It’s hard to believe that the Gorillaz have gotten to the point where they’re rivaling the stuff that Damon Albarn output with Blur, but I’ll be damned if they’re not there. It’s just a shame that this album doesn’t stand up to the best stuff Gorrilaz has put out so far. There are some standout tracks like Strobelite - a Bobby Womackesque track reminiscent of Fake Plastic Beach, and Submission that are unabashed funk at its best but they tend to get overwhelmed by duffers like Saturn Barz and Momentz that just doesn’t hit. Songs that should have been stand outs like Charger featuring Grace Jones just feel disjointed, and I just couldn’t shake that feeling throughout listening to the album. It’s patchy. It has some highs, but to quote Damon “this is a low.”
Originally published in Kirkby Extra, August 2017.
Monthly music columnist for the Kirkby Extra, sometimes article writer for Get Into This. Freelance writer/artist/maker.