Gorillaz
Gorillaz


3.5
great

Review

by TheNintendos USER (2 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


What an unusual band the Gorillaz are, except they aren’t a real “band” per say. They are an animated group of characters that play music. The Gorillaz members include 2-D (the singer/keyboardist), Murdoc (bassist), Russel (drums) and Noodle (guitar). Each character has their own unique traits and background. The idea came from Blur’s front man Damon Albarn, Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and the creator of the “Tank Girl” comics Jamie Hewlett. Also collaborating on the album is Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and The Tom Tom Club’s Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz. Together they are GORILLAZ. The group is best known for their radio friendly hit “Clint Eastwood”, featured on their self-titled debut album. Since then I believe they have released two records. To check them out further or if you just want to see the internet’s best animation, they have a very good website. [url]www.gorillaz.com[/url]

Re-Hash …Almost has a 60s vibe to it. Starts with an acoustic guitar riff and a nice drumbeat accompanied by male and female vocals. There are also some sorts of Asian instrumentals but I’m not sure of the specific instrument. The lyrics aren’t really varied…pretty much just a big drug reference. Not a strong opening. (2.5/5)

5/4 …Starts off relatively well with good guitar, but soon looses its flavor and starts sounding like a 80s pop song with confusing lyrics. (2/5)

Tomorrow Comes Today …Skip the first two songs and start listening here, for this is a very cool song. Starts with a muffled hip hop drumbeat, then piano and what sounds like harmonica. Overall it has a very sad sound but in a good bluesy way. (4.5/5)

New Genius (Brother) [Mix]…This could almost be a continuance of the previous track with its spacey laid-back vibe. I really liked the lyrics and how they have an almost subtle threat to them. (4/5)

Clint Eastwood …The hit single, the one with the video on MTV, and not a bad song. The delivery of the lyrics and the words themselves are the high light. Theirs a dark ominous piano and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s rapping to 2-D’s chorus is perfect. The only downside is that the song draws on a little too long with just the same instrumentals being continued. (5/5)

Man Research (Clapper)…Strange video gamey sounds, a heartbeat drumbeat and eerie vocals that start to sound like Indian chanting. It becomes repetitive. (1.5/5)

Punk …Sounds more like Blur’s British pop rock with muffled vocals and clapping. Sounds different than everything else on the album but there’s still nothing that makes it really stand out. (2.5/5)

Sound Check (Gravity) [Mix]…Starts with single acoustic strumming and haunting vocals. Doesn’t sound very promising but then some beefy guitar comes in with a good drumbeat and some scratching. The vocals also change for the better but maintain the same haunting hopelessness as the first verse-which it goes right back too. For the conclusion of the song both verses come together simultaneously which creates a very cool effect. (4/5)

Double Bass …What a great song to skip. There is nothing here, just the same guitar riff over and over again with some electronic noises and no real vocals. Sounds like they remixed some elevator music. It also goes on way too long. (1/5)

Rock the House…The official dance song of the CD. It starts off with some festive horns and even a flute or something of that nature. It’s pretty much just a party song with shallow party lyrics, which isn’t really a bad thing. Del raps about just having a good time. (3.5/5)

19-2000 …Another party song, which sounds even happier, a little too happy. It has a humorous vibe to it and pulls it off quit well. However, this song was used in a commercial for gum, which caused it to loose its appeal. (3/5)

Latin Simone [Que Pasa Contigo]…Begins with an interesting shuffle sound that works very well with the all-Spanish sung vocals and horns. It’s a strange song but it just has a good effect and its one of my favorites on the album. (4.5/5)

Starshine …Kind of boring. Starts with an extremely slow drumbeat and a depressive yet cool bass line. Theirs no real verses or chorus just repeated lyrics. (2.5/5)

Slow Country …Begins with a laid back beachy noise; some uplifting piano and just a nice rolling mellow laid back rhythm. The vocals are also sung fittingly with a nice melody and it all flows very well. It would be good at the end of a movie at the part where everything comes together and theirs a happy ending. (5/5)

M1 A1…Definitely an interesting track. It begins with about two minutes of suspenseful music and a guy repeatedly saying “Hello, is anybody there” It certainly builds tension but to nothing. A guitar slowly fades in and the song totally changes direction to British rock. Another track that sounds like Blur, and a very good Blur at that. (4/5)

Dracula …think of it as a jazz/reggae song about vampires. Very laid back with good lyrics and an equally good bass line. (4/5)

Left Hand Suzuki Method …Weirdest song on here, it’s all over the place. Begins with bubbling noise, some suspenseful music then heavy hip hop drums and Noodle speaking Japanese with some gospel sounding “ooooh” the background. It then goes into a violin solo accompanied by some western saloon-sounding piano of some sort, which actually sounds cool. (3.5/5)

When focused just on the music, the CD is quit varied without any real kind of positive or negative consistency. It combines a lot of different musical genres, which worked for most of the songs but failed for others. I would say it’s an acquired taste because of the utter weirdness to it. Simple rock and hip-hop kind of took a backseat and the sound was primarily electronic. However, the idea of Gorillaz helps pull the whole thing off; 2-D, Murdoc, Russel and Noodle prove that their more than just an outlandish gimmick.

