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Think Tank [Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics]

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  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B0000931OG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Compared to the brash pop of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz side project and 1999's overtly emotional 13, Think Tank is a soulful and subtle affair—its tone possibly traceable to the departure of founding member Graham Coxon midway through its recording. There are classic Blur rock moments here, notably "Crazy Beat," which is cut from the same cloth as the classic "Song 2," and the painfully short but brilliant "We've Got a File On You," which sounds like agitprop punks Crass mixed up with a Moroccan snake charmer. But while Albarn still has an ear for a melody, without Coxon's guitars to subvert them, most of these songs sound like the work of a new band. "Caravan"'s sleepy rhythm plods at a camel's pace, while "Gene by Gene" employs cross rhythms to evoke desert images. Blur is now more about textures rather than standard rock rhythms. Some will find their evolution off-putting, but for fans who appreciate a band that refuses to sit still, Think Tank is a rewarding listen. --Caroline Butler

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sequel to The Life Trilogy May 26, 2003
By Emma
Format:Audio CD
One shouldn't put off 'Think Tank'after only a few listens as, with other Blur albums, it's not instantly likeable. The album takes time to grown on you and when it does, you'd appreciate the journey. I agree that the guitar department lack the creative flair of Coxon, but it's not that greatly missed. Coxon's presence would undoubtedly add an intrinsic vulnerability, tenderness and restraint to the cocky Damon-fest overload that is Think Tank, but this is an extremely enjoyable ride, nevertheless.
I am great fan of their Life(MLIR, Parklife, TGE) trilogy and the series will always have a special place in my heart. However, I enjoy this album much, much more than 'Blur' or '13', a good sign since I've only gotten the album for less than a month, and still on my journey of discovery.
The songs are varied in style, the oompah-pah-fun-fair chassis that defined the three Life albums is still evident (which is a Blur feature that i've always loved), exotic instruments adds interest, Damon's voice, which alternates between a sleepy resentful drawl and a that of a charming naughty boy's, entertains, all of which make for a great listen.
The highlights for me are :
1. Ambulance : crazy casio loops punctuated with tender lyrical moments such as "I was born out of love, It's the only way to get into this world"
2. Out of Time : this is a great example of not trying to hard. A quitely-beautiful genious of simplicity, layered with a background of haunting morrocan orchestra. At first listen it sounded plain, but after awhile it was magic.
3. Good Song: A nice easy tune that conjures images of lazy, carefree days. It's a Good Song, really.
4. Caravan: Beautiful, I expected it to go into guitar overdrive and then remembered that Graham is not in the band anymore.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey... There's A Hidden Track Here December 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
After owning this album for about eight months, I randomly came across the hidden track stowed away on this album. If you begin rewinding the CD just as 'Ambulance,' the first rack, plays, and go back 6:50 you'll find a rather strange track apparently known as 'Me White Noise.' It's a sort of strange electronic track that features Phil Edwards, who also narrated the title track of 'Parklife.' It's not really top drawer material and doesn't belong on the proper album, but it is quite a bit of fun and serves as an instant B-side.
As far as the album itself, I initially had a bit of trepidation as Graham Coxon, Blur's phenomenal ex-guitarist, left the band shortly after recording began. While his avant-garde guitar tones are indeed missed (except for 'Battery In Your Leg,' which does feature some totally eerie guitar from Mr. Coxon), Blur has still managed to put out their best album ever. There isn't a bum track on here and there are multiple highlights which basically include the first six tracks, 'Sweet Song,' and the already mentioned 'Battery In Your Leg.' Damon Albarn, the band's now sole creative master, has learned much from his stint with Gorillaz and Mali Music, and has crafted a wonderful album. While 'Blur' and '13' included heaps of experimentation, it all comes to fruition on 'Think Tank.' The best analogy I can think of is late 70's Bowie. 'Think Tank' creates many new combinations of sound with electronica, North African music, and Brit-pop meshing in a very coherent and catchy way.
I do not hesitate in calling this the best rock album of the year and I would suggest running and buying it now. While all signs point to Blur's creative downfall with 'Think Tank,' they've instead managed to create their greatest masterpiece.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I have already written about the record, I still like it overall and I think the high points far outway the low ones. For a Blur fan, it's ace.
This is basically a review of the limited edition packaging. Which if you haven't figured it out by now, isn't all that great.
