Album Review: Blur – The Magic Whip

Consequence of Sound

Blur celebrates its 27th anniversary this year. Let that sink in for a second. Now turn your gaze toward the elephant in the room: Are they still living in (as Liam Gallagher once put it so punningly) a “shite-life” instead of their mud, sweat, and tears Parklife? Don’t let the passing years discourage you, because it sounds like nothing has changed — as though Damon Albarn and his bandmates have been cryogenically frozen since they put out their last album in 2003. That doesn’t mean their eighth album, The Magic Whip, won’t still get the diehards slipping around in their own drool. Better great than never, right?

Everything on The Magic Whip sounds like the band put together every idea to warrant absolute comeback status. As a result, it feels like the bookend of a certain iteration of Blur. It’s the zenith of that first phase — the classic ‘90s lean-and-glare…

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