Plastic Beach

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  • 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.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. 100
    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.
  2. The whole thing works beautifully, more with each listen.
  3. He never panders to them; instead, Plastic Beach's guest vocals are anchored by Albarn's own melodic flair. His falsettoed ennui shines through, and the songs are loaded with Albarn's pet sounds.
  4. It has hooks, but none as immediate as past Gorillaz hits Feel Good Inc. or 19-2000. This is a hefty offering clocking in at nearly an hour and featuring everyone from Lou Reed to Snoop Dogg.
  5. While there's no immediate pop hit present a la "Feel Good Inc" or "Clint Eastwood" to get sucked into straight off, Albarn's ability to juggle his rotating ensemble cast and still spin a cohesive yarn for all of sixteen tracks remains something to behold.
  6. Overall, while the album isn’t an artistic triumph or grand satirical gesture, it is an enjoyable ride and is the best place to start if you just want a taste of Albarn’s post-Blur musical prowess and Hewlett’s animation wizardry.
  7. Too many of these 16 hazy, half-crazy tracks sound like undercooked studio goofs recorded in the wee hours by Albarn and his impressive circle of celebrity pals.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 79
  2. Negative: 3 out of 79
  1. MirceaC.
    Mar 9, 2010
    10
    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 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
  2. AriellaY.
    Mar 16, 2010
    10
    This album is their best so far.
  3. Aug 21, 2015
    10
    I've never heard a concept album that takes you so strongly to another world like 'Plastic Beach', and I am including 'Pet Sounds' and 'Sgt.I've never heard a concept album that takes you so strongly to another world like 'Plastic Beach', and I am including 'Pet Sounds' and 'Sgt. Pepper's'. The comparison between Blur and The Beach Boys was always easy: sing-a-long pop geniusly wrapped up in modern sounds. With Gorillaz Damon Albarn began experimenting with hiphop and electronic music, which was a risky choice, since Blur's 'Think Tank' wasn't such a succes. But he succeeded, and the first two albums were progressive yet accessible. However, 'Plastic Beach' is progressive so that it is accessible. The idea of making music more 'like an organization doing new projects' is almost as daring as The Smashing Pumpkins deciding not to release their music as albums anymore. And it is this kind of daring ideas which will inspire next generations. From the moment Snoop Dogg has welcomed you, you truly are on this place called 'Plastic Beach'. The music production perfectly adapts to the artists performing, but still somehow you can hear there is one person making those plastic synth sounds: it's Damon Albarn, the God of 'Plastic Beach', who occasionally descends to do a verse with a soothing, wise and sometimes sad tone. Expand
  4. ShannaM.
    Mar 9, 2010
    9
    Gorillaz
  5. j30
    Dec 9, 2011
    9
    This is my favorite release from the Gorillaz and in my top ten for 2010. It's dance-club ready, re-mix ready, just straight up party ready.This is my favorite release from the Gorillaz and in my top ten for 2010. It's dance-club ready, re-mix ready, just straight up party ready. The production is carefully thought out and put together nicely, whereas Demon Days was kind of all over the place and not a bad thing. Expand
  6. KidA
    Mar 21, 2010
    9
    Literally can't believe the bad reviews. It's bloody brilliant.
  7. Oct 14, 2010
    1
    OK 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

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