Blur - Think Tank
NME.COM feature on Blur - Think Tank album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Blur's creative spark is undimmed, even while their stomach for the pop fight fades
Due to some weird accident of timing, we're currently getting a masterclass on how - and how not - to sustain a long career in pop. Jarvis is back under new (dis)guise Relaxed Muscle, Radiohead return with an album that disappointingly occupies the same musical space as the last two, Oasis bestride the world like an arthritic Colossus and then there's Blur . They've...
- Sep 12, 2005
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- Out Of Time
- Crazy Beat
- Good Song
- On The Way To The Club
- Brothers and Sisters
- We've Got A File On You
- Moroccan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club
- Sweet Song
- Gene By Gene
- Battery In Your Leg
- Me, White Noise
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- Aug 26, 2003
Woo, and indeed, hooo...
- May 1, 2003
It's a new direction. Just not a very loveable one.
- Dec 5, 2002
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Blur - Think Tank: Wikipedia Album Entry
Think Tank is Blur's seventh and last album to date. It was released in the UK on 5 May 2003. The cover art is a stencil by the famous graffiti artist Banksy. In sonic terms, this album is distinct from earlier Blur records as it relies more on electronic and minimal textures instead of typical Britpop signifiers like big guitars and anthemic pacing. The lyrical themes deal with subjects related to modern British club culture and partying, as well as relationships and personal character problems. Many references to clubbing, consumption, and spur of the moment impulses are scattered throughout different songs. These illicit allusions ultimately led to the album receiving a Parental Advisory logo - Think Tank is the only Blur album to get this rating.
To record the album, Blur relocated to Morocco. Some have argued this change of scenery has obvious effects on the album as many songs have "non-Western" world melodies and sounds. On top of this geographic move, the band integrated new players into their mix. Fatboy Slim mixes two of the tracks ("Crazy Beat" and "Gene by Gene") giving parts of the album a dance music feel. During the recording of this album, the guitarist Graham Coxon quit the band; to many Blur fans, this was very upsetting, as Coxon was highly regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of contemporary times. Allegedly, the group confronted and clashed with Coxon's alcoholism and had other unresolved disputes. He did contribute to some songs before leaving, and many people agree that his stylistic signature seems to show up most on "Battery in Your Leg" with its big rush of a distorted, delayed guitar swooping down into the song seemingly out of nowhere.
The album was well received critically. On top of receiving a nomination for Best British Album at the 2004 BRIT Awards, it earned Q Magazine's Album of the Year Award.
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