Blur Think Tank [Special Edition] (2-CD)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: July 31, 2012
- Label: Virgin Records
Rolling Stone - 12/25/03, p.104Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003"
Rolling Stone - 5/15/03, p.1284 stars out of 5 - "...There are flashes of punk and fresh hints of world music..."
Spin - 6/03, p.100"...The album shuffles and grooves like Fela Kuti sloshed on gin and tonics..." - Grade: A
Q - 01/01/04, p.83Ranked #2 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003" - "[A]n inspired punk rock/world music hybrid....THINK TANK proudly measure[s] up to Blur's very best work."
Uncut - 01/04, pp.84-7Ranked #62 in Uncut's "Albums Of The Year 2003"
Uncut - 6/03, pp.90-15 stars out of 5 - "...Albarn has a seemingly endless capacity to absorb new ideas and come up with something fresh and different every time..."
CMJ - 5/12/03, p.8"...THINK TANK is an exploration of beats and grooves that seems to have sent almost all the guitars packing with the guitarist....Blur without Graham is a strange concept. But it's also one that works..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 01/01/04, p.60Ranked #3 in Mojo's "The Best of 2003"
Mojo (Publisher) - 5/03, pp.88-94 stars out of 5 - "...Invigorating and intriguing, as hummable as it is inventive....It's also very possibly the best thing Blur have done..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 2.Out of Time
- 3.Crazy Beat
- 4.Good Song
- 5.On the Way to the Club
- 6.Brothers and Sisters
- 8.We've Got a File On You
- 9.Moroccan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club
- 10.Sweet Song
- 12.Gene By Gene
- 13.Battery in Your Leg
- 14.Me, White Noise
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Money Makes Me Crazy (Marrakech Mix)
- 2.Tune 2
- 3.The Outsider
- 4.Don't Be
- 6.Me, White Noise (Alternate Version)
- 7.Some Glad Morning (Fan Club Single)
- 8.Don't Be (Acoustic mix)
- 9.Sweet Song (demo)
- 10.Caravan (XFM Session, October 2003)
- 11.End Of A Century (XFM Session, October 2003)
- 12.Good Song (XFM Session, October 2003)
- 13.Out Of Time (XFM Session, October 2003)
- 14.Tender (XFM Session, October 2003)
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Blur: Damon Albarn, Alex James, Dave Rowntree.
Additional personnel includes: James Dring (programming).
Producers: Blur, Ben Hillier, Norman Cook, William Orbit.
Liner Note Author: Miranda Sawyer.
Recording information: Zo‰ Ball Show, XFM (10/08/2003).
Photographers: Peter Marlow; Greg Williams ; Steve Lazrides.
Over six heralded records, the most recognizable feature of Blur's sound is that they really don't have a sound. In a musical world where artists are all too often pigeonholed, Blur remains the ultimate indescribable, unpredictable band. With the possible exception of the first two, no Blur album has really borne the mark of its predecessor, and seventh offering THINK TANK (the first since the departure of Graham Coxon) is no exception.
Practically every track goes off in its own engaging direction, starting with the darkly hypnotic and mystical "Ambulance" which abruptly closes on a distorted synth riff and crashing into the sweetest song on the album, the melodically simple and reflective "Out Of Time." The one constant on a Blur record is the knowledge that there will be at least a couple of perfecly-etched pop songs and on this go-around, they're even clearly, cheekily marked "Good Song" and "Sweet Song." Along the way, there's also the spacey danceable screaming of "Crazy Beat," the old-school punk of "We've Got A File On You," the world-beat/Manchester recall of "On The Way To The Club," and the ambient chant of "Caravan." In all, THINK TANK is another gloriously, sui generis album from Blur, a record that revels in its own jagged edges.
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