I’m sure that there were more than a few Blur fans that were hoping “Under The Westway” and “The Puritan” would be shit. Sorry! Both are actually very good, meaning that Damon Albarn will keep dangling the promise of a full reunion in front of you until his death, when his last will and testament shall order the release of two brand new Blur albums, in fifty year’s time, maybe. Until then, Albarn and co. have released two songs that represent some of the best-loved aspects of the band: Everything about “Under The Westway” bursts at the seams with life, from the sublime choruses down to the static-y electronic pulses that navigates the entire song. With the almost hoary synths, “The Puritan” begins like a Gorillaz song, but Graham Coxon’s guitar fiercely claims it for his own band. It’s the work of a markedly older, more mature band, who have managed to find a way to let their music age gracefully with them, despite everything.
“Under The Westway”