Gorillaz - Gorillaz
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  • Summary: Forget concept albums; this is a concept band. Formed by Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Blur's Damon Albarn, Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori, and the Tom Tom Club's Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz (with visuals by "Tank Girl" creator Jamie Hewlett), the Gorillaz are a "virtual" hip-hop outfit of cartoon characters based somewhere in the future. Hey, we don't make this stuff up; we just report it. Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    Cleverly mixes soft-focus hip-hop, trippy space rock and Ennio Morricone-style melodrama with Albarn's unwavering pop melodies.
  2. Albarn is the melodious voice of western pop tradition throughout; at first you might think his are the barmy brains behind this band, but it's just not so. His loose-kneed vocals are like pop tarts in this bumbling hip-hop parade, but it's the bumble that makes the rumble.
  3. The slow rumble of Nakamura's production, Hewlett's outstanding graphic model, even Albarn himself all fuse into a convincing gestalt.
  4. 70
    What could have been hipster reach is multiculti grasp of the sweetest kind. [Jun 2001, p.148]
  5. Much of the album has the odd, rehashed sound of a Blur record produced by the Automator, but the diverse guests keep at least every other song fresh and new.
  6. Inspired by the punky reggae parties of Sandinista!-era Clash, tracks like the dub-rap-rock mutation "Clint Eastwood" and its catchier two-step Rasta remix bring back the exuberance missing from Blur's last album, 13, while running with its anything-goes avant-aesthetic.
  7. It's what you might expect from a bunch of musos playing with Cubase or ProTools: sampled loops, Brixton dub, trip-hoppy tangents. U.N.K.L.E.'s bratty nephew, really, though the album sounds like the group locked the metronome on "heavy funk groove"--chugging and satisfying at first, it feels exhausted by the fifth or sixth track.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 65
  2. Negative: 1 out of 65
  1. ChrisK.
    Dec 23, 2001
    10
    Did you know there is another version of Clint Eastwood after Left hand suzuki method?
  2. VadamercaN
    Jul 27, 2007
    10
    Both energetic and easy-listening, this CD brought together so many fans and listeners, the world could even be saved from global warming. If your looking for pop, rock and hip-hop all in one album, this is a must-have. Expand
  3. SS
    Mar 17, 2003
    10
    this is the best cd on the planet in my mind.
  4. LucasM
    Jan 18, 2006
    10
    I listen to the CD every day!! never get boared of it.
  5. Mar 20, 2012
    10
    With the blend of so many musical styles, this flowing album bounces from high energy beats (punk, M1A1), to some chill songs (5/4, re-hash), to laid back melodies (starshine, slow country), to some mashup raps (clint eastwood, rock the house), sprinkling in some mixes of each genre (left-hand-suzuki method). Awesome album that established the offbeat style of Gorillaz and turned me into a life-long fan Expand
  6. Oct 1, 2010
    9
    A very innovative and amazing album by Gorillaz. If you like rock, pop and hip-hop, then this is a must-have. Once again, Damon Albarn does a great job at bringing something new and fresh. Expand
  7. randomperson
    May 25, 2006
    2
    Greatest Cd EVA !!

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