Think Tank

Label
EMI Catalogue
Release date
27 Jul 2012
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
57:32

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Ambulance 5:09 109,694
2 Out of Time 3:52 256,091
3 Crazy Beat 3:15 136,493
4 Good Song 3:09 154,583
5 On the Way to the Club 3:47 106,142
6 Brothers and Sisters 3:47 104,699
7 Caravan 4:36 105,276
8 We've Got a File On You 1:02 107,188
9 Moroccan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club 3:03 77,996
10 Sweet Song 4:01 116,167
11 Jets 6:26 93,237
12 Gene By Gene 3:49 84,191
13 Battery in Your Leg (Includes 'Me, White Noise') 11:36 2,886

About this album

Think Tank is Blur’s seventh and last album to date. It was released in the UK on 5 May 2003. The cover art is a stencil by the famous graffiti artist Banksy. In sonic terms, this album is distinct from earlier Blur records as it relies more on electronic and minimal textures instead of typical Britpop signifiers like big guitars and anthemic pacing. The lyrical themes deal with subjects related to modern British club culture and partying, as well as relationships and personal character problems. Many references to clubbing, consumption, and spur of the moment impulses are scattered throughout different songs. These illicit allusions ultimately led to the album receiving a Parental Advisory logo - Think Tank is the only Blur album to get this rating.

To record the album, Blur relocated to Morocco. Some have argued this change of scenery has obvious effects on the album as many songs have “non-Western” world melodies and sounds. On top of this geographic move, the band integrated new players into their mix. Fatboy Slim mixes two of the tracks (“Crazy Beat” and “Gene by Gene”) giving parts of the album a dance music feel. During the recording of this album, the guitarist Graham Coxon quit the band; to many Blur fans, this was very upsetting, as Coxon was highly regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of contemporary times. Allegedly, the group confronted and clashed with Coxon’s alcoholism and had other unresolved disputes.

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