It's been four years since Blur's last studio album, 13.

It's been four years since Blur's last studio album, 13. Between then and now, lead singer Damon Albarn has participated in two side projects, Gorillaz (dance/electronic) and Mali Music (world music). From this, one might expect Think Tank to veer into a world-dance fusion—especially with names like Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) and William Orbit figuring into the production mix. But Think Tank is that and much more. Guitars (most are not from recently departed guitarist Graham Coxon), ambient flourishes, and a variety of beats and rhythms create a sweetly exotic, at times rough-around-the-edges foundation. Guess what? Albarn, who wonders about love throughout, while watching "the world spinning gently out of time" (the Talking Heads-hued "Out of Time"), sounds positively at home. The calm before the (next) storm, perhaps.—MP