Blur Confirm New Album

Damon Albarn confirms the band will release a new record after his new solo effort comes out.

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Blur frontman Damon Albarn has confirmed plans for the band to release their first new album in 10 years.

Despite a short series of single releases including "Fool's Day" and "Under the Westway," it will be their first LP since "Think Tank" in 2003.

The band first attempted a new album in 2012, but Albarn reportedly halted the sessions. He went on to announce plans to record again in Hong Kong in May, and bassist Alex James later said the sessions went "very well." Today's announcement is the first confirmation that the band is en route to releasing an official record, according to Gigwise.

The rest of the Blur lineup may have some time to wait, though. Albarn is currently in New York promoting his musical "Monkey: Journey to the West," and is preparing to release a solo record produced by XL Records head honcho Richard Russell.

"Making a solo record is can be such a disaster, so I thought if we're going to make a record with my name on it, I should get someone to really produce it take that responsibility away from myself. Richard does the kind of rhythmic side of it and I do everything else," he said.

Will Blur's new album live up to the standard set by their 90s work, or even Albarn's more recent projects like Gorillaz? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    Here's hoping it's as good as I think it will be. And then Damon will hopefully get back into Gorillaz full force, with an album in 2015, perhaps? One can only hope!
    Under the Westway is one of my favorite Blur songs. Hope it's in the new album!
    Saw them live a few days ago. I was never a huge Blur fan, but they blew me away!
    I like Blur but I thought Under the Westway was awful. If that's indicative of the direction they're going in then I'm not bothered. Of course that was a stand-alone single so they could release something that absolutely rocks. Never know.
    Will Blur's new album live up to the standard set by their 90s work? Is that a rhetorical question?
    There was a time when all I wanted was Blur to make a new album. These days I feel like they should just do whatever they are happy with. I hope that this is what is going on.