Mar 8, 2010

2010: Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Five years after Demon Days, Gorillaz have finally released their third studio album, stating it will be their last. Plastic Beach is a worthy follow-up to Demon Days, though it is certainly different in a lot of areas. Listeners may notice the huge array of collaborative artists on all but four tracks, with regulars like De La Soul. Although the vast amount of collaborative artists on this album are impressive (such as Lou Reed), the tracks with Damon Albarn are usually the most enjoyable, (especially the two tracks with Little Dragon). It doesn't have as cool raps as 'Clint Eastwood' or 'Feel Good Inc.', but what it does have is a set of impressive electrified and synthed up melodies that are addictive as hell. Most of the songs Albarn sings on (including those with Little Dragon) do however have a more emotional appeal, such as the aptly named 'On Melancholy Hill'. There are still cool songs though, like the fast food-themed 'Superfast Jellyfish'. Other highlights include the absolutely brilliant 'Empire Ants' and the deliciously eerie 'Plastic Beach'. However, certain tracks can get a bet tedious after a couple of plays, but even so, there are still certain elements in those songs that keep them from getting dull - such as the bass-line in 'Welcome To The World of The Plastic Beach'. The intro to 'Sweepstakes' will certainly have you fast-forwarding to the verse/chorus. All in all this is another solid release from a special 'band', proving that they don't need to rely on gimmicks to succeed in making interesting music.

Score: 7.5/10

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