am blown away how good it is, comeback albums can be often so disappointing but this one is a real stunner!! fantastic band, never lost it :)




  • Went to the Hyde Park gig on Saturday. They were excellent. Set list covered their whole career, including a number of older songs they rarely play live (eg Badhead, Trouble in the Message Centre). All the big hits too.




  • Dandelion6 wrote: »
    Went to the Hyde Park gig on Saturday. They were excellent. Set list covered their whole career, including a number of older songs they rarely play live (eg Badhead, Trouble in the Message Centre). All the big hits too.

    Looked a better setlist to the last Hyde Park gig I attended. I would have preferred more The Magic Whip but maybe they wouldn't come across well live.




  • Somehow this album had passed me by until now and I'm pleasantly delighted with it. First track is so Great Escape and brought me right back to when I first got that CD.
    I'm glad it's not all just resting on its laurels and playing it safe by drawing on Grat Escape, which Stephen Street producing could have happened.
    Can't decide what's my favourite track.


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  • Will give album a whirl over the weekend.

    I liked their first single, but don't like Lonesome Street that much - it's very early blur and caught in the past, some might like the nostalgia about that, but I love blur because of their ability to progress their music. Looking forward to listening to the album


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