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the magic whip


180g gatefold 2LP + d/l + poster

Released: 27th Apr 2015


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Twelve years and a lot of fervently crossed fingers on from ‘think tank’ and it’s finally here:  a brand new blur album featuring the full blur lineup, and it’s brilliant.

Born out of an impromptu hong-kong recording session in 2013 ‘the magic whip’ sounds like classic blur, led by melody and hooks more than experimentalism and driven by graham coxon’s inimitable guitar work. Granted, there’s hints of the gorillaz in the synths and the oriental vibe, but crucially this never sounds simply like a Damon Albarn solo album, nor does it play like a band on the cusp of falling apart as ‘think tank’ so often did. Perhaps most importantly though ‘the magic whip’ stands on its own: nostalgia plays into its appeal, sure, but these are great songs in themselves, fascinating, sprawling and often slightly surreal. Welcome back gentlemen. “They sound like a band filled with ideas and potential new directions, who have plenty left to do together, if they choose” 4/5 – the guardian, “we’ve got a new Blur album, and it’s good. Really good” 8/10 – drowned in sound, “a triumphant comeback – everything fans could have hoped for” 5/5 – the telegraph

tom recommends: a bit of a grower, but further proof that blur really are fantastic together.

the magic whip

  1. Lonesome Street
  2. New World Towers
  3. Go Out
  4. Ice Cream Man
  5. thought I Was A Spaceman
  6. I Broadcast
  7. My Terracotta Heart
  8. There Are Too Many Of Us
  9. Ghost Ship
  10. Pyongyang
  11. Ong Ong
  12. Mirrorball