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Are Blur Going to Make a New Album?

By May 7, 2013

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Some bands from the 1990s have reunited recently to work on new albums, while a few others -- like System of a Down -- simply get back together to tour off and on. One group that has been part of that latter category is Blur, the celebrated Britpop quartet who battled it out with their archrival Oasis for dominance of the U.K. charts. They've played festivals like Coachella of late, but it now appears they're ready to reunite in a more significant way.

Billboard reports that during a recent Hong Kong show, frontman Damon Albarn announced from the stage, "We have a week in Hong Kong, and we thought it would be a good time to try and record another record." If that attempt bears fruit, it would result in the first studio album from the group in 10 years. (In the last few years, they've put out compilation albums, including 2009's Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur.)

Of course, the possibility of a formal Blur reunion that included new music has been discussed for years, with Albarn usually dismissing the idea. (That's hardly a surprise considering how busy he is with other projects like Gorillaz.) But a new album could be well-timed, especially in the States, where Blur were always more of a cult band back in the day but have grown in stature during their absence. And, hey, maybe Blur's comeback would encourage Oasis to get back together? Yeah, probably not.

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