I've been listening to the new Gorillaz album for a day, and figured I'd give you the lowdown on the recently released album.
It feels like it has more in common with the self-titled album than Demon Days. I don't know exactly why I feel that way- maybe because the album feels a bit more sprawling rather than being a more concentrated experience, as Demon Days was.
If you haven't jumped on the Gorillaz bandwagon yet, this maybe not necessarily be the best place to start. Blur frontman, Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett are responsible for creating this cartoon band back in 2000/2001. It seems as if they are willing to test out any style of music within the albums, but many of the songs are based in hip hop or rock.
This new album does dabble in some symphonic segues, and is pretty heavy in hip hop guests. Snoop Dogg is on track 2 "Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach" and while you would think that this would be a stand out track, it's not one of my favorites. To be honest, I'm partial to the tracks where Albarn takes the lead and sings over creative beats/arrangements.
Here are my favorite tracks: Rhinestone Eyes, Superfast Jellyfish, Glitter Freeze, Some Kind of Nature, Empire Ants and To Binge.
There are other great tracks, but I do think the album is a little bogged down with less concentrated hip hop cameos. I have a feeling I'll end up liking all of it in time, but some of the rapping is less accessible to the general listener because of the lack of structure. Like I said though, this could be the genius of it all and I might end up enjoying it a lot in the long run.
Embedding is disabled, but you can listen to a couple tracks
HERE (Super Fast Jellyfish)
Definitely worth the time to check out (if for no other reason than to see Bruce Willis' cameo in Stylo.) Overall, I give the new Gorillaz album an official "thumbs up" and recommend it to anyone who liked the first two albums.