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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).

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Northern Whale
Another wave crashed over you It put you in a spell On a cold place you know well It pulls you further out to sea Under the lights at Tilbury I... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. Urb
    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. It is a funereal album whose spark and anger is obscured like the smoldering foundations of a burnt out city.
  5. Vibe
    70
    Good is comparable in spirit to the everything-is-in-play feel of Clash albums like Sandinista!. [Feb 2007, p.128]
  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. NickyS
    Jan 20, 2007
    10
    Albarn is ALWAYS stretching and inspiring. While Three Changes was better when sung live at the Roundhouse, the album is genuinely beautiful Albarn is ALWAYS stretching and inspiring. While Three Changes was better when sung live at the Roundhouse, the album is genuinely beautiful and continually unexpected. Expand
  2. FelipeP
    Feb 7, 2007
    10
    The perfect follow-up to the last blur album "Think Tank". Damon Albarn is a genius.
  3. gabrielez
    Aug 6, 2009
    10
    Album's melancholic sound makes my back trembling.
  4. PedroL
    Jan 27, 2007
    9
    The best music i've heard this new year... DA is getting serious. GW!!
  5. pendepomo
    Apr 9, 2007
    8
    this album is great, but this thing of forming an elite-band out of legends it's gonna become like a cliche, so this charistmatic event this album is great, but this thing of forming an elite-band out of legends it's gonna become like a cliche, so this charistmatic event it's unestable Expand
  6. kevk
    Mar 30, 2007
    7
    They should just call this a damon albarn solo album. The rest of the guys don't do anything except extend the album summary with credits.
  7. Taco
    Feb 19, 2007
    0
    worst album ever.

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