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Gorillaz is more than “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good”.

Gorillaz is more than “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good”.

Gorillaz is more than “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good”.

Having clear this one out of the way, “Humanz” was just released after a  7 year period hiatus where only silence took place. During it, nothing changed. They are here, they sound as good as ever before, long live good music like this. It sounds nothing like their main hits and it embodies the theory that Gorillaz live from contemporaneous music inspirations. They do not get stuck in time and develop harmoniously picking up from the current culture and making it theirs. If the culture nowadays is worse than ten years ago their inspirations are also not as good.

From the very beginning you notice by the album construction that there is a story being told here. An Album that definitely has to be played in his numerical order the full one hour and nine minutes that Gorillaz mastered there.

With “Ascension” they take you to their new music level where Vance Staples is the new era rapper. One of the best things of this album is definitely the pumped up kick it gives you from the start. A must needed one that prepares you with good vibes from “Strobelite” which takes you to the disco entrance, “Saturn Barz” where you get your drink anxiously towards the  Good  “Momentz” you so much look forward in the beginning of every Friday night.

The Mission Statement of Gorillaz appears to show in the first interlude with:

“And Now The Non-conformist Oath: I promise to be different. I promise to be unique. I promise not to repeat what other people say.”

Can Pop be cool again? Yes it can. “Submission” is not the best song in the album at all. It’s there to push the vibes up to prepare the second part of this trip. We all need a cheer up sometimes and this poppy approach fits the new Gorillaz. And a good built up for a darker “Charger” that reminds us of the good old Gorillaz that actually good scare you to what they did with their music. Finally due to some fascination I have with the Cosmos as well as for Brit Space Rock “Andromeda” was the only song I immediately added to my personal playlist, knowing that probably will listen to it a lot the next couple of weeks until getting sick of it.

Sometimes we don’t even know what we want… Steve Jobs when selling the iPhone for the first time said “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” And apparently the Gorillaz shown me that I needed an electronic sad ballad in a kind of “Air” way with their unique Damon Albarn touch. The Gorilla is revealed in “Busted and Blue”.

What about 6 interludes in one album? Some of them last 5 seconds other 30 but they all add some sort of body relevance to the album. The best two being “Talk Radio” and “Penthouse” just due to how well they build up the two songs that separates them with “Carnival” where Anthony Hamilton gets a nomination for best feature in the album and one epic trip rock tribute in “Let Me Out”.

“Penthouse” also gives starts to some type of orgy titled “Sex Murder Party” a kind of numb weird trip with some male rap voices giving the appearance of some sexiness. Paired with it comes “She’s my collar” definitely not a good couple for my musical tastebuds.

One of the greatest surprises I had was “Hallelujah Money”. I knew it and I hated it. Simple. I really love the work of Benjamin Clementine and I appreciate quite a lot as well the work of Gorillaz. However when hearing it out of context it really was total deception. However when given the album stream context it is a good contribution for the trip. Still, was expecting something else from such a collaboration.

The greatest disaster? Probably the downward turn towards the “1975” or something even worse with “We Got the Power” featuring Jenny Beth. They really got it wrong with a confusingly happy, pop, nothing new, nothing to add kind of song.

Finally with the entrance to the “New World” with their final interlude one embarks to the probably most intense part of this trip, the coming down. As screamed in “Out of Body” everyone is still “so high”. However this one breaks in two when the featured singers change between them. In a totally different way in the beginning however meeting in the end in perfect harmony creating a song I wish I can listen to soon in a disco near me.

“The Apprentice” deserves a highlight for not being part of the Album but of the Deluxe Version Only. A Fan Favourite already

The last two songs are the needed “Happy Ending” to a trip that was sometimes scary, confusing, depressing and filled with rushed moments of happiness drifted from addictions. But isn’t that life nowadays?

They did it again. Drained the energies of the World surrounding them and created an inspired parallel universe I wish I could visit in a near future. Will I be listening to songs from this album frequently? Probably just a couple. However it is a remarkable statement from a band I really admire and hope to get more from in the future. In times like these, an album like this has to be seen as a bless from the skies when compared to others that make it until the top.

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