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  • Summary: The solo debut release for the Blur frontman features guest appearances from Brian Eno, Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan, and The Leytonstone City Mission Choir.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Apr 30, 2014
    100
    Albarn has just unveiled quite arguably the best album of his career--solo or otherwise--with Everyday Robots.
  2. Apr 28, 2014
    80
    Musically, there's an intelligence that extends way beyond the churning indie anthems of Albarn's youth.
  3. 80
    ["Mr Tembo" is] a rare moment of extrovert cheer on an intimate, introspective album that takes tentative steps to reveal the soul behind the star.
  4. The relationship between the music and Albarn’s voice deepens the album’s theme.
  5. Apr 29, 2014
    75
    For an artist who has capably proved he can do pretty much anything, Everyday Robots is perfectly modest in its ambitions. But it's still full of winning surprises--even if they aren't as worthy as a pub band sit-in.
  6. Apr 28, 2014
    70
    Robots is decidedly lowercase music, more a piece of his puzzle than a picture on its own.
  7. Apr 24, 2014
    40
    Though deftly orchestrated, Everyday Robots feels deflated and aimless, and the nature-versus-technology theme frequently results in clichés.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 14, 2014
    10
    I absolutely dont see why this albums overall score is so dismal come on, just because its not "Happy" or "Feel good" jeez. For the musicI absolutely dont see why this albums overall score is so dismal come on, just because its not "Happy" or "Feel good" jeez. For the music critics who gave this album a forty or lower, let me just say. Your taste sucks. And instead of ruining a good albums score why dont you go ruin Miley's new single. Or anyone else who sends out **** 24/7 for money. (People here are smarter than the Critics) Expand
  2. Jul 2, 2015
    10
    An amazing album from an amazing artist, everyday robots is inventive, has a ton of variety, and is an album that deserves a lot of mainstreamAn amazing album from an amazing artist, everyday robots is inventive, has a ton of variety, and is an album that deserves a lot of mainstream attention Expand
  3. Apr 30, 2014
    9
    I am loving the album. Although I must say I was expecting a little bit more memorable tunes. The songs that come out the most are The SelfishI am loving the album. Although I must say I was expecting a little bit more memorable tunes. The songs that come out the most are The Selfish Giant, You & Me and Photographs (You Are Taking Now). Expand
  4. Aug 3, 2014
    7
    I've got no issue with artists taking a step into darker, broodier territory. My favorite Beck album is Sea Change. However, this is probablyI've got no issue with artists taking a step into darker, broodier territory. My favorite Beck album is Sea Change. However, this is probably my least favorite record from Damon since The Fall (Gorillaz). Coming from a big Blur and Gorillaz fan, I definitely respect the gesture and am happy that Damon is experimenting - something that lured me to Blur and Gorillaz in the first place. Now, don't get me wrong, I do like this record. Some songs I like quite a bit actually. The problem is the hit-or-miss quality to the songwriting. I find the production suits the style perfectly and the instrumental choices work well, however, the songwriting sometimes falls flat. If you enjoyed Damon's work previously, I implore you check this record out. Regardless if you enjoy it, you must appreciate the experimental and introspective nature of this shift. Expand
  5. Jun 11, 2015
    7
    Damon Albarn is certainly one of the genius of contemporary music. Blur made nice brit-pop in the nineties, but Gorillaz have been an amazingDamon Albarn is certainly one of the genius of contemporary music. Blur made nice brit-pop in the nineties, but Gorillaz have been an amazing project that mixed graphic design and mainstream music. This record, anyway, sounds really tired off, even if some tracks (Everyday Robots, The Selfish Giant, You & Me, Hollow Ponds, Photographs, The History of a Cheating Heart) have great melancholic melodies and the production is on point, being minimal and refined. Expand
  6. Apr 30, 2015
    7
    "Everyday Robots" has a few standout gems but for the most part Albarn slowly ushers proceedings along. It's not bad and he's managed to keep"Everyday Robots" has a few standout gems but for the most part Albarn slowly ushers proceedings along. It's not bad and he's managed to keep the level of quality at a consistently decent level. Unfortunately I think we're entitled to expect a bit more than this for Albarns' first solo album after over 20 years in the music industry. It starts well with an intriguing loop driving the brilliant, melancholic title track. "Hostiles" is one of the best tracks on the record, followed by the breezy "Lonely Press Play". "Mr Tembo" has a tropical feel and sees Albarn let loose a little. From this point on the material is stop start and is more difficult to engage with. Its never really boring but too often it fails to grab you in a meaningful way. Had Damon Albarn not had so many side projects over his incredibly prolific career up to now, his debut might have been an all time classic. Instead what we have is a very downbeat affair which is vaguely interesting to the casual listener. Expand
  7. May 5, 2014
    4
    Didn't like this at all. Too dark and melancholy....and boring. I don't think his voice suits that kind of style. Prefer Gorillaz anyDidn't like this at all. Too dark and melancholy....and boring. I don't think his voice suits that kind of style. Prefer Gorillaz any day...even the few Blur songs I know Expand

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