Note: The CD includes special features which can be viewed on a computer.


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Badmoon
August 13th 2004


384 Comments


I remember buying this album a few years ago, when I was like 11. It's actually a pretty good album, and an interesting band.

Good review :thumb:

el doctor
August 13th 2004


83 Comments


[QUOTE=badmoon349]I remember buying this album a few years ago, when I was like 11. [/QUOTE]
Same here. :p I thought it was the coolest thing ever. But it really is a good album. Great review too. Slow Country and M1A1 are probably my two favorite tracks. And it's not like you rated them bad, but the review makes it sound like "19-2000 and Rock the House loose points because they were singles". As you said, they're some great feel good songs. Otherwise, great review.

Tomahawk
August 13th 2004


124 Comments


Dan "the Automator" Nakamura is awesome. He's a really talented um... DJ/producer thingy guy. I love his stuff with Deltron 3030, Lovage, and Dr Octagon.

I don't really like the Gorillaz much though... but the review was still good.

mexicanfloydian
August 13th 2004


165 Comments


I only liked Clint Eastwood, my friend were all crazy about this band.

[QUOTE=badmoon349]I remember buying this album a few years ago, when I was like 11. It's actually a pretty good album, and an interesting band. [/QUOTE]

WTF??? You have my age, I thought you were like 40 years old because you know more about classic rock than everyone else I've ever met.

The Raz
August 13th 2004


8 Comments


I relistened to this the other day. Great album, great review.

elmodman
August 13th 2004


6 Comments


on the beginning of the last song that "bubbling noise" is supposed to be a bong.
you can even hear the lighter "sparking" right before that

good review.

Badmoon
August 13th 2004


384 Comments


WTF??? You have my age, I thought you were like 40 years old because you know more about classic rock than everyone else I've ever met.


:amaze:...........

TheNintendos
August 14th 2004


2 Comments


[QUOTE=The Raz]I relistened to this the other day. Great album, great review.[/QUOTE]

yea i kind of thought it was a bong, which would explain the nature of the song

TheNintendos
August 14th 2004


2 Comments


[QUOTE=elmodman]on the beginning of the last song that "bubbling noise" is supposed to be a bong.
you can even hear the lighter "sparking" right before that

good review.[/QUOTE]

oops i meant to respond to this one

Vietnow
August 14th 2004


39 Comments


I was given this album from a friend, who didn't like it much. I really really hated it when I first heard it. I listened to it again, and Hated it even more. Then I listened to it again, and I liked it. 19-2000 was my favourite.

Shadowed Reflection
October 9th 2004


274 Comments


i have this album, i love it. The bass line in double bass is mad. I havent listened to this song in ages. Tomorrow comes today, 19-2000 and slow county are my faves. I also like m1 a1, punk, star shine, gravity and a few others which i cant remember if i like or not. My version doesnt have the last two tracks, however i used to own g-sides and i have the 19-2000 single. Left hand suziki meatheod rocks and is my second fave song on this album.

PoliticallyIncorrectMetalhead
October 9th 2004


44 Comments


I remember Clint Eastwood and 19-2000. What a weird band. Good Review though.

Knoxvillelives
October 9th 2004


342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I listened to this album for about a month, really liked it and forgot about it. I listened to it again on holiday and it really is a fantastic album. I remember listening to it and think what phrases I'd use to describe it, cuz I was gonna do a review for here (**** you!), I liked the phrase, 'The most hypnotic collection of beats and grooves of the last ten years'. I really love this album, definately in my top ten, it's so different. Every song has it's gr8 points, some are less so. Re-Hash kicks ***!!! Highly recommended, especially seeing as u can probably pick it up for like a fiver now.

BlastFunk03
October 23rd 2004


83 Comments


good review, good band

Seven Letter Word For Goodbye
October 23rd 2004


1 Comments


Uh Buh Duh Gorillaz

Zac Likes Music
March 19th 2005


3 Comments


How could you give "Double Bass" a 1/5? That song has got to be one of the best from the album. You should pay a little more attention to it and look over what you said about it. Other than that, I think you're review was pretty good.

hamper01
March 10th 2011


4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the "Hello... Is anyone there?!" from M1 A1 is from the beginning of Day Of The Dead.

In case anyone cares



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