Everyday Robots - Damon Albarn
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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. Apr 22, 2014
    80
    Everyday Robots is a less ebullient, more intimate and reflective affair, as befits the tentative revelation of a man's soul. [May 2014, p.63]
  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: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  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 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. Apr 29, 2014
    9
    Absolutely mesmerizing debut by Damon Albarn. Complex and personal. Everyday Robots is sharp twist on the age old theme of Nature vs. Technology. For me, the key standout songs from the album are Hollow Ponds, Hostiles, Everyday Robots, and Lonely Press Play.

    One of the best albums to come out so far in the year, I can't wait to hear Damon play this album live. A must have for Blur or Gorillaz fans, and a fairly enjoyable listen even for those who aren't.
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  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 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 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. May 7, 2014
    6
    Not exactly what I expected from such an exciting person. The album is on the quiet side. And where is the fun? Seriously, it sounds like a batch of old songs that he never dared to release. Expand
  6. May 5, 2014
    6
    The debut album of Blur and Gorillaz frontman. It is clear that he is aiming for the same melancholic mood of Plastic Beach, my favorite Gorillaz album. He partially succeeds.

    The lyrics and Damon's vocal performance are pretty great, while the music is a little lacking. It's not as diverse as Plastic Beach, not as memorable, and it's a little boring especially that it doesn't capture one's attention.

    Of course there are tracks that i liked, and will continue to listen to in the foreseeable future; unfortunately they are few in number. These tracks are: Lonely Press Play, The Selfish Giant, and You & Me.
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  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 any day...even the few Blur songs I know Expand

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