The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen
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  • Summary: Danger Mouse produced this first album for the new collaboration between Damon Albarn (Blur,Gorillaz), Paul Simonon (The Clash), Tony Allen (Africa 70 / Fela Kuti) and Simon Tong (The Verve).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. One of the most surprising and magical records for which Damon Albarn has ever been responsible.
  2. The mood is more melancholy than the lineup would suggest — much of the album sounds like ''Waterloo Sunset''-era Kinks set to languid dub grooves.
  3. 80
    Albarn claims this album is a letter to the London of today, but it's impossible not [to] get swept into the grandfatherly smell that permeates every number. [Dec 2006, p.127]
  4. If nothing else, The Good, the Bad & the Queen is a clear demonstration of Albarn's maturation.
  5. 70
    Sounds far richer than the one-off project that it is. [#74, p.97]
  6. We’re left with a brilliant, often mesmerizing but all-too-sketchy defeatist manifesto on the surface, which, with further musical fleshing-out (Verve guitarist Simon Tong is woefully underused), might have been worth serious investigation.
  7. A dreary dump of sad sack pop blather that makes poor use of the substantial talent on hand.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. Sep 25, 2012
    Truly captures the mood of the times. Well written and beautifully performed album that gets better the more I listen. Fresh and experimental sound that puts it in a league of its own, which to me, is what makes a truly great record. One of the best albums in my opinion. Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2013
    Obviously music critics would not understand good music when it hit them right in the face.

    Damon does it again, this is his most
    melancholic work to date with much different sounds and textures to it and is one of his best side projects. Check it out ASAP. Expand

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