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Gorillaz
Reviewer Rating: 8/10
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Review by: BurnMyEyes93
Added on: April 20, 2017
I was in middle school when Gorillaz started making a name for themselves, I remember hearing Clint Eastwood for the first time on MySpace back then and I remember not being able to comprehend what I was hearing. As somebody who grew up as a big fan of both Alternative Rock and Hip Hop, these guys really struck a chord with me. I never heard anything like it. At the time, it was as though all the genres I loved had a baby. After jamming Clint Eastwood non stop for a few weeks I went to the local CD store and picked this album up. It was then that I became hooked on the strangest band I ever heard (at the time). I'm gonna go into detail on my personal favorite selections from this debut by everyone's favorite animated oddballs!

The album starts off with Re Hash, a mellow track that honestly, to this day, I have no clue what it's about. The thumping bass line gets you hooked right away, making you expect a hip hop jam, then when that hippy esque guitar chimes in it's like a whole new song. Vocally, Damon Albarn doesn't dissapoint! Noodle's backing vocals add a feeling of relaxation that makes you feel high! This is definitely what I'd consider a stoner song. It just has that vibe. It pulls it off well. It's like Phish meets Trip Hop. Good stuff.

Tommorow Comes Today has a more depressing vibe to it, not that it's nessesarily a sad song, but it feels very meloncoly. Again, no clue what the songs about, but I guess that's a part of what makes the Gorillaz the Gorillaz. I believe it's cellos that are used in this track, something I dont hear much of in modern alternative, at least in the mainstream. Solid, relaxing tune.


Clint Eastwood, easily the best on the album, as well as one of their most, if not THE most commercially successful song the band has released to date, blew my mind. This one is without a doubt an essential stoner track. Instrumentally, it's funky, smooth and jazzy. Del Tha Funky Homosapien makes his first appearance here, and he totally kills it! I can't think of a rapper more perfect of a fit for this bands sound than him. Lyrically, his raps are very thought provoking. And who can forget the catchy chorus? One of my favorite choruses in music. You just can't help but sing along. Again, Damon doesn't miss a step. The bass line is also one of my favorites both from a listener stand point as well as from a musician standpoint. It's so damn smooth.

Punk kinda comes off as a bit of a tongue in cheek parody of the likes of American Idiot era Green Day, it's catchy, but not too memorable. A nice change of pace for the album. It's pretty short and simplistic so there's not much to say about it. The guitar riff is rather catchy.

Double Bass is a relaxing instrumental track that I still to this day throw on when I'm just chilling around the house. It's a good "chill out" song. Also reminds me of a Phish song. I feel Phish was a big inspiration for this album. The keyboards are my favorite part of this track. Makes me think of African drumming. Something I'd expect to hear at a coffee house. Just has a slam poetry contest vibe to it. That's just what pops into my head anyways.

Starshine seems to be heavily inspired by indie rock. It's very poetic. Not too much to say about it, it's just a catchy little tune.

Rock the House is definitely a standout. Del is back on this one and yet again, he totally kills it. Definitely a song that lives up to its title. I love the inclusion of trumpets on this one. Adds just a little more pazazz. The drums are also very catchy, very symbol driven. Another very relaxing tune that you can't help but sing along to.

As for the songs I didn't mention in detail, 5/4 and 19-2000 were enjoyable, but there's really not much to say about them. Id call them good "filler" tracks. I find myself skipping the other songs, that's understandable. Not many albums are 100% gold. Overall, this album is definitely in my top 20 favorite albums of all time. I've never heard a band blend so many genres of music together so flawlessly. Hip-hop, Alt Rock, Pop Punk, Psychedelic Rock, and Jazz all meet up here, and it's a hell of a good time!
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