BLUR are back with their first studio album in 12 years, and critics have been waiting for them to fail.
Born out of five days of downtime in Hong Kong on a 2013 tour, its opener Lonesome Street is classic Blur, a clever move which warms you towards the rest of the album.
This a much more mature band than the one which waged the Britpop wars with Oasis, and the industrial-sounding Go Out, the psychedelic There Are Too Many Of Us and the almost childlike Ice Cream Man are worthy additions to their canon. Sure, there are songs which would have fitted in with Damon Albarn or Graham Coxon’s other ventures since the band originally split.
But this new album shows their reunion was about more than making money, and it’s a very welcome return. 8/10. GW