12 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a 12-year break between studio albums, Blur remain as intrepid and inventive as they’ve ever been. The Magic Whip finds the Britpop icons reuniting with a collection that' s both wonderfully familiar and endlessly surprising. “Lonesome Street” kicks off with the ecstatic crunch of guitar and then takes on new colors and textures, with psychedelic synth flourishes and kooky harmonies. While the gleefully distorted “I Broadcast” buzzes and roars, the melancholy sway of “New World Towers” and the serpentine soul of “My Terracotta Heart” leave a haunting afterglow.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

After a 12-year break between studio albums, Blur remain as intrepid and inventive as they’ve ever been. The Magic Whip finds the Britpop icons reuniting with a collection that' s both wonderfully familiar and endlessly surprising. “Lonesome Street” kicks off with the ecstatic crunch of guitar and then takes on new colors and textures, with psychedelic synth flourishes and kooky harmonies. While the gleefully distorted “I Broadcast” buzzes and roars, the melancholy sway of “New World Towers” and the serpentine soul of “My Terracotta Heart” leave a haunting afterglow.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
307 Ratings

307 Ratings

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封面美cry,歌也好听。。。MV吗。。。

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As Great as Classic Blur, but Perfectly Contemporary

Even after sixteen years apart as a four-piece (2003's "Think Tank" was almost entirely recorded without Graham Coxon), "The Magic Whip" feels 100% Blur; it fits seamlessly into a continuum with the trilogy of "Modern Life Is Rubbish," "Parklife," and "The Great Escape"; 1997's "Blur"; and "13." It's right in line the quartet's sound as it progressed, but it also sounds like an album from 2015, not like the '90s warmed over. It's Blur for the 2010s, and it is glorious. There are great rockers like "Lonesome Street" and "Go Out," a fun sing-a-long in "Ong Ong," an amazingly beautiful ballad to the feels in "My Terracotta Heart," and I don't know how to describe "Ice Cream Man" other than to say I can't get it out of my head. I hope this isn't the last Blur studio album - after hearing how amazing these guys are after all these years, I want more! ¡VIVA BLUR!

Dezz68 ,

Blur

WOW - I was beginning to wonder if this would ever happen; I can't wait ! FINALLY a new Blur album !!! I always preferred Damon Alburn and the boys over Oasis, so happy this is happening. The Gorillaz were great, and even Mali Music is wonderful, but there's nothing like Blur in fine form, I concur with the previous comments, we need an American tour ASAP !!!

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