- Summary: The third album for Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett animated group features guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Kano, Mos Def, De La Soul, Gruff Rhys, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Fall's Mark E. Smith, Little Dragon, Lou Reed, Bobby Womack, The Clash's Mick Jones, and Paul Simonon.
- Record Label: Virgin
- Genre(s): Rock, Electronic, Alternative
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Only behind such a distracting smokescreen could Damon Albarn get away with conducting a project as sprawling, daring, innovative, surprising, muddled and magnificent as Plastic Beach: not just one of the best records of 2010, but a release to stand alongside the greatest Albarn’s ever been involved with and a new benchmark for collaborative music as a whole.
MirceaC.Mar 9, 2010I know why some people underrate this splendid album from Gorillaz. It's because Plastic Beach brings pop music to a new level and some I know why some people underrate this splendid album from Gorillaz. It's because Plastic Beach brings pop music to a new level and some people still can't admit it, or let's say, they still can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. It sounds different from any other pop album, and of course Gorillaz album, but it doesn't mean that it's bad. This album may not have singles like "Feel Good Inc." and "Clint Eastwood", but it's been rewarded with songs like "On Melancholy Hill" (my favourite), "Some Kind of Nature", "Superfast Jellyfish" and finally "Empire Ants", which from my point of view are the climax of this album (or should I say, the cherry on top of the cake?). I agree that Stylo isn't a really strong single compared to any other singles Gorillaz made, but it has its moments. The rest of the songs are also great (not the best of course) but magnificent. Put them all the songs together (aka Plastic Beach) and you'll see something new, unique and refreshing for pop music. Better than Demon Days? That's what people ask for ages. I will say, with all my heart, yes. As I said above, Plastic Beach might not have 'strong' singles, but, it brings something new and unique. Something which Demon Days didn't really bring. It was and still is a great album from Gorillaz, but unfortunately, I don't think it brought pop music to a new level like Plastic Beach. Indeed, this is one of the best albums which came out in 2010. Maybe the best.… Expand
PhilipGMar 14, 2010Amazing album, how amazing is only revealed with repeated listening.
Dec 17, 2013This is the first 10 I've ever rated. It's technically a 9.5, but since we're rounding up, this album gets a perfect score for Metacritic.This is the first 10 I've ever rated. It's technically a 9.5, but since we're rounding up, this album gets a perfect score for Metacritic.
I had been replaying this album for a long time, but I always skipped a few tracks here and there. Now, having heard it in its entirety, I can honestly say that this album is an absolute masterpiece.
Seriously, after the letdown that was Demon Days, it's pretty surprising to see that Damon didn't try to fix it for his next record, instead coming up with something entirely different. Instead he's come up with a completely different approach that has alienated previous fans of the previous album, but not me. (Mostly because I'M not a fan of the previous album).… Expand
JohnL.Mar 14, 2010Better than Demon Days, great job, Damon Albarn did it again!
Nov 22, 2010Gorillaz can bring the funk, even on this more serious and chillout set. Bringing the theme of the environmental health of the planet, thereGorillaz can bring the funk, even on this more serious and chillout set. Bringing the theme of the environmental health of the planet, there is a lot to talk about. Gorillaz brings listeners wonderful melodies and calming rhythms. The only dissapointing thing is that when the album has to come to a close.… Expand
Jan 4, 2015Gorillaz' third album, Plastic Beach, is an album that's very intriguing. It has some great music and some wonderful lyrics. There are a fewGorillaz' third album, Plastic Beach, is an album that's very intriguing. It has some great music and some wonderful lyrics. There are a few songs on the album that feel like they've run out of steam, but this is still a great album to listen to.… Expand
Oct 14, 2010OK I had to create a Metacritic account just because I saw so many favorable reviews of this horrible drek. I keep trying to like it because IOK I had to create a Metacritic account just because I saw so many favorable reviews of this horrible drek. I keep trying to like it because I love this band. But I keep clicking next next next. You people should come to my house and share whatever illegal substance you took to enjoy this because it's just awful. If you added up all the essence from this entire album it still wouldn't be close to being as good as Dare.… Expand
Published: December 6, 2010Throughout the next two months, we'll be tracking the year-end Top Ten lists published by various music sites, magazines, and more. Find out which albums are currently in the running for best album of the year.
Published: March 2, 2010With the Gorillaz' third album "Plastic Beach" hitting stores next week, we take a moment to look at all of the artists who have contributed to the virtual band's success.
|You Will Never Be One of Us - NAILS|
|Lemonade - Beyoncé|
|1971-1981 [Box Set] - Cluster|
|Coloring Book [Mixtape] - Chance the Rapper|
|Close to the Noise Floor: Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984 [Box Set] - Various Artists|
|Vile Child - Milk Teeth|
|A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead|
|Puberty 2 - Mitski|
|Upland Stories - Robbie Fulks|
|Blackstar - David Bowie|
|Hollowed - Ital Tek|
|A Sailor's Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson|
|Magma - Gojira|
|Nerissimo - Teho Teardo|
|untitled unmastered. - Kendrick Lamar|
|Malibu - Anderson Paak|
|Juarez [Reissue] - Terry Allen|
|Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon|
|Midwest Farmer's Daughter - Margo Price|
|For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have) - Huerco S.|