Blur, "Fool's Day"
Blur's first single in seven years was released in conjunction with Record Store Day, and the 7-inch single-limited to 1,000 copies in the United Kingdom sold out almost instantaneously. The U.K. rock veterans have returned with a breezy minimalist pop tune in "Fool's Day," one that's light on production and heavy on descriptive lyrics. Singer Damon Albarn walks listeners through a typical day in his hometown, and truth be told, it's hardly a rocking lifestyle: "Porridge done, I take my kid to school / Past the pound shop and Woolworths." The track's reference to a "cool day in summertime" fits snugly with the song's carefree nature, but ultimately "Fool's Day" lacks a memorable chorus to tie everything together. Here's hoping for more new, and better, Blur in the short run.-Evan Lucy