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Everyday Robots

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Damon Albarn Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With Everyday Robots, the first fully-realised Damon Albarn solo album, listeners are invited into his world for a genuine 'one- to-one'. The 12 songs here are the most soul-searching and autobiographical since his musical journey began.

This album is more directly personal and quite clearly about his experiences, from early childhood through to now. Ghosts of Albarn's boyhood in Leytonstone and Colchester walk hand-in-hand with reflections on life and love. He visits recent haunts including The Westway and idyllic Devon as well as pondering the trappings of our modern existence such as computer games and mobile phones as nature versus technology.

Produced by Richard Russell, the XL Recordings boss with whom Damon co-produced Bobby Womack's The Bravest Man in the Universe, Everyday Robots features notable guest appearances from Brian Eno, who adds synths to the richly atmospheric “You and Me” and elegant vocals to the album finale “Heavy Seas of Love”. Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes) pops up with suitably dreamy backing on the “Selfish Giant”.

It's undeniable that Everyday Robots bears a strong, soulful edge to Damon's vocals and even a taste of full-blown gospel when Leytonstone's Pentecostal City Mission Church Choir swing into action on the album’s most upbeat track, “Mr Tembo” - inspired perhaps by a lifelong love of soul going back to childhood influences including Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, as well as gospel artists Mahalia Jackson and his grandfather’s Paul Robeson records.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine album from Damon Albarn 28 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
He's good, that Damon Albarn, isn't he? I've known and liked his work for years, but I can't claim to be a real Albarn aficionado so others may have more informed insights into this album. For what it's worth, though, I think this is a very fine album. It has a rather laid-back, often jazzy feel to it, reminding me of some greats of the 70s and 80s. I was reminded of people like Robert Wyatt, Paul Weller, Pink Floyd in Grantchester Meadows mode, even the more mellow side of Lou Reed...you get the idea. It's great stuff, beautifully produced with pretty stripped-down backing but a lovely rich sound.

The songs are a varied and interesting bunch. As you'd expect from Albarn they are melodically and harmonically excellent and have enjoyable and intelligent lyrics. If there is an overall theme it is the dehumanisation of modern life and how we interact with electronics more and each other less. The album's opening line, "We are everyday robots on our phones..." and lines like, "It's hard to be your lover when the TV's on..." strike home well, I think.

I've listened to this album a lot (I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy), and am continuing to do so with great pleasure. It will be part of the soundtrack to many people's summer, I suspect, but there's real meat here and I think it will last a lot longer. I'd recommend it very warmly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album 5 July 2014
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I'm not a big Blur fan but I appreciate good music and it takes a little persuasion for me to purchase albums these days.
I found this a great honest album and I like the stripped back aspect of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not sure what so people have against this album. Yes it is melancholy in places, but it's also incredibly beautiful. It's also incredibly catchy too - I defy anyone not to sing along to the second part of 'You and Me' which IMO is one of his best songs in years!

If you like Blur, the Gorillaz, or indeed any of the other projects Damon has put his name to in recent years, and give this album a genuine chance, you will be rewarded with one of the best albums of the year, and one of Damon's best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music 2 July 2014
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Great solo album from Damon Albarn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius! 2 July 2014
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You know what your getting when you buy anything which Damon Albarn is involved in. A timeless classic! If you're a fan of blur or/and gorillaz you will love this album.
Like all his music, in my opinion it should be in a genre all on its own. Genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album 1 July 2014
By Rachel
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Takes a couple of listen's but really love it now!
Mr Temple is my favourite so far but the other tunes are growing on me!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars vinyl is good value, mp3 copy included free 29 Jun 2014
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Bit melancholy in terms of tunes, lyrics quite upbeat though. Lot of diverse instruments and production. Not at all like blur or gorillaz which is the whole point. Vinyl is a double album and looks super.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slow-burning modern masterpiece 26 Jun 2014
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Everyday Robots is heavy. It’s an album weighed down by a kind of lovelorn resignation to modern life’s challenges. It’s there from the opening moments… shuffling out of the shadows and gently clunking, twinkling and wheezing towards the lovely conclusion of ‘Heavy Seas of Love’. Damon sings of the stuff that sits wearily on his shoulders.

There’s something of early Boards of Canada’s landmark hymns to nostalgia in the tone and feel of the album. It’s dense with sound. Things click and whirr. Voices echo in and out of time. Yet the whole thing breathes. It’s open and warm and there’s space enough to climb inside to let it all wash over you. Listened to from afar, it might drift a little. The jaunty excursion of Mr Tembo aside, this is a mono-paced mooch of an album. On occasion the songs drift in to one another, woozily lurching from idea to idea.

It’s beautiful, though. Just listen. Melancholy melodies come and go. Unexpected musical twists catch the ear. The whole thing ebbs and flows. Its hands are dug in pockets and eyes are only for the ground, but its bones and heart are full of hope.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Masterpiece.
I have liked everything that I have heard over the years by Damon Albarn and this solo album has proved to be no exception. Musically it a masterpiece. Read more
Published 4 days ago by susan mary
1.0 out of 5 stars To quote Jimmy from Quadrophenia...
To quote Jimmy from Quadrophenia...

'why don't you just turn over a do a few underwater farts'. An overrated dirge.
Published 12 days ago by Mr A Watt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album
Published 15 days ago by Allan Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service & product, thanks! +++++
Excellent service & product, thanks! +++++
Published 17 days ago by Grandpoombah
5.0 out of 5 stars where have last 25 years gone mate ?
back to his best
nice one damon
more blur please though !!!!!!
and tour of cardiff please
been a long time since 1991 at students uni.
Published 19 days ago by elvis
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is wonderfully quirky, always melodic
This album is wonderfully quirky, always melodic, adventurous yet not without a certain comforting familiarity of Albarn's back catalogue with Gorillaz and Blur, and I will be bold... Read more
Published 20 days ago by New Kid in Town
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great album from a great artist.
Published 29 days ago by gary davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by me
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love Mr Tembo
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Cousins
1.0 out of 5 stars Should not have listened to reviews before purchase. Sychophants.
Awful album by an overrated musician.
Published 1 month ago by richard
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