our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
It would be
the understatement of the decade to say the the current state
of music is pitiful. Re-hashed, uncreateive pop anthems dominate
the charts, creative underground is misunderstood by the masses
and forced into mainstream status. The music industry has been
looking for a savior of sorts to resurrect the souls that believe
there is hope for a better music tomorrow.
part hip-hop, part dub, fully experimental.
is the mastermind of Dan "The Automator" Nakamura (Handsome
Boy Modeling School and Deltron 3030, among others).
Portrayed as a band of animated characters, courtesy of Jamie
Hewlett (Tank Girl),a.k.a. Murdoc, the "group"
has it's own story of how it all came together as told on their
vocals of David Albarn (2-D) of Blur are splashed among the guitar
of Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori (Noodle), the bass of Hewlett, and
the bouncy rhymes of Del Tha Funky Homosapien (Russel). Naknamura
also manages to pull in the influences of Kid Koala and Ibrahim
Ferrer to help out.
hit to come from Gorillaz is "Clint Eastwood," which
is more to the likes of Deltron 3030, thanks to Del's trademark
flow and witty lyrics. Albarn's wafty voice on the refrain "I
ain't happy, I'm feelin glad, I've got sunshine, in a bag..."
gives "Clint Eastwood" the fun flair that makes it so
likeable. But the fun doesn't stop there. The Gorillaz will lead
you down a path that varies from the dark, harshness of "M1A1"
to the playful, loopy "19/2000." The most noteable treasure
is "Slow Country." Reggae melted over dub, "Slow
Country" is Albarn's highest moment. Unfortunately, his falsetto
gets used a little to often during the course of the album.
The only problem
with all this diversity is finding a suitable home. Fans with
open minds will embrace the Gorillaz, others will stow it away
after the hype dies. Either way, the Gorillaz have created something
entirely new and fresh that is here to save us all.
3. Tomorrow Comes Today
4. New Genious (Brother)
5. Clint Eastwood
6. Man Research (Clapper)
8. Sound Check (Gravity)
9. Double Bass
10. Rock The House
12. Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo)
14. Slow Country
15. M1 A1
16. Clint Eastwood (Ed Case Refix)