Gorrilaz Hit the Plastic Beach

By Damien Femi Johnson

Microblog: A review of the English virtual band Gorillaz third, and most ambitious alternative album to date ? Plastic Beach.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w_upzACEVo Following the que of their highly accredited second album, Demon Days, pseudo-faceted rockers Gorrilaz have yet again flaunted their compositional skills with their latest instalment, Plastic Beach. In an array of genres blended together, the album is alternative to say the least, yet Plastic Beach proves to be everything ardent fans have come to expect and enjoy from the British duo of frontman Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewlett; their eclectic style reaches beyond borders and stereotypes, nationalities and cultures? up and clear of reality, where Superfast Jellyfish come in last, but just in time for breakfast. Conceived from an unfinished Gorillaz project called Carousel, the album was recorded during June 2008 to November 2009 and has a much deeper feel than listeners traditionally get from previous records; the title referring to pollution and eco-awareness. What constitutes as proper music today? Soulja Boy? Lady Gaga? Bach? The album?s success shows more than just a few have the taste to accommodate the variety this albums brings; the fact that there is so much music condensed into 57 minutes is no mean feat ? there is something for all your moods. The main potency of the record comes from its collaborations with an eclectic collection of musicians and music groups; English grime rappers Kano and Bashy perform alongside The Lebanese National Orchestra For Oriental Arabic Music in White Flag, while Snoop Dogg acts as the master of ceremonies with his introductory rap in Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach, and old hands at the game De La Soul, Mos Def and Gruff Rhys enjoy several sessions with the Gorillaz crew. Released on 3 March 2010 on Parlophone and Virgin Records, Plastic Beach debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and went on to sell 112,000 copies in its first week, of which 62,000 were digital copies. The album enjoyed generally positive reviews and as of October 2010, Plastic Beach has sold just over 1,000,000 copies worldwide.>

Track Listing No.
Title
Length 1.
“Orchestral Intro (Feat. sinfonia ViVA)”
1:09 2.
“Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)”
3:35 3.
“White Flag (Feat. Bashy, Kano, & Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music)”
3:43 4.
“Rhinestone Eyes”
3:20 5.
“Stylo (Feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def)”
4:30 6.
“Superfast Jellyfish (Feat. De La Soul & Gruff Rhys)”
2:54 7.
“Empire Ants (Feat. Little Dragon)”
4:43 8.
“Glitter Freeze (Feat. Mark E. Smith)”
4:03 9.
“Some Kind of Nature (Feat. Lou Reed)”
2:59 10.
“On Melancholy Hill”
3:53 11.
“Broken”
3:17 12.
“Sweepstakes (Feat. Mos Def & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)”
5:20 13.
“Plastic Beach (Feat. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon)”
3:47 14.
“To Binge (Feat. Yukimi Nagano)”
3:55 15.
“Cloud of Unknowing (Feat. Bobby Womack & sinfonia ViVA)”
3:06 16.
“Pirate Jet”
2:32 Total length:
56:46.

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