Blur - The Magic Whip

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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by JackS » 29 Apr 2015, 11:04

Sean wrote:
JackS wrote:Alex is listed as "Steven Alex Neate James" in Blur Touring Ltd. Steve James.
His full name innit. Always amused me calling him Steve. :mrgreen:
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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by munch » 29 Apr 2015, 15:51

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preston wrote:Pyongyang is a masterpiece
I'm in the minority on Pyongyang. I consider it one of the 3 really good songs on the album as opposed to the other 9 amazing ones. :oops:
What are the other 2?


Also, i've got the obi strip inside the case just caus i don't want to lose it. What is everyone else doing with theirs?
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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by Leahscarlet2 » 29 Apr 2015, 15:55

I don't like the obi strip.. It's really awkward and on the shelf it looks like it's gonna scuff and get damaged
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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by 101reykjavik » 29 Apr 2015, 16:21

munch wrote:
My Name Is Mud wrote:
preston wrote:Pyongyang is a masterpiece
I'm in the minority on Pyongyang. I consider it one of the 3 really good songs on the album as opposed to the other 9 amazing ones. :oops:
What are the other 2?


Also, i've got the obi strip inside the case just caus i don't want to lose it. What is everyone else doing with theirs?
Mine is attached on the back of the CD by a round sticky, so I'm going to leave it like that for now. It's entirely loose on the vinyl though - not sure what to do with that. Just have to be careful to place it back around the spine each time I suppose.
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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by 101reykjavik » 29 Apr 2015, 16:23

^ Love the jamming. Want to hear.
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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by tom_cas1 » 29 Apr 2015, 16:26

Another one. They are going through the whole album:

Ong Ong: https://instagram.com/p/2EL30Hy-YV/
Mirrorball: https://instagram.com/p/2EFlyxS-d-/
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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by MrMagpie » 29 Apr 2015, 17:12

Just listened to it a couple of times. Solid, even excellent album. Not one of their best but certainly closer to the top than the bottom. Highlights for me (besides Lonesome Street, Go Out, and There Are Too Many of Us) are Ghost Ship, Ice Cream Man, and Thought I Was a Spaceman. Mirrorball is good but quite underwhelming as an album closer, while the two weakest/worst tracks for me are New World Towers (sounds like an outtake from Everyday Robots) and Ong Ong, which sounds like a Think Tank-era b-side and is the type of Blur song I get embarrassed to play for my friends who have never heard the band before. Finally, My Terracotta Heart sounds like a re-write of Hollow Ponds but is saved by a superior chorus.

Overall, really good album. I give it a solid 7.5/10 at the moment. Very pleased and not disappointed at all!
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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by tom_cas1 » 29 Apr 2015, 17:15

Ong Ong is the best song Drew, what are you smoking in PA? :P
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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by Sushi » 29 Apr 2015, 17:16

I mostly agree with that review! One thing I disagree with is New World Towers. It's a lovely track and I think the theme is very Damon solo, but the sound is Blur. There are going to be those inevitable crossovers. I still think Go Out sounds like Graham solo meets Gorillaz.

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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by dparrott » 29 Apr 2015, 17:18

I've always stuck my Obi strip horizontally in the center of the booklet. Fits just right.

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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by munch » 29 Apr 2015, 17:23

MrMagpie wrote:Just listened to it a couple of times. Solid, even excellent album. Not one of their best but certainly closer to the top than the bottom. Highlights for me (besides Lonesome Street, Go Out, and There Are Too Many of Us) are Ghost Ship, Ice Cream Man, and Thought I Was a Spaceman. Mirrorball is good but quite underwhelming as an album closer, while the two weakest/worst tracks for me are New World Towers (sounds like an outtake from Everyday Robots) and Ong Ong, which sounds like a Think Tank-era b-side and is the type of Blur song I get embarrassed to play for my friends who have never heard the band before. Finally, My Terracotta Heart sounds like a re-write of Hollow Ponds but is saved by a superior chorus.

Overall, really good album. I give it a solid 7.5/10 at the moment. Very pleased and not disappointed at all!
one of my fave tracks is Money Makes me Crazy :D
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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by bugman » 29 Apr 2015, 17:29

Alex James reveals that Blur have another album's worth of material from Hong Kong sessions

Bassist claims that Damon Albarn had "26 or 27" song ideas from 'The Magic Whip' studio time

Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/blur/85017#pHP62KLJEPGqSDTQ.99

really im not exited about this. Damon wrote around 70 songs to PB. 1 year after PB was released,we should get a b-sides album. 5 years later we don't have anything :(

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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by Sean » 29 Apr 2015, 17:31

MrMagpie wrote:Just listened to it a couple of times. Solid, even excellent album. Not one of their best but certainly closer to the top than the bottom. Highlights for me (besides Lonesome Street, Go Out, and There Are Too Many of Us) are Ghost Ship, Ice Cream Man, and Thought I Was a Spaceman. Mirrorball is good but quite underwhelming as an album closer, while the two weakest/worst tracks for me are New World Towers (sounds like an outtake from Everyday Robots) and Ong Ong, which sounds like a Think Tank-era b-side and is the type of Blur song I get embarrassed to play for my friends who have never heard the band before. Finally, My Terracotta Heart sounds like a re-write of Hollow Ponds but is saved by a superior chorus.

Overall, really good album. I give it a solid 7.5/10 at the moment. Very pleased and not disappointed at all!
Only two listens?

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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by MrMagpie » 29 Apr 2015, 17:40

Only two listens because I got home from work at 8pm last night and had to put 4 kids to bed while my wife was out and I'm at work today...I'm impressed with myself that I actually squeezed two fucking listens in!

I'm sure my thoughts on certain songs and the album as a whole will change the more I absorb it, we'll see.
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