Dr. Dee - Damon Albarn
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  • Summary: The soundtrack to Damon Albarn's opera about Dr. John Dee, a 17th century mathematician, astronomer, and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, includes influences from West African, modern folk and classical music.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. May 8, 2012
    83
    Only with the exquisite, hazily-focused Dr Dee, Albarn has succeeded in alchemically--if not perfectly--transforming cotton and foil into silver and gold.
  2. May 3, 2012
    80
    There's some brave music, and reminders of Albarn's gift for melody.
  3. Jun 13, 2012
    70
    The whole of Dr. Dee is bucolic yet slightly nervy with Albarn's chatty croon acting as yet another gentle breeze wafting through the Arcadian affair. It's not the Damon-pop solo you hoped for. [No.88 p.52]
  4. 63
    Dr Dee's well-defined boundaries mean it lacks the sense of adventure found in previous efforts, but Albarn deserves kudos for such artistic fearlessness.
  5. 60
    The biggest draw comes in the folk-leaning songs. Beginning with "Apple Carts" and concluding with "The Dancing King" there is an Albarn solo album of sorts here, hidden among the stern runes.
  6. May 23, 2012
    50
    An ambitious and unexpected move, sure, but the mix of period strings, vocal choruses and West African percussion (plus Albarn's gloomy score) makes for a dense term paper.
  7. May 7, 2012
    25
    The soundtrack strives for a quirky, melancholy resonance befitting its tragic subject, but too often it comes off as gimmicky and ponderous.

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  1. May 22, 2012
    5
    Nothing to see here... move along. I didn't enjoy this as much as I could have, but I speak for many people in saying that Mr. Albarn should stick to Gorillaz and Blur. Collapse