Nostalgic melancholy fills Blur’s ninth studio release, a courageous album that exhibits the band have one thing germane to say about getting previous
‘We’re taking down the scaffolds very soon,” sings Damon Albarn, halfway via Barbaric, presumably one of many songs he wrote for Blur’s ninth studio album while on tour with Gorillaz final yr. Whether it was meant as such or not, the picture of a venerable constructing being revealed to the general public as soon as extra looks like an anticipatory nod in the direction of Blur’s second reunion, 33 years on from their debut single.
It has, so far, been a exceptional success. There have been stadium gigs and pageant headlining slots, at which the previous hits have been rolled out to giddily euphoric response, and the touching sight of Albarn being decreased to tears on stage by the reception afforded them at Wembley.Continue reading...