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Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

kilgoretrout   (50 reviews)

Posted: 03/12/2010 | Comments: 6 | Rate:

I’ve always thought that the Gorillaz were a bit too creative to be getting all of the mainstream success they’ve gotten. The so-called “virtual band” put out two pretty solid albums in the 00’s, Gorillaz and Demon Days. They’ve always struck me as a highly inventive collective who actually received some of the esteem they deserved. Well it’s been five years since their last release, and they’re back with their new full length, Plastic Beach.


Plastic Beach is a thinly veiled concept album. Anyone who’s heard a concept album knows that they’re a very risky prospect. Often the concept isn’t fully formed, or otherwise people don’t care about the concept and listen to the music as they would any other album. The Gorillaz decided to go with a hot topic in pollution, and it’s up to the masses to decide if they want to hear a bunch of cartoons singing about pollution and “plastic beaches.”


The first track on the album, Orchestral Intro, starts with a sound of a barge honking its horn and birds chirping, obviously hoping to bring about visions of polluted barges floating in polluted oceans. Then sinfonia ViVA kicks in with a melancholy score. Now, I don’t mind being led one way in thinking about something, but I absolutely despise being told how to feel about something, and that was the first impression I got from Plastic Beach.


The second track didn’t do much to endear itself to me either. An overbearing synth riff covers lead singer Damon Albarn’s voice almost entirely as Snoop Dogg (aka S-N-Double O-P-D-O-Double the G) spouts off, “Gorillaz and the Boss Dogg, Planet of the Apes.” After two false starts, I was starting to get worried.


The next song, White Flag, started out with a disarming, and rather beautiful, orchestral score, this time provided by The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music. After just over a minute of quite relaxing Arabic music, English Emcees, Bashy and Kano kick in with two very strong verses before fading back into the Arabic opener.


After White Flag, and the equally terrific Rhinestone Eyes, I reached the first single from the album called Stylo. This track features Mos Def, and is easily the most accessible and poppy song on Plastic Beach. Albarn’s voice soars over a cool three key synth riff, with soul singer Bobby Womack adding a little, well…soul.


My favorite track on the album is Some Kind of Nature. It’s a much more upbeat song, and it features Lou Reed. Of course, it doesn’t seem that those two things would fit together too well, but they most definitely pull it off. Lou Reed and Damon Albarn’s voices blend very well on this track, and proves to be the best collaboration since Del the Funky Homosapien’s killer lines on “Clint Eastwood” off of their debut self titled album.


Plastic Beach manages to recover from a couple of missteps to become an alarmingly clever and much more pop-oriented ordeal. If you buy just one album by a bunch of cartoon monkeys this year, I would wholeheartedly recommend Plastic Beach.

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que te follen
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34/F/PA
Some Kind of Nature is a fantastic song.
Time Flies By
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11/M/FL
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29/M/WV
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wtf is this?
I have no legs!
2,832 Posts
29/M/WV
Originally posted by: Yodel Toast

Some Kind of Nature is a fantastic song.



yep. probably my favorite gorillaz song ever.
RAPE FACE
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Originally posted by: chrislynch

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looks like a tarp to me
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