53. Blur – Think Tank

Blur - Think Tank

53. Blur – Think Tank (2003)

1. Ambulance
2. Out of Time
3. Crazy Beat
4. Good Song
5. On the Way to the Club
6. Brothers and Sisters
7. Caravan
8. We’ve Got a File on You
9. Moroccan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club
10. Sweet Song
11. Jets
12. Gene by Gene
13. Battery in Your Leg

Who is/are Blur?

Much in the same way we knew who Barenaked Ladies were fairly early on, I think we should all know who Blur are by now…

Why did you buy this album?

By the time this album was released in 2003, I’d met, fallen in love with, and got engaged to a Blur fan. In fact, we’d marry in the October of that year.

As such, on the day this album came out, I spotted a special edition on sale in the now dearly-departed HMV on Market Street in Manchester, and bought it for her.

What’s it like?

It’s an odd one, this. It’s the logical continuation of the jam-based style developed through ‘13‘, but somehow it feels less of a band effort, and more of a Damon Albarn solo effort.

The fact that guitarist Graham Coxon is only on one track may explain some of that…

After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?

I do. Having initially dismissed it at the time as “ugh, I miss Graham”, who was especially missed during the accompanying tour, I found that I liked it more now. It doesn’t always quite sound like Blur, and it’s not up to the standards of ‘Modern Life…‘, ‘Blur‘, or ‘13‘, but it is a good listen nonetheless.

Any stand-out tracks?

The one track with Coxon on, ‘Battery in Your Leg‘, is great, and the opening pair of ‘Ambulance‘ and ‘Out of Time‘ are pretty good.

A notable mention also goes to ‘Jets‘ for novel use of free-jazz saxophone…

Rating out of 10?

8/10.

Next up: Blur – All The People: Blur Live at Hyde Park 02 & 03 July 2009

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