The Magic Whip Reviews

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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by tom_cas1 » 13 Apr 2015, 16:56

Thanks for posting, Sean, great interview!
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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by He's So High » 13 Apr 2015, 17:12

Yeah thanks for that.

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Re: NEW ALBUM: The Magic Whip

Post by rich » 13 Apr 2015, 17:14

fascinating, many thanks!
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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by Sushi » 13 Apr 2015, 17:40

jayums wrote:Early review copies are only sent out to friendlies who are going to give good reviews - most broadsheets will then release reviews later on.

The first bunch of early reviews at the start of the month were in all likelihood invited to listen to the album - they don't actually have physical copies. Sometimes you might get sent watermarked versions. But I bet none of these first reviewers did.

Later reviews are more likely to be a little more honest and critical, or some overly negative - pissed off journos with an axe to grind who weren't given a copy for early review!

Regardless, my first impression was that the album is great. It doesn't have a killer single that's going to get much airplay, so I just can't see this album being huge commercially. 50,000 units in the UK wouldn't be bad. We'll see. I'm sure Blur were under some pressure from their record company to put something out, EMI milked them to death with the 21 box set, and now Warner in all likelihood wanted their pound of flesh.

Blur have done something that's quite unusual and old fashioned - they've made an accessible, coherent album that stands up in quality from start to finish (I'm looking at you, Think Tank) - not one or two shiny singles on top of a stinking, fat mountain of filler, which is par for the course these days.

Interesting perspective, thanks! That was always kind of my suspicion. It seems similar to when more unknown blogs/publications write about my band or any other local/regional bands; they never have a single bit of criticism to offer because it's a symbiotic relationship. They say, "hey, check out this great band" and the band says "hey check out this great article in this great publication". It's all a game! Still though, your take on the album still makes it seem promising. Who do you write for? Also in what way did you hear the album?
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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by sebastianZeal » 13 Apr 2015, 18:01

What ratining did the former Blur albums get from NME?

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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by My Name Is Mud » 13 Apr 2015, 18:43

Good man Sean. Fun reading, that. :)
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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by He's So High » 13 Apr 2015, 18:49

sebastianZeal wrote:What ratining did the former Blur albums get from NME?
I'm not sure about their contemporary ratings, but in the recent Blur special/retrospective they did, they gave:

Leisure 7/10
MLIR 10/10
Parklife 9/10
TGE 7/10
Blur 8/10
13 8/10
Think Tank 8/10

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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by 101reykjavik » 13 Apr 2015, 19:04

13 got 8/10?! And the same as Think Tank? Are they deaf? :roll:
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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by SeverHense » 13 Apr 2015, 19:09

The NME gave 13 a 6/10, no?

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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by Daysleeper » 13 Apr 2015, 19:39

When 13 came out Nme gave it a 6.

In the nme blur special that was brought out a couple of years ago, they reevaluated the albums and it got an 8.

The original review was very negative!

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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by tom_cas1 » 13 Apr 2015, 19:42

They re-evaluated the album and shot the original reviewer. 6/10?! Hahahahahahaha.
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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by sebastianZeal » 13 Apr 2015, 19:49

So, a potential bad 8/10 from NME means eventually that The Magic Whip will be even better than 13...

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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by munch » 13 Apr 2015, 20:15

Guess it's my turn

Leisure 10/10
Modern Life is Rubbish 10/10
Parklife 10/10
The Great Escape 10/10
Blur 10/10
13 10/10
Think Tank 10/10


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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by northernmonkey » 13 Apr 2015, 20:22

4/5 or 8/10 are still great review scores and suggest a great album which is about right but I agree about the lack of negative review comments. I agree with the reason it doesn't hit full marks is because it hasn't got a Tender or Song 2 but at the same time I think it has plenty of radio friendly songs and one of the rare albums that doesn't have a filler or even a remotely bad or average song on it. Even as a hardcore fan, I thought too much time had passed for them to be able to deliver an album that could stand up against their greatest from the 90's and looking forward to getting hold of the actual album to mix these songs up with their previous work. :)

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Re: The Magic Whip Reviews

Post by munch » 13 Apr 2015, 20:29

I think there is no doubt it's 'as good as' most of their previous albums. Just a question of will it better than any of them? Won't know till a few months after release i think
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