Think Tank (Special Edition)
Label: Parlophone UK
Blur's seventh album, Think Tank, would eventually break up the band (guitarist Graham Coxon only appears on "Battery in Your Leg"). This is palpably a Damon Albarn affair -- it's more loose and lush, with dance, hip-hop, dub and African influences that hew more toward his work with Gorillaz than anything previously released by Blur (except for maybe "Song 2" sequel "Crazy Beat"). Nonetheless, it's still a gorgeous and rather seamless piece of work, with undulating rhythms gathering alongside a world's supply of string instruments and even a Moroccan orchestra on "Out of Time."