Gorillaz
Gorillaz


4.5
superb

Review

by David Foster Wallace USER (72 Reviews)
May 14th, 2010 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gorillaz debut with a boundary-destroying album. Tradition defying at its best

Gorillaz could be considered one of the world’s most innovative bands. They’ve innovated visual, live and audio-based media. From their well designed music videos to their intricate live performances and finally, their incredible genre-bending music, Gorillaz have pushed the boundaries of anything similar to them. I’ve decided to review where it all started and that is here.

The Gorillaz self-titled effort is a mish-mash of genres. It crosses the boundaries from Hip-Hop to Punk to Folk to Reggae to Pop to Electronica. Nothing is considered sacred on here. For instance, opening track Re-hash starts out as a folk-based song but then it descends into an atmospheric chorus part with some lovely vocal melodies from Miho Hatori. Other tracks also very in genre like the single Clint Eastwood with Del Tha Funkee Homosapien rapping on the track over a catchy melody when it then turns into an electronic jam at the end of the song and Starshine With its Reggae type sounds and its New Wave-type keyboards. The Gorillaz are quite excellent in every manner from the soulful British croon of Damon Albarn to the scratching turntables of Dan the Automator. All of the music is excellently crafted and has a very playful nature.

My only problem with the album is that it’s not very consistent. Songs randomly change throughout and an overall mood isn’t present. Gorillaz would become more polished on later efforts, but this record changes up too much and therefore may throw off a listener. If the Gorillaz had messed with their sound a bit and made it more consistent, this would be a perfect record.



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Urinetrouble
May 14th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

reviews a bit too short but i feel i got the album down overall. albums excellent

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2010


16789 Comments


been a while since ive gone back and listened to this...im really into plastic beach right now

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KILL
May 14th 2010


72131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best gorillaz album

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porch
May 14th 2010


8460 Comments


I liked it when it came out but it sounds pretty dull now

MUNGOLOID
May 14th 2010


4350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of my all time faves.

KILL
May 14th 2010


72131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

city life

Titan50
May 14th 2010


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice sound off bro

Raz0rGrind23
May 14th 2010


426 Comments


Why is this under metal?

Titan50
May 15th 2010


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not...

Raz0rGrind23
May 24th 2010


426 Comments


Sure is.......

Titan50
May 24th 2010


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gorillaz
Hip-Hop, Alt Rock, Pop

Raz0rGrind23
May 25th 2010


426 Comments


Ah, no biggy. I just saw it posted on the metal page in the user reviews.

Hodgmand
September 12th 2010


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Songs should be in quotes.

0vrot
December 25th 2010


459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dracula, Dracula....*sweet sounds*



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