• Record Label: Gorillaz
  • Release Date: Apr 19, 2011
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Apr 19, 2011
    83
    The Fall at first listen seems more interesting as a concept than as music. Still, there are plenty of rough-cut pop gems.
  2. Apr 20, 2011
    80
    No, it isn't as good as that, but getting anywhere close is proof that Damon Albarn remains a musical alchemist, turning what could easily have been crude and leaden into something that often gleams like gold.
  3. Apr 19, 2011
    80
    Made on an iPad during the band's autumn tour of America, this hastily constructed, bleepy sketchbook of a record is a delight.
  4. Though there's no smash hit leaping out, with its consistent unity of atmosphere, The Fall is the most cohesive Gorillaz album yet.
  5. Feb 18, 2011
    80
    Packaged together here, The Fall does not feel like a proper Gorillaz album, but more like a musical scrapbook of the tour. Fortunately for us, even Damon's scraps are worthy of a casual listen.
  6. 80
    So there aren't any retreads of 'DARE' or 'Clint Eastwood' but it is a stunning album from start to finish.
  7. Apr 20, 2011
    70
    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.
  8. Apr 19, 2011
    70
    Genius, as you know, is all about the detail. The backing vocal on 'Revolving Doors' – if you're still struggling with the 'song' thing, this and 'Amarillo' offer consolation in the form of two of Albarn's loveliest unfinished melodies.
  9. Apr 11, 2011
    70
    An electronic album that manages to sound intimate, late-summer warmth turning to autumnal melancholy, and a cartoon band that suddenly seems a little fragile.
  10. Jan 26, 2011
    70
    Albarn isn't trying to say much, but The Fall is pretty consistent, from the country-radio sampling dub of "The Parish of Space Dust" to the Rust Belt planet-rock of "Detroit."
  11. 67
    There are a few moments of brilliance, like Bobby Womack's spirited crooning on "Bobby in Phoenix." Hopefully that energy will spill into their next effort--in a studio.
  12. The strange, yet awfully satisfying, collection of tracks certainly won't attract new listeners to the Gorillaz catalogue, but synth-infused pop tracks like "Revolving Door" or "Hillbilly Man" will appease most listeners.
  13. Apr 18, 2011
    63
    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.
  14. Dec 19, 2011
    60
    The Fall winds up a little ephemeral, its pleasures as fleeting as the scenery passing outside the windows of a tour bus.
  15. May 3, 2011
    60
    In form as well as content, The Fall is more like a pet project than a full-fledged release.
  16. Apr 14, 2011
    60
    It shouldn't work, but ultimately it does, which is pretty much The Fall all over.
  17. Feb 25, 2011
    60
    Given that Albarn recorded the album solely using iPad applications, and that this seems to be a ubiquitous suffix to any discussion of the album, it's difficult not to dismiss The Fall as a gimmicky concept album or even a shameless 45-minute Apple advertisement, but there are just about enough interesting moments here to dispel that cynical view.
  18. Feb 1, 2011
    60
    It's a sequel of sorts to Democrazy, but sounds infinitely more accomplished--undoubtedly part of the technological point that he's making here. [Mar 2011, p.91]
  19. Jan 26, 2011
    60
    It's your quintessential on-the-road/off-the-cuff indulgence, a sometimes successful merging of traveling-band existentialism and boredom-killing filler.
  20. 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.
  21. Jan 26, 2011
    58
    Despite the emphasis on atmosphere that pervades the album and that seems like a necessary byproduct of its creative technology, The Fall may be the most earthbound Gorillaz album yet--and at times, therefore, the most banal.
  22. May 23, 2011
    50
    The sluggish vibe on The Fall was obviously part of Albarn's intention in creating a meandering sonic travelogue, but you end up wishing he'd pressed the gas pedal a little harder.
  23. Apr 15, 2011
    50
    It opens the door to tantalising, exciting possibilities, but it's also fragmented, distracted and indulgent.
  24. Jan 26, 2011
    40
    Strictly speaking, it's a Gorillaz album in name only. You could commend Albarn on one hand, but then slap him with the other; the use of a 'rolling studio' and the latest in technology is inspired, but it ultimately represents the downfall of the album.
  25. 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.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Jan 30, 2011
    7
    Not a totally awful album. It's lacking the polish and feel of previous albums, that's for sure, but people need to keep in mind that it wasNot a totally awful album. It's lacking the polish and feel of previous albums, that's for sure, but people need to keep in mind that it was all done on a iPad. Plus, the album was not intended to be better or as good as the previous albums. It was all an experiment, and most likely done for fun. Nevertheless, it's quite an unique album. To summarise it all, it's an "awfully good" album. Full Review »
  2. Apr 23, 2011
    4
    As a huge Gorillaz fan, I highly anticipated another release from Albarn under the Gorillaz brand. However this release was a massiveAs 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. Full Review »
  3. j30
    Dec 9, 2011
    2
    The Fall doesn't belong anywhere in Gorillaz's already strong discography. The LP (if you want to call it that) feels more like anThe Fall doesn't belong anywhere in Gorillaz's already strong discography. The LP (if you want to call it that) feels more like an afterthought rather than a carefully well made release that we've come to expect from Damon and Co. Full Review »