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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00HYFGSPU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211 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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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 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 By AMarsh01 on 4 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MR P SANDERSON on 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 By New Kid in Town on 1 Oct 2014
Format: Audio CD
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 enough to say - a strangely beautiful album.

Certainly not a pre-party album, though the brilliant 'Mr Tembo' is certainly jolly enough, the musicality, warmth and reflectiveness of this album is such a satisfying listen; a multi faceted album that makes the likes of London Grammar seems like beige wallpaper - whilst achieving a great warmth in the way the music reflects the musing and thoughtfully contemplative lyrics.

You don't need to be a fan as such, but if you enjoyed the Albarn's more reflective and quirky back catalogue and Blur's final album 'Think Tank' - that should be a good indicator whether you'll enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luke Doswell on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Sinclair on 29 Jun 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on 1 July 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wellieboot on 2 July 2014
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Great solo album from Damon Albarn.
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