With the release of The Magic WhipBlur's first album in over a decade, just around the corner, the guys have put the entire disc up for you to hear early via iTunes First Play.

After reconvening for a handful of shows, the band knew an album was the next step to take, and according to guitarist Graham Coxon, it was a fairly smooth step. “Communication between us has got to a point where it is like telepathy," he recently told The Guardian. "I am comfortable in my role as sonic interpreter of what I think Damon [Albarn] is getting at. Sometimes I get it wrong: sometimes I don’t. I wanted to change the musical environment in such a way that would still support those musical lines. It was a real learning curve for me.”

Coxon goes on to call much of the music being made by current acts as “self-pitying and lightweight."

"I don’t mind a bit of sentimentality," he says, "but a lot of it is so commercial now. There needs to be room for beautiful mistakes, that is how the best music gets made.”

You can listen to The Magic Whip right now at this location; the LP hits the streets on April 28 via Parlophone and marks Blur's first full-length since 2003's Think Tank.

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