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. BrockC.P
    Jan 24, 2007
  2. ruir
    Mar 10, 2007
    The history of UK post-punk. Excellent.
  3. gabrielez
    Aug 6, 2009
    Album's melancholic sound makes my back trembling.
  4. JohnnyS
    Jan 28, 2007
    This album is the best Albarn project yet. A far better album start-to-finish than the last Gorillaz album, which lacked this discs consistent mood. Great for putting on while chilling with friends or alone. Expand
  5. Bjunior
    Nov 21, 2007
    Amazing production, instrumentation, and i've never heard damon albarn sound so beautiful on nearly every track. All in all a great vintage mellow pop album with hints of herman's hermits, specials - ghost town sound, & maybe some stone roses, and classic blur ballads. Expand
  6. javauxc
    Jan 23, 2007
    Like always Damon Albarn mixed with succes pop melody and more experimental sound. the song are realy beautiful and always innovative but less catchy that in BLUR or in GORILLAZ and more ambient. Expand
  7. Taco
    Feb 19, 2007
    worst album ever.

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