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The Good, the Bad & The Queen: The Good, the Bad & The Queen

Simon Reynolds, Observer Music Monthly, 9 December 2007

Observer Music Monthly's album of the year 2007

IN RECENT YEARS, Damon Albarn has cut a David Byrne-like figure. With his own label that excavates worthy world-y musics, and his score to the "circus opera" Monkey: Journey to the West (recalling Byrne's collaboration with Twyla Tharp), Blur's frontman has matured into one of those honourable elder types that plug away at mildly ambitious projects long after their pop moment has passed.

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