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After last years release of "Plastic Beach" I was excited to see what direction Damon Albarn would steer the band in with their new release. A band renowned for their musical collaborations/ visual stage presence and studio-heavy recordings would surely have something good for us to feast our ears upon third time round right?
The word on the street is that Damon Albarn made this album using an Ipad whilst the band where on their "Plastic Beach" Tour in America. So would pure talent drive a band to produce a hit record, when their previous releases have relied favorably on their studio time?
The album is very different to the Gorillaz we know well; if your looking for interesting collaborations and chart-topping hip-hop beats then you're looking in the wrong place completely. There are two ways of looking at this album, you can either appreciate the fact that the artist has dared to be different and put something different back into the world of music......
or, you can think that this is the Gorillaz releasing and absolute crap-sandwich of a record purely because they can; and with enough advertising anything can sell.
Personally after the 3rd listen i'm still in two-minds about this album, certain tracks really arrest my senses ; "Revolving Doors" with it's beautiful melody with soft lyrics that just lie gently within a heartbeat of a bass guitar, and the exciting mix of acoustic guitar, smokey voice and funky beat of "Hillbilly man" and the subtle atmospheric sounds of "Amarilio" . Apart from that, the rest of the songs are just filler; this album could have easily been cut in half and still have some room for a B-Side.
While the brave attempt to produce a studio album on an Ipad is one I respect, I can't help but feel that this album would have benefited from further time in the studio with proper recording facilities. However it does bring to light that artists out there without the luxury of being able to afford studio time can still produce a half-decent album. Overall this album is pretty chilled out and is interesting at times, offering some unique perspectives on musical genre; it just purely lacks ambition and drive.
It makes you wonder whether the Gorillaz are still that great band that gave us "Demon Days" or simply nothing but a marketing campaign. At least Damon Albarn got a free Ipad!
~~THE FINER DETAILS~~
1.Phoner To Arizona
2. Revolving Doors
3. HillBilly Man
6. Little Pink Plastic Bags
7. The Joplin Spider
8. The Parish of Space Dust
9. The Snake In Dallas
11. The Speak It Mountains
12. Aspen Forest
13. Bobby In Phoenix (ft. Bobby Womack)
14. California And The Slipping Of The Sun
15. Seattle Yodel
Total Length: 43mins 20sec
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Phoner To Arizona
2 Revolving Doors
3 HillBilly Man
6 Little Pink Plastic Bags
7 The Joplin Spider
8 The Parish of Space Dust
9 The Snake In Dallas
11 The Speak It Mountains
12 Aspen Forest
13 Bobby In Phoenix (feat. Bobby Womack)
14 California And The Slipping Of The Sun
15 Seattle Yodel