album review: gorillaz
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 09, 2010

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Characterizing Gorillaz is kind of like defining 'umami,' the mysterious fifth "taste" that westerners qualify with "meaty" or "savory". Sure we know it when we eat it, but it has no basic element can it be compared to (it doesn't exist like salt or sugar). The Japanese seem to have a better handle on it (or at least an earlier one, hence the proper name). Funny that Damon Albarn also takes on a mysteriously eastern flair (a personal interest), with his Monkeying around on the side and his anime obsession. Gorillaz are the most successful virtual band according to the Guiness Book of World Records, and that is no simulation. The music has evolved from a simple Blur offspring to something much more futuristic and electronic in nature, spawning orchestral interludes, narratives, and easter eggs for music fans and comic book nerds alike (of which I am all of the above). In short: Gorillaz has become Albarn's own personal dynasty.

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