Humanz (album) by Gorillaz
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The best album by Gorillaz is Demon Days which is ranked number 136 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 16,797.
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Maybe too poppy but still has a Gorillaz vibe. Great album.
It's been a up and down experience for me with this album. I was really disappointed initially. After a few listens, there's a few good songs here and a really cool vibe, but it still doesn't feel like a Gorillaz album. Instead, it's a Gorillaz inspired mixtape.
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Favorite tracks: Ascension, Saturnz Barz, Momentz, Submission, Andromeda, Busted And Blue, Let Me Out, She's My Collar
All that this album has done is grown on me. I think that it's a masterpiece, I would have given it a 80-85 on first listen, but now it's a 95.
Busted and Blue- 100
Let Me Out- 97
She's My Collar- 98
Hallelujah Money- 90
We Got the Power- 78
w/ bonus tracks
The Apprentice- 84
Out of Body- 100
Ticker Tape- 92
Circle of Friends- 80
Gorillas don't feel like a virtual band so much anymore. I liked the Indy/hip hop/electronic feel of earlier stuff but now that RnB and pop have infiltrated the sound as well as a plethora of vocalists it all begins to just sound like a random playlist selection from a streaming site rather than an album by a band. I used to be able to imagine our virtual buddies Murdoc, Noodle and Russel performing their songs but not so in their last 2 albums. As a result the Gorillas are losing the thing that made them unique.
Over hyped and bloated.
It's a fairly average album. A few really good songs that stick out here and there but most leave something to be desired.
Not nearly as dissapointing as some comments here made me expect. Surely not the best thing they did, but still lots of truly enjoyable songs.
7 years was perhaps too long to wait for a new studio album and the hype seems to have overwhelmed it; Humanz is just not as good as I want it to be. Yet, there is so much good stuff on here, and you can tell just how much Albarn and Co tried to make this something special.
What pains me so much about this album is just how good the first 11 songs are. The new sound style they have going in is something else; unnerving, bright synths with dark undertones that help to convey the worried and warning lyrical content. The structure on this first section is also stellar; Ascension might be Gorillaz's best opening ever, and it flows and builds incredibly well up to the peak, Andromeda.
And some of the tracks here are fantastic - proper Gorillaz originals. Strobelight is groovy and bumbly; Saturnz Barz stood out the moment I first heard it and is delivered with and urban coolness that has been really well developed; Momentz is superbly creative and its follower, Submission is one of the band's best explorations in RnB ever. Charger is a little weak; it never quite gets there, but god that intro is awesome (plus, Grace Jone's voice. Stunning as always.)
And then, there is Andromeda. This feels like a classic masterpiece from the band. It hints to old Gorillaz songs with its dance beat and advanced sound, but is doused in the feel of the new album and is written brilliantly. Play it loud to experience it properly. Busted And Blue couldn't be in a better place, it compliments the energy of the previous track with its lonely emptiness.
So how does it all manage to just fall apart? It's all in the second half; it's too broken up and weak. Let Me Out is a great track, and Hallelujah Money is the political pop song we've been desperately needing. But the rest of it just doesn't work; it feels unfinished and messy. Sex Murder Party feels particularly weird - it just doesn't work. Carnival starts out well but can't keep it up after 30 seconds, and We Got The Power is a bit too happy-clappy for its own good.
The result is that it feels like an incomplete record. It's as though they got to track 11 and then didn't know how to finish it, so they just shoved everything else they had planned on to the end. It's such a shame, and however much I want to try and forgive it considering how strong the first half is, I can't.
Worse still, the interludes are really hit and miss. I Switched My Robot Off is very effective, and I love The Non-Conformist Oath, but the rest feel slapped on for the sake of trying to bring some form to the album. Apart from the two I mentioned, they simply don't work.
If there's one particular note of merit, it's the message of the album. The themes and topics covered in the songs on Humanz are thought provoking and essential, and it pushes the boundaries further than any other of their previous albums have dared to. Some will criticise the over politicised nature of some of the songs, particularly Let Me Out and Hallelujah Money, but frankly, we need music that talks about this and is not afraid to offend some people.
Humanz then is an album of two halves. The first is the album it should have been, the second lets the whole thing down. Hence, my rating is for those first 11 songs, and Hallelujah Money, it is a fantastic collection of songs and easily some of the best work Gorillaz have ever done. Maybe they just went too far in the end, and I hope in the years to come, we will be able to see the strengths of this album and praise it for the bits that really do deserve praise.
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