17 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The world’s first virtual band—a mischievous collaboration between Blur frontman Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett—make a pitch-perfect opening statement on this wildly eclectic debut. But for all the conceptual trickery (“Punk”, for example, is a self-aware riot of guitar and handclaps) Gorillaz is ultimately a celebration of pop’s direct power. “Tomorrow Comes Today” brings rainsoaked trip hop, and “Clint Eastwood” pits Del the Funky Homosapien’s rhyming against a hook fit to enter Albarn’s melodic Hall of Fame.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

The world’s first virtual band—a mischievous collaboration between Blur frontman Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett—make a pitch-perfect opening statement on this wildly eclectic debut. But for all the conceptual trickery (“Punk”, for example, is a self-aware riot of guitar and handclaps) Gorillaz is ultimately a celebration of pop’s direct power. “Tomorrow Comes Today” brings rainsoaked trip hop, and “Clint Eastwood” pits Del the Funky Homosapien’s rhyming against a hook fit to enter Albarn’s melodic Hall of Fame.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

Andrew Galang ,

Great Album

Out of the main studio albums that Gorillaz has released thier debut is by far their best work. The songs 19-2000, Tommorow Comes Today, and Clint Eastwood are classics, but the songs 5/4, Slow Country, and Sound Check (Gravity) are the best on the album. If you are not a fan of the Gorillaz that is fine, but if you are a fan of Alt rock this album is an album you must listen to. It just sounds and feels very unigue.

AlexWesker ,

Awsome band

♪(*^^)o∀*∀o(^^*)♪

sampaige7 ,

Authentically Revolutionary

Combining alternative rock, hip hop, dub, and some reggae and electronic influences, this technicolor album is an experience in and of itself. It manages to weave these different genres into a work of art that offers a variety of sounds to listeners of all demographics. Albarn's vocals lend the full range of their reedy imploring tone to 2D, knowing when to take front stage as they do in the in-your-face tracks "Punk" and "5/4", and when to simmer with the layered instrumentation like in "Slow Country" and "Tomorrow Comes Today". In fact, the instrumentation is allowed plenty of room to take center stage, memorably in the jittery track "Double Bass". Even if you aren't a fan of the admittedly somewhat calamitous and eclectic tracks on this album, you will find that the wonderfully animated videos and art by Jamie Hewlett add another dimension to this project. The image is just as vital as the music to this animated band, and the characters are designed to draw you into this grungy, colorful world, creating a full immersion in the strange and indulgent experience of the Gorillaz. Most impressive is the band's ability to fully utilize the creative capacity of our current technological climate. While many artists continue to box themselves into one category and neglect their full potential, this project dives head first and drags the listener right down with it as it explores new ways to create in this rapidly changing world. While some may shy away at this deviance from the musical norm, claiming it lacks the authenticity of more conventional musicians, a strong argument can be made for the opposite. By removing the celebrity image we've grown so accustomed to, the Gorillaz invent a new way to produce quality art that's just as fun and exciting to witness today as it was fourteen years ago. A clear strike against the argument that one must remain within conservative means to create timeless and meaningful work. An engaging experience for both the eyes and ears, this album is a step towards the future of creativity.

More By Gorillaz

You May Also Like