Music: The Future Never Came

Blur's new album, 13, has an experimental spirit but no focus amid all its electronica distortions

Few sights are more forlorn than an old sci-fi film whose predictions of the future have, with the passing of time, been proved incorrect. We watch the flying cars, the robotic dogs, the pills that expand with a drop of water into seven-course meals and think: "This future's already past. This film was set in 1980; it's 1999 already, and none of this has happened." It's a fate worse than simply being dated. Films set in the hippie '60s or the greedy '80s will always have a time and place; futuristic failures belong nowhere, residing in neither the future nor the...

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