Saturday, March 06, 2010

Go ape for Plastic Beach


CARTOON creations Gorillaz have done it again, finally following up their 2005 Album Of The Year Demon Days with another star-studded stonker - personally, I shall be staying in Plastic Beach for a good while yet.
There's something for everyone here - from a serious message about global warming to ridiculous comic book plots such as the death of Noodle and her replacement with a robot.
And of course there's the genre-blurring collaborations, with Damon Albarn again bringing in an amazingly diverse array of acts such as Snoop Doggy Dogg, Lou Reed, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Kano, The National Orchestra For Arabic Music, The Clash, Gruff Rhys, Sinfonia ViVA and more.
In fact, the only thing missing from this Gorillaz release is a standout pop single - and the album as a whole is all the better for it, crafting an even landscape of irrepressibly sublime grooves one after another, the picks being Stylo and Empire Ants.
It's Gorilliant.

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