Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (2010)

Since the beginning Gorillaz needs no introduction, in part because it was a kind of a solo project of Blur's Damon Albarn, so everyone that knew Blur would know Gorillaz, at least on the beginning, but when it finally did came out, the concept was original and the commercial success was more than anyone could've predict, even grandmas liked it, but Gorillaz always was a little too nostalgic of Blur, so when it came to Gorillaz, Damon Albarn's fans in Blur always kept waiting for something to happen there and Gorillaz not getting in the way of it, but this year something happened, the reunion of Blur, the heavy world tour of Gorillaz and even singles that weren't in the LP taking place with video and all.

But let's go one step at a time, Plastic Beach is the first Gorillaz EP that sounds to something new, even fans of Gorillaz that were not into blur were saying stuff like "Wow they really are not going commercial this time around, its like so experimental, but I like it", and its true, you don't need a big music critic or knowledge of experimental music to know that this LP is something different.

For the first time the nostalgia of Blur is not in your mind when you listen to the LP, and the line of producers, collaborators, featured artists and new technology of animation are making of Gorillaz's Plastic Beach the best LP they've ever made with a newcomer R&B singer called Daley. Of course we cannot forget that they are use to experimenting with weird new stuff and top of the line producers like Danger Mouse and a featured song with Ibrahin Ferrer of Buena Vista Social Club, but the really take it to another level here, adding mainstream names like Snoop Dogg to old school hip hopers like Mos Def and don't forget big time rock names like Lou Reed, Bobby Womack and Paul Simon, and really experimental stuff with indie electronic less famous projects like Little Dragon, everything mixed with even The National Orchestra for Arabic Music.

This is like watching blockbusters credits on the end of the movie and it’s something you won’t find in any album around, so many different styles and creative brains working together in a project of well known animated alter egos.

This is not a hip hop record, or an alternative record, or an experimental record, or a pop record, this is just a Gorillaz record, and that's amazing...I say brilliant! What do you say?


1. Orchestral Intro (Ft. Sinfonia Viva)
2. Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach (Ft. Snoop Dogg & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
3. White Flag (Ft. Bashy, Kano & The National Orchestra for Arabic Music)
4. Rhinestone Eyes
5. Stylo (Ft. Mos Def & Bobby Womack)
6. Superfast Jellyfish (Ft. Gruff Rhys & De La Soul)
7. Empire Ants (Ft. Little Dragon)
8. Glitter Freeze (Ft. Mark E Smith)
9. Some Kind Of Nature (Ft. Lou Reed)
10. On Melancholy Hill
11. Broken
12. Sweepstakes (Ft. Mos Def & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
13. Plastic Beach (Ft. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon)
14. To Binge (Ft. Little Dragon)
15. Cloud Of Unknowing (Ft. Bobby Womack & Sinfonia Viva)
16. Pirate Jet

Bonus the Doncamatic Ft. Daley Single.

Rate: 8.6/10

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