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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for Blur/Gorillaz's Damon Albarn was inspired by Icelandic and was originally planned as an orchestral project for Lyon's Fête des Lumieres.
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  1. 90
    While lockdown may have forced Albarn and many others through a dark period, it’s produced some of his most awe-inspiring work.
  2. Nov 9, 2021
    80
    An arresting blend of ecopoetics and meditations on grief.
  3. Nov 9, 2021
    80
    The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows is a lovely album, and a big step forward from Albarn’s previous solo effort, Everyday Robots.
  4. Uncut
    Nov 9, 2021
    80
    Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows is soaked in a peculiar English melancholy. ... Best of all is the closer “Particles”, one of Albarn’s finest melodies, a woozy, drumless ballad based around a pretty Wurlitzer electric piano riff and a creepy electronic drone that gives the song a hymn-like quality. [Dec 2021, p.22]
  5. Mojo
    Nov 9, 2021
    80
    May prove to be one of the most beautiful, tangentially produced artefacts of our strange and uncertain times. [Dec 2021, p.82]
  6. Nov 9, 2021
    60
    It won't appeal to those who prefer his party anthems and vibrant disco, but for those who want to see yet another side to this most prolific of musical minds, it's a voyage worth taking.