Blur Return With “Under the Westway”
July 3, 2012, 6:41 PM
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Damon Albarn has always been one of our favorite songwriters. It should serve as no surprise, then, that we rank Blur right up there next to Radiohead as one of the finest British groups to come out of the 90’s. Unfortunately, though, while Radiohead spent most of the past decade releasing excellent material and redefining what it means to be an alternative rock band, Blur spent most of the 00’s… kind of doing nothing. True, 2003’s Think Tank is a fantastic and underrated LP, but between Graham Coxon leaving the band for six years and Albarn busying himself with other projects, it was a long stretch from Think Tank to the band’s 2010 Record Store Day single, “Fool’s Day”. Now Blur are set to headline the closing ceremony at the Olympic Games in London, alongside New Order and the Specials, in Hyde Park on August 1. Better yet, it would seem they’ve even written some new material for the occasion, in the form of two new songs that were just released yesterday. While “The Puritan” kind of sounds like an outtake from the last Gorillaz album, “Under the Westway” is classic Blur, recalling the melancholic majesty of tracks like “Best Days” and “The Universal”. Really digging the harmonies on this one too; in fact, I’d almost say that Coxon’s vocal support was missed nearly as much as his guitar work. You can download the two new tracks on iTunes right now, or wait for the 7″ to drop on August 6 via Parlophone.