THINK TANK album-makers Blur feel frustrated by reviews of their albums - because a real appreciation takes longer.

The PARKLIFE band, who took four years to make their last album, believe listeners will get a better idea of the album than critics will because the music becomes part of their lives.

Frontman Damon Albarn explains, "What (reviewers) say are first impressions, which unfortunately is the way that our whole system works. Everything is derived from that first impression.

"And actually most music with any kind of longevity is going take a lot longer to reveal itself to you.

"Because of the necessity to get albums reviewed and sort of out there, in the context of marketing, I think the whole language in which we describe music is not a true one. Because I think no music really is what it is immediately as to what it is future tense."

Bassist Alex James agrees a positive review is always a pleasure to read, but admits he tries not to take much notice of them.

He says, "(The album) becomes much more substantial when it's sort of based in, when it's got a time context, when it's sort of become a part of your life and you can say what it is better.

"I mean it's nice to be reassured by good reviews, but really the only person who knows how good what you've done is you. You're the only person that can judge your work."

08/08/2003 19:03