It is hard to believe it has been 9 years since their last album Think Tank. We find the band in fine form with ’Under the Westway’ & ‘The Puritan’, the band’s first new material since the 2010 Record Store Day single Fool’s Day.
‘Under the Westway’ is a melancholic down-tempo ballad with a massive melody and carries certain similarity to ‘Best Days’ (from The Great Escape). A beautiful song plain and simple. Meanwhile ‘The Puritan’ is upbeat and buoyant with much more of a sing-a-long quality to it.
In some ways the two tracks kind of sum up what has made Blur so fantastic throughout the long and glittering career, mixing it up between touching, clever and catchy songs. Maybe that’s just me. Blur will always have a special place in my heart and it is so great to have them back, even if it’s only for a brief visit. Is it too much to hope for a new album? Only time will tell.
Anyway, enough rambling, you can listen to ‘Under the Westway’ & ‘The Puritan’ below and make up your own mind.