Half Notes: Blur – Think Tank (2003)

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by Tom Johnson

This album wasn’t initially as well received as I think it should’ve been. It wasn’t the masterpiece I was hoping for, but it was a step up from the wildly uneven 13. With the exit of guitarist/fellow-mastermind Graham Coxon, Damon Albarn pretty much had complete artistic control of Blur. Not surprisingly, the result sounds more like a mixture of his hip-hop-ish “side project” the Gorillaz with the Brit-rock experimentation of Blur. I can’t say the album begged me to listen to it like Broken Social Scene’s did when it came out, but every time I did listen to Think Tank I was consistently surprised by how much more I enjoyed it than I thought I previously had. With relatively few slip-ups, Blur managed to craft a new sound for themselves after what I thought was a pretty shoddy album (13), combining the best of everything the band’s been capable of. Maybe it’s a little too varying, which explains the album’s lack of strong backing by critics and fans alike. I don’t know; all I can say is that I like it a lot.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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