What does it sound like?:
Surprisingly enough for a Blur record, this sounds a lot like, well, Blur. After over a decade since their last album, much has been made of this “surprise” return. Anyone who has seen them since their 2009 return will know that this new record has always been something of an inevitability, although no timeframes were ever announced. This album sounds reassuringly like the band’s previous work, but with a hint of further experimentation, to ensure that hardcore fans will satisfied, and that new audiences will still be found. The punky, shouty “I Broadcast” is possibly the most distinctively Blur track on “The Magic Whip”, and will slot in nicely to setlists alongside familiar tunes such as “Song 2” or “Jubilee”. This is Blur playing themselves, and as such is probably the most immediate, yet predictable, track on the album. Songs such as “My Terracotta Heart” and “Thought I Was a Spaceman” continue the ethereal, vibe-based, nature of Albarn’s previous work on The Good, The Bad and The Queen, and his solo album “Everyday Robots”. A few of the tracks also reflect the funkier music he’s put out with Gorillaz. But the presence of Coxon’s » Continue Reading.