It comes as a 6x6 red cloth bound book with Think Tank and a very small printing of the divers art on the front, in gold. Inside there are just pages of lyrics. No Photos, no great Banksy art, no design at all really. I liken it to the Kid A limited edition which, in my opinion, wasn't as good as the regular version either. Both regular versions (Kid A and Think Tank) have a ton more art work, bigger, brighter, and cheaper. I expected a lot more out of Think Tank's packaging, esp. with Banksy on board doing his great stencil art. I instead got a "rushed job" that was a bit more expensive. Hey, at least the music is still good.
So just a little FYI, in case you can't make up your mind about going for this edition of Think Tank, hope this helped.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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And to think, I almost dismissed this album. Heck, this being my second Blur album (yes, I'm so far behind the times, I can barely see straight), I was ready to dismiss them altogether. On first listen, "Ambulance" sounded dissonant and illogically-rooted, with no discernable melody whatsoever. "Crazy Beat" was a bland attempt at gettin' some rockin' on this record, wasn't it? And "Jets" is overlong and masturbatory, right? Yet, I found I couldn't stop listening to this record. It continued to call me, beckoning me to play it... and finally, I had the answers to all my proposed questions.
No, "Ambulance" is a brilliant, confident opener of floating proportions. "Crazy Beat" is far from bland, a "holy crap! Let's go all-out!" in the middle of a rather subdued record. And "Jets," though certainly loopy and near-tiring, is perhaps one of the greatest jazz compositions in recent memory (and on a Blur album to boot). This was the album I had never properly discovered, and I was now discovering it, feeling amongst each of its rhythms for a sense of meaning, for I was to surely "disappear" amongst the folds of Damon Albarn's voice and Alex James's funk-defying bass lines.
And if "Out of Time" were any more beautiful, it'd be illegal. It truly "flows," a masterpiece of BOTH sound and melody, which is certainly a hard thing to create. "Good Song" eats the space between your ears with equal, but perhaps more longing, beauty, reverberating and repeating until your concscious mind is gone and all that is left is the music and you. "Caravan" may seem drab and boring and whatnot at first, but when those keyboards kick in halfway through... you'd better watch out, or you'll find your soul immersed in love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars what do we need is the first time.
Popshit dance funk funky the best way to get the job done in time to get it now and again. The only problem is that the company is looking forward, but I think it was not able the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by 812jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
Very great album that I truly enjoyed to the point of becoming physically excited. Go ahead and buy it man!
Published 9 months ago by Stuart J Stahl
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful
I didn't really like Blur's greatest hits, but thought I'd borrow this disc anyway. Bad idea. Experimental is a good way of saying "really bad". Read more
Published on August 25, 2010 by itravel
4.0 out of 5 stars Blur Phase Three
After the dismal 13, Think Tank is a refreshing recording. The sound is a progression of Music Is My Radar. Read more
Published on April 26, 2010 by DW
5.0 out of 5 stars Darklife
Despite AllMusics glaring 2 out 5 stars review Blur's 2003 effort has a unique appeal and should not be dismissed as a Damon Albarn side project. Read more
Published on April 5, 2010 by Sean A. Schellhammer
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating but fascinating
"Experimental" albums can be tricky beasts. If done well, they can showcase a new and exciting side of a band, but if done poorly they can be self-indulgent messes that confuse and... Read more
Published on March 3, 2010 by H. Jin
5.0 out of 5 stars By Far Blur's Best Album
If you listen to all the Blur albums chronologically, it sounds as if they are gearing up (down?) for this album, especially when you consider 13. Read more
Published on September 8, 2009 by Zeus Jupiter
3.0 out of 5 stars Blurs the line between ok and very good
One of those indie rock-pop light experimenter's that manages to back up enough woozy, hip posturing with catchy, diverse substance and effectively eccentric accentuation to deem... Read more
Published on April 9, 2009 by IRate
3.0 out of 5 stars One great song, plus a lot of good singing.
You'd expect any band to crash and burn after their lead guitarist left. Especially when the band is Blur, whose sound was created by Graham Coxon's scraping, dissonant guitar... Read more
Published on January 31, 2009 by Angry Mofo
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful album that cannot be missed
Blur is a band that instead of starting off great and slowly becoming dull, it is the exact opposite. They started off somewhat bland and just got better and more strange. Read more
Published on November 15, 2008 by N. Ford
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