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Plastic Beach Gorillaz new album

New Gorillaz album weird, but indescribably good

By David Robles March 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm

The Gorillaz

With their third studio album, the virtual band Gorillaz has outdone itself in nearly every category. The creativity and broad range of the man behind the curtain, Damon Albarn, truly come out as his brainchild, Gorillaz, evolves into something totally new with the release of “Plastic Beach.”

Sounding like Pink Floyd in a futuristic setting, Gorillaz have a way of fitting every genre into an album that couldn’t possibly be put into a genre. Featuring artists from Snoop Dogg to Paul Simon, “Plastic Beach” manages to keep things varied yet still have a clear movement through the tracks that allows the album to flow from start to finish.

“Plastic Beach” begins with an orchestral introduction reminiscent of the kind of score that would accompany a 1970s helicopter ride. This leads into track two, a crescendo and a drop of everything but an organ, drums and a funky bass.

Snoop Dogg’s drawl slows the Gorillaz down to a tempo they rarely accomodate. The brass band makes even Snoop sound classy as he introduces the listener to the new world Albarn set out to create: “Welcome to the world of the Plastic Beach.”

The third track, “White Flag,” continues the trend, juxtaposing the Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music’s soft flute and strings with the harsher grime flows of British rappers Kano and Bashy.

“Rhinestone Eyes” is an eerie synthesizer-filled song in which Albarn seems more to speak his lyrics than sing them.

Not far behind is the single “Stylo,” featuring Bobby Womack and rapper Mos Def.

Mos Def’s monotone rapping is punctuated by Albarn’s singsong chorus. Topped off with Womack’s half-yells, the song has more soul than any other Gorillaz track […]

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