Plastic Beach (studio album) by Gorillaz

Plastic Beach by Gorillaz
Year: 2010
Release date: 2010-03-09
Overall rank: 249th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 1,164 votes)
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Plastic Beach is ranked 2nd best out of 11 albums by Gorillaz on

The best album by Gorillaz is Demon Days which is ranked number 127 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,138.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 84 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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From 01/23/2022 11:10
Stylo, On Melancholy Hill and Empire Ants are my favourites. There's a lot more filler on this album than Demon Days, which is why I rate it lower. For example, weak tracks are Glitter Freeze, Cloud of Unknowing, Pirate Jet. But still a great album.
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From 08/31/2021 18:46
I feel like this album has a perpetual identity crisis. Sometimes it wants to be synthpop, sometimes alternative hip-hop. It does each of these relatively well, but the flip flopping can get a bit annoying.
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From 08/15/2021 18:45
What a fantastic album to listen to, it is so unique as well which makes it such a pleasure to explore. Every track fits in to the album well and creates a fantastic atmosphere throughout. Even the weaker tracks are decent and don't feel like filler content as they have redeeming qualities. The best songs for me are On Melancholy Hill and, my favourite track, Some Kind Of Nature. Lou Reeds vocal on this is amazing and I love the lyrics as well as the music backing it. That brings me to another strength which is the quality of feature performances all of which sound necessary and like they belong on this record. In addition, you can literally hear the amazing experimentation that is going on and you feel apart of something new and exciting when you listen to this record. This is maintained the whole way through and by the end of it you just sit back in awe at how consistently amazing this album is. Overall, it is fresh and very enjoyable to listen to and the music is of the highest quality.
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From 02/02/2021 09:06
An album so truly great that I can't even put it into words. The nautical themes are consistent without overwhelming the music, and make for an incredibly cohesive album. Despite the occasional inconsistency in quality, there isn't a bad song here. Even the "weakest" tracks, Glitter Freeze and Sweepstakes, have many redeeming qualities, be it the formers incredible synth work or the latters horn section that bursts in midway through the song, transforming the groove.

Best tracks: Rhinestone Eyes, Empire Ants, On Melancholy Hill, Some Kind of Nature.
Worst tracks: None really.

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From 06/17/2020 06:17
One of the most charismatic albums ever.
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From 04/06/2020 21:15
Fav. track: On melancholy hill
Most underrated track: Some Kind Of Nature
Least Fav. track: Glitter Freeze

The atmosphere of this album is amazing! From start to finish a great experience. With every listen to this album it sounds better then the previous listen. My all-time favourite song is on here: On melancholy hill and even the filler Glitter Freeze fits great into this record. For me, this is the best album of the Gorillaz and also the best of all time, because I never get tired of listening to it and it combines so many different genres.

Top 5 tracks from this album:
1. On Melancholy Hill
2. Empire Ants
3. Rhinestone Eyes
4. Some Kind Of Nature
5. Stylo
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From 04/06/2020 13:14
Very solid album. I get why people think this is one of the greatest albums.
For me though, it's not really my style.

Best tracks: on melancholy hill, ampire ants.

Worst track: sweepstakes
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From 10/01/2019 07:17
Gorillaz and Demon Days were solid albums, but Plastic Beach is clearly on another level. Sorry, but it’s not even close. This is a magnum opus. From On Melancholy Hill to Empire Ants to Broken to Rhinestone Eyes, it fills you with awe, wonder, and vibes. Not only as an apparatus of songs, it flows as one cohesive sound throughout the album.
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From 08/12/2019 13:44
Every time I listen to it it becomes better. Amazing album.
Fav. On melancholy hill
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