Album Review: Blur - The Magic Whip
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★★★★☆ “I’m not really sure about this.” You thought it. I thought it. When Blur released their first single from new releaseThe Magic Whip we all thought it. Whilst ‘Go Out’ was unmistakeably a product of the iconic Britpop foursome, something about the track made it feel rather different to its predecessors in a way that was, and remains, hard to describe. And so it is with much of The Magic Whip, an album Graham Coxon has described as being full of “sounds that were not particularly Blur”, recorded in a “very un-Blur studio” in a very “un-Blur city”. Coxon’s description is no exaggeration. The band’s first full release in 12 years was first conceived during an impromptu five-day stint in a Hong Kong recording studio in 2013. The quartet had been set to play Japan’s Tokyo Rocks music festival when the show was suddenly cancelled without warning. This sudden setback left the boys stranded in Hong Kong, where they decided to fill their free time doing what they do best. The band had no intention of using the material for a new album at the time, but after Damon Albarn finished his solo tour in 2014 they decided to pick up where they left off and The Magic Whip was born.
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