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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. TylerSwank
    May 20, 2003
    easily blur's most listenable album from beginning to end. true, albarn demands more of the band's direction, but great music is great music, and i think the rest of the band knows that, so why not? they are getting older, but also refining their methods and learning, bringing something new and interesting to the world which is desperately needed. Absolutely the best album of 2003 as of yet. Expand
  2. Aug 13, 2012
    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. ElfElfi
    Nov 15, 2004
    I love this album!!!!!!!!!
  4. LandonC.
    Jun 28, 2007
    Damon's genius comes through, even without Coxon. Simply amazing.
  5. Jun 17, 2011
    Blur just kept on getting better. While 13 was an interesting experiment, here the gang goes all out jawesome. It's so much more deep than any other Blur album, both lyrically and sonically. There's so many great beats, rhythms, and melodies here to choose from. It's a trip around the world. Expand
  6. matta
    Aug 11, 2005
    Blur's fourth best album (after, in order, Blur, Parklife, and 13), proves that while Coxon's guitar was a nice element in Blur's music, it is not necessarily necessary, because Damon's great songwriting is what really makes Blur tick. Diverse and highly original, this is a great album, Blur for the 21st century. Expand
  7. SusieSing
    May 23, 2003
    What, are we so desperate for good music taht we're praising mediocrity now? I love Blur but this is a tacky and uninspired record; no amount of wishful thinking can change what a flop this is. Maybe it's time to throw in the towel, guys. Expand

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