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Four years after Gorillaz' 2001 debut, is Damon Albarn's cartoon side project still worth the shtick? The answer is a qualified yes. Gorillaz' second studio album, Demon Days, is a hit-or-miss pastiche of art pop, hip-hop, dub and dance. Producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura has been replaced by Jay-Z/Beatles remixer Danger Mouse, and he's taken the group into subtler, more layered territory, embracing piano, strings, choir music and Atari-style electronic blips.

Demon Days doesn't really get going until the fifth track, "Dirty Harry," which pairs the Pharcyde's Booty Brown with electro-boogie beats and an angelic children's chorus. The single "Feel Good Inc." features De La Soul, a hot beat and a jaw-dropping video. The album's weirdest, artiest moment is "Fire Coming Out of a Monkey's Head," a deeply spooky spoken-word bit by Dennis Hopper. But, surprisingly, Albarn's vocals, phoned-in and incredibly flat, weigh the record down. Without the lush melodies that always balanced Blur's smartass cynicism with emotion, his voice becomes a downer. Once a brilliant way to free Albarn up, Gorillaz has become an all-too-cool facade for him to hide behind.


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Review 1 of 3

ElChooch writes:

5of 5 Stars

Simply put, one of the landmark albums of this decade. It's something everyone into music at this time will remember- a great, atmospheric collection of all things music. Great album, I don't need to get into assheaded wordplay to describe it, just listen to it and enjoy.

Nov 29, 2006 22:29:59

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Review 2 of 3

rockonrockhard writes:

5of 5 Stars

Starting off with a spooky introduction to a choral ending, this album just has it all. The first four songs create the darker side of Gorillaz, while Dirty Harry, Feel Good Inc., and El Manana have that unique sound. Next, you hear the smooth Every Planet we Reach is Dead, followed by November has Come, All Alone, and White Light. DARE, the most energized song, makes you just want to get up and dance. The final 3 songs have the random qualities of Gorillaz. This album is a definite buy.

Aug 5, 2006 12:25:07

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Bluemask writes:

3of 5 Stars

An impressive second effort from a project that was supposed to be a one off gig. On their second album Gorrilaz add more hip-hop style beats to the mix getting sure hits in Feel Good Inc. The album is missing some of the wink wink nudge nudge humor of its predecessor but it makes up for it with well done production and a heady feel.

Jan 5, 2006 14:34:02

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