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  • Summary: The veteran Britpop outfit's first new album in four years is the result of tumultuous recording sessions in Morocco with producer Fatboy Slim, which saw a growing dispute between co-founders Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon culminate in Coxon's departure from the band. Fatboy Slim only wound up producing two tracks, with William Orbit handling some of the others. Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 'Think Tank' is an extraordinary record that pushes boundaries and sets new standards.
  2. 100
    The album shuffles and grooves like Fela Kuti sloshed on gin and tonics. [June 2003, p.100]
  3. 90
    Invigorating and intriguing, as hummable as it is inventive... it's also possibly the best thing Blur have done. [May 2003, p.88]
  4. If it is the end, Blur has gone out kicking as always.
  5. Tank isn't simply a departure. It's also a collage of the best Blur have done.
  6. Think Tank, then, is neither the best Blur album nor the worst; rather, it's a unique creature, guaranteed to be the oddball in the band's catalogue.
  7. Sure, it might be easier to accept if it was called a Damon Albarn solo album, but that's splitting hairs. A lousy album is a lousy album, no matter who gets credit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 54
  2. Negative: 2 out of 54
  1. May 11, 2011
    10
    Ironically enough, one of Blur's best albums. Crafted at a rather nice time when Albarn had a slew of new ideas. Without Coxon, Albarn takes the lead here and blows the lid off of experimentation. With songs like Caravan, Out of Time, Battery In Your Leg, and Sweet Song it really never goes wrong. The guitar work here may not be as innovative or skillful as Coxon's, but the creative use and splashes of guitar string together a rather nice atmosphere. Without Coxon, Albarn hits new strides of experimentation and ultimately crafts a masterpiece of an album. This is without a doubt in my mind the most underrated album ever. Expand
  2. Aug 13, 2012
    10
    Don't let Metacritic fool you, this is nowhere near Britpop. Anyway, it's amazing for Blur's last album (for now that is, we'll see in the future). Interesting, odd, tender, touching, are some of the few words that can describe this magnificent album. Expand
  3. Jun 3, 2011
    10
    I've never been much of a Blur fan, but this album creates a whole new feeling towards them. Think Tank is a perfectly produced album. One of the best produced albums I've heard in quite a long time actually. Each track has a different layer of music that's not only catchy and great, but equally impressive and original. Nothing you've ever heard before, I guarantee that. All In All, Think Tank is an astonishing record that should not go missed by anyone that really enjoys music as much as I do. A Expand
  4. j30
    Dec 7, 2011
    10
    Think Tank is a classic in it's own right. It's amazing that each track is so different, yet it all fits as a whole, cohesive piece of pop-rock art. It's not only in my top ten of that year, but of all-time. Expand
  5. Feb 15, 2013
    10
    With Coxon departing the band to pursue his own solo career, blur were left to focus on Albarns weird influences, but what end product can those influences deliver. Think tank sounds quite nothing like blurs early material with African, hip hop, electronic, experimental melodies enriching their music as a whole, while the britpop is abandoned completely. The sounds can even picture those early to mid 20th century films who take place deep down the ocean with people wearing those underwater helmets presented well by Banksy on the albums artwork. Even though the music is filled with melancholy, it can still put a smile on your face especially while lying in the sun and discovering all the beauties of the world and your own mind through it or being in nature emptying the previously mentioned mind from useless thoughts. The adventure begins with ambulance and ends with a battery in your leg, which is the only track with Coxon contributing. Without any further ado, we should agree that putting Albarn in full control was the best thing that could have happened to blur as it has taken them to the musically higher level. With songs like brothers and sisters, on the way to the club, caravan and more, blur have shown and highlighted the direction in which Albarn has departed while keeping the bands sound recognisable. That sound filled with water associations can make your tears come down, drowning anything you've heard so far and making it one of the best albums of the last decade. Expand
  6. Jun 28, 2013
    9
    The pioneers of Britpop preferred using heavy sounds, atmospheric and electronic instead of his Britpop roots or Alternative Rock late nineties. The way in which the change of style is quite obvious as it looks a very emotional after the departure of Coxon, Sweet Song I mean, it's pretty good, I must admit. In Gene by Gene and Crazy Beat added more instruments to fill the void left by Coxon. But they did it in a way that really works Expand
  7. Dec 6, 2013
    7
    Graham Coxon's absences from Thinktank see's Damon Albarn's creativity unshackled. Blur have always been regarded as the more "arty" alternative to Britpop. I have always thought Blur were given a bit too much credit for being experimental in the 90's. Blur had some classic singles in their day but when they were experimental, it was often with fairly boring or rubbish results with only the occasional idea that really came off well. Here, the experimentation pays off nicely for the most part and Thinktank is one of the few Blur records that doesn't lean heavily on hit singles. The album carries itself with confidence and maturity and is only a couple of tracks short of being great.

    It's a pity that this was their last proper record had Albarn concentrated his musical output over the last 10 years into Blur going down this direction they could have gone on to make a few records to match Radiohead.
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