The Fall - Gorillaz
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  • Summary: The digital-only album was recorded by Damon Albarn on his iPad while on tour in 2010 is released on CD.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Apr 19, 2011
    The Fall at first listen seems more interesting as a concept than as music. Still, there are plenty of rough-cut pop gems.
  2. Though there's no smash hit leaping out, with its consistent unity of atmosphere, The Fall is the most cohesive Gorillaz album yet.
  3. Apr 20, 2011
    While it is impressive how much Albarn squeezes out of a piece of equipment that most would assume isn't up for the task, this is ultimately a tour-bus album--several songs are even named after the cities in which they were likely conceived.
  4. Apr 18, 2011
    Mostly, this is Albarn making one for the headphone-obsessed in his fan base, a soundtrack for kicking back in the back seat and watching the world drift past.
  5. Apr 14, 2011
    It shouldn't work, but ultimately it does, which is pretty much The Fall all over.
  6. 60
    There are a lot of innovative ideas, some strong moments, but also a good amount of filler. If you give it a spin, though, you'll probably find some hidden treasures in these songs as well.
  7. 40
    As you'd expect, it relies heavily on programmed beats of spare simplicity, and layered dubstep synth riffs over which Albarn sketches his impressions of life on the road.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Oct 14, 2013
    You must understand that this album is a musical experiment, not an official Gorillaz "Album" per say. This is a bonus collection straight from the mind of Albarn and absolutely raw. I honestly did not like The Fall at all on the first couple of listens, but it grew on me every time i played it over again. Its at the point now that, for me at least, this is one the strongest entries in all of the Gorillaz catalog. True fans will love this, you must give it some time and effort though. Expand
  2. Mar 26, 2013
    A supremely clever album for what it is. It's simply Damon Albarn goofing around with an iPad on tour. The outcome is an American sonic journey that is well worth a listen. To the haunting/soothing rhythm of "Revolving Doors", the heartbreaking ballad that is "Amarillo", the somewhat uplifting "Parish of Space Dust" and the underground-style experimentation of "The Speak-It Mountains" and "The Snake in Dallas" this album is a unique and interesting work of art. Expand
  3. May 21, 2012
    This album is a great experiment on creating a very special type of music. Even if you don't like the songs of Gorillaz's latest album 'The Fall' you have to admit, that Damon did a great job by risking a step in a musical direction not many people are listening to. Expand
  4. Jun 15, 2011
    Its not the best album up to date from the Gorillaz, considering that it was all done on a iPad and it is FREE to download on the Gorillaz official website, but with some of the hidden gems such as Revolving Doors hidden in this experimental album, The Fall gives you more tracks to add to your Gorillaz collection. There's something for anyone to like in this one. Expand
  5. May 7, 2011
    It's disappointing since Gorillaz used to make whole new sounds. I feel that every piece of the album is completely disconnected. Even though it's not a massive disaster I was expecting more. Expand
  6. Apr 23, 2011
    As a huge Gorillaz fan, I highly anticipated another release from Albarn under the Gorillaz brand. However this release was a massive disappointment and it kills me to say it. Every album released previously under the Gorillaz brand had a story behind it. You were never just listening to music, it was more like following an Anime show through sound right from the self title album with the introduction of the concept of Kong Studios; Demon Days with Feel good inc being a centre point for th action, which is seen through the music videos of 'Feel Good Inc' and 'El Manana'; in Plastic Beach we find that Kong has burned down and that the Gorillaz are on the run which can be seen in the 'Stylo' music video and they set up shop on plastic beach which is also a political reference to the ever growing mass of the plastic island in the middle of the ocean (don't believe me? google it), and so the story continues. The Fall, had nothing, no hype; no excitement; no mood; and most of all no story! this was, I felt Albarn using a serious successful brand to release his experiment under. well all artists sell out eventualy. But musically, I give Albarn his dues for producing this on an Ipad, however as far as the tunes go, they are pretty porno, and a serious let down to the previous Gorillaz releases. Expand
  7. May 9, 2011
    IMO I thought this album was a waste of time. I LOVE the Gorillaz but they're straying FAR from their roots and don't even sound anything like they used to. Plastic Beach was a new step but The Fall was a far cry from any of their more original tunes. For example lots of their songs told "stories" that were a tad bit confusing but open for interpretation, now on The Fall, you hear songs like Plastic Bags and Revolving Door...that are just what the titles say. If anything, it sounded like an Elevator Music artist "breaking out". Over all, what I'm trying to say is that this was a GOD AWFUL album. Expand

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