Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

18. Blur
The Magic Whip

If there is a motto to attach to Blur's eighth studio album, it's undoubtedly "Good things come to those who wait." After an unlikely reunion in 2009, Blur slowly and carefully made their return without really committing to much other than some large outdoor gigs.

Prompted by a five-day layover in Hong Kong, The Magic Whip isn't merely a comeback album, but one of the band's best yet. It's the soundtrack to a 40-something life, far removed from the days of Britpop and now full of melancholy and reflection, but also bursting at the seams with curiosity and initiative. Graham Coxon described it as "sci-fi folk music," but Blur's first album in 12 years is so much more than that. It's the sound of a band hungry again and, in many respects, better than ever.
Cam Lindsay