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Gorillaz - Humanz - 2cd -

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I appreciate that the lack of Damon Albarn on Humanz has pissed a few people off, and that it feels more like a curated compilation than a project with a central concept that Gorillaz usually work so hard to create, but what's here that's worthy of hate? It's not up to the standards of Demon Days, it doesn't have the emotive pull of Plastic Beach, but this is a predominantly solid record from back to front. Occasionally it's flawless, with 'Saturnz Barz' and 'Andromeda' both confidently up there with some of the group's best ever material; 'Ascension', 'Momentz' and 'Let Me Out' are all great fun; 'Busted and Blue' is something of an extended interlude but it's carefully plotted; even in its weaker moments, like 'We Got the Power' or 'Sex Murder Party', they're both vibrant enough to justify their place here.

The fact is, much like Kendrick earlier this month (just to compare Humanz to another big recent release) Damon has already released more genuine classic material than most other artists will in their entire careers, so anything from this point on that's a solid 7/10 or 8/10 is always going to be more than acceptable. Gorillaz might only be four albums in (let's not count The Fall, shall we?) but Damon's twenty-five years deep at this point. Creating a record that's this diverse, active and relevant a quarter of a century into any artist's career is usually beyond their capabilities. Albarn's had a lot of help from his massive book of contacts here but he's used them to good effect. I'm happy - Gorillaz are back after ages and they're not shit. In fact, they're better than "not shit", they're still more than capable of making hugely diverse albums that are always burning to be a huge pop experience.

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