Blur’s “The Magic Whip”: Music review

Blur’s first album in 12 years is a welcome return to the elements of the eponymous 1997 album and 1999’s “13” – at times playful and slightly grungy in that Pavementesque way that was so surprising, alternating with deeply gratifying songwriting and musicianship. After leaving the band in 2002, guitarist Graham Coxon returns and this is also a welcome return.
The latter section of the album has a certain David Bowie meets The Cure feel to it in some places.
Overall this is a highly rewarding album that survives repeat listens.
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