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  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B004773DTW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe return with a new studio album

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"A distinct sparkle and the element of quirkiness that the band has always had." -- Clash

"Older, wiser but no less optimistic."
-- Music Week

"Rather than an excercise in pastiche, Blanc Burn sounds completely comfortable in its 2011 skin... Withering, witty and clever." -- **** MOJO

"Rather than an exercise in pastiche, Blanc Burn sounds completely comfortable in its 2011 skin."
-- MOJO ****

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Missing-in-action for twenty-five-odd years, Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe (Blancmange) return with an album that sounds remarkably like classic Blancmange. Arthur's Lancastrian brogue remains central to their anomalous electronic pop style, and brings both an earthy realism and an indisputable identity to the proceedings. He's also brought some excellent songs with him. Both "The Western" and "By The Bus Stop @ Woolies" wouldn't have sounded out of place on 1982's "Happy Families" collection and "I'm Having A Coffee" is as wonderfully mundane as the title suggests; as is "Don't Forget Your Teeth".

When it looks as if they're going to get all popstar and celebrity girlfriend on our behinds, it's marginally disappointing to discover that the uncharacteristically titled "Stardiddler" (title changed to save Amazon's blushes) isn't even remotely connected to the Rolling Stones' "Star Star". Apart from that minor frustration, it's all good.
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After several listens to Blancmange's new album (loving the artwork by the way) it's grown on me, and the mixture of their original style and some contemporary influences (Hot Chip for example) seems to work well. The final track was somewhat jarring but the rest - particularly the pulsing 'The Western' and pleasingly quirky 'I'm Having a Coffee' are all good stuff. Seeing them perform live just after listening to the album for the first time helped massively, and it's been like greeting an old friend after a long absence; one who has certainly changed but is still instantly recognisable.
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I was a fan of Blacmange back in their 80s heyday and particularly loved their first two albums.I bought the remasters a few years ago with all the extras and really enjoyed 'rediscovering' just how good much of their early material was.Once I'd heard that a new album was due more than twenty five years since their last I just had to buy it.

Well after a first listen what did I think? Okay springs to mind but that's about it. I always thought Blancmage's best tracks were the more upbeat and rhythmic ones. When I'd read that old cohort Pandit Dinesh was on board too all looked promising.I just don't think they play to their strengths enough on this album.There are some okay tracks such as The Western, I'm Having A Coffee and Don't Let These Days. However if I was looking for a single from the album I would be struggling. There's certainly nothing of the standard of Feel Me,Living On The Ceiling,Blind Vision or Don't Tell Me. I'm glad to see that Neil's humour still shines through though.

I don't want to put people off buying this album. It's good to see the likes of Blancmange recording new material and we should support them. Perhaps the album will grow on me the more I hear it.Let's hope this is the first of many new releases from Neil and Stephen.
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Been waiting for this for some months now with great anticipation, and boy was it worth it.
A mixture of tunes showing a modern twist and sounds from their past.
I've heard that they are also working on some extended remixes on tracks from the album.
Very northern, very synthy and very Blancmange. Welcome back boys i love your new album :)
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I only came across this album a few months back when I noticed Blancmange scheduled to play a gig at a venue local to me in MK (unfortunately cancelled). As another reviewer said, this is an album that grows on you. Blanc Burn has good humour, some deeper observations on modern life, nice tunes, and a lot of variety. If you liked Blancemange back in the 80s (or didn't but have now reached the stage where Absolute 80s is your go to radio channel) you should definitely have a punt. It won't suit everyone; the guys have moved on over 30 years and - more importantly in this regard - so have we; anyone looking for a magical carpet ride back to their youth through music is unfortunately wearing rose tinted specs. But it's great music in its own right, here in 2015.

They now have a more recent album than this out, Semi Detached, which I'll be buying after writing this. And for any returning fans - Neil Arthur also had a solo album out in the mid 90s.
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Being a big big fan of Blancmange in the past I really was overjoyed to see they had released this new album but unfortunately it is nothing like them of old, apart from one track. The rest are a mix of fun tracks and very very average tracks. Was really hoping to hear the Blancmange sound I loved and sadly it is no more. Big let down and not one that will be played very often.
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When I heard that Arthur and Luscombe were working together again I was very excited to hear what the fruits of their work would be. I was not disappointed. Despite most I'm not stuck on 80s Blancmange and I don't believe "Living on the Ceiling" is the be-all and end-all. Have an open mind with new material from "old" artists and you won't be disappointed. Their first album since the highly underrated Believe You Me (1985) is a joy to hear. All the hallmarks of the Blancmange sound are here and, yes, there are one or two tracks that resemble "Living on the Ceiling"/"Don't Tell Me" with sitar, indian percussion etc. But mostly Blanc Burn is a clean slate and an entirely new, refreshing and 21st century version of Blancmange. Favourite tracks are "Drive Me", "Ultraviolent", "The Western", "Probably Nothing" and "Having a Coffee". Sadly, this is also the last album involving Luscombe who has since bowed out through ill-health and left Arthur to run the Blancmange name as a solo act.
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