Thinking Man’s Tank
When we last saw Blur frontman Damon Albarn, he was disguised as a cartoon character along with Dan the Automator in the comic books-meet-hip hop outfit Gorillaz. Now that the wild ride of the widely successful Gorillaz experience has worn off, what is Damon left to do? The answer is simple: channel all that creativity and insanity into what made him popular in the first place.Blur’s eighth studio album, “Think Tank”, is a both brilliant and disturbing. When I say brilliant I am only speaking of the creativity and thought behind such mind boggling tracks such as “We’ve Got a File On You”. However when I say disturbing I am referring to the Fatboy Slim produced “Crazy Beat” which sounds like a b-side of their smash hit “Song 2” (from their self-titled sixth album). The album comes off as a disoriented head trip that leaves you wondering where in the hell these lads have ventured off to and if they’re going to come back at all. The departure of founding member Graham Coxon might have die-hard fans wishing for the glory days of Blur but then again, we can always pray for Oasis (uh oh).