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Everyday Robots

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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 (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,248 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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4.1 out of 5 stars

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43 of 45 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 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 Amazon Customer on 26 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2015
Format: Audio CD
As far as I'm concerned, Damon Albarn, the frontman of Blur and Gorillaz is a god in the world of music, and his debut album, released last year has been long overdue and much anticipated. 'Everyday Roberts' did not disappoint me, and I think it's absolutely beautiful, not to mention catchy. I should point out straight away that the music here is nothing much like the material of his two big bands, this is almost a completely new sound, and a showcase of his abundance talents.

With honest, reflectful lyrics and a variety of instruments and production, 'Everyday Roberts' is very pleasing on the ear. My personal favourite song is the quirky 'Mr. Tempo', a jolly little track that makes me feel warm each time I hear it and the one I find myself playing on repeat until I realise that it's now the seventh consecutive time, it should have been a big hit. The title track is stunning, like a Radiohead song with a robots theme, and 'Heavy Seas of Love' and 'Lonely Press Play' are equally wonderful.

Damon Albarn is such a versatile talent and a very creative guy. If you are looking for a great album, I highly recommend that you buy your copy of 'Everyday Robots' today, and pre-order the upcoming Blur album which is out in April, music with Mr. Albarn really is something!

The deluxe edition is available here: Everyday Robots [CD+DVD], and contains a bonus DVD, featuring the official promotional video of the title track 'Everyday Robots'.
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By Jonathan M on 10 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
Well I must confess something here I never liked Gorrilaz, and I was never a fan of all these Chinese Monkey Operas Damon Albarn wrote.

I tried to get into The Good bad and the queen but it was more of the same, just session musicians twiddling about.

This is the first interesting thing Damon A has done since Blurs Think Tank, while Graham Coxon has been letting fly with 4 very inventive and energetic solo albums (music you wish Damon would do more of!), we have been subjected to his witterings of England and the ungraceful-ness of it all, also on Damon Albarns part.

The truth is, I want to hear another album from Damon that resonates with Parklife or The Great Escape. Something new, not the same old stuff, winding its weary way up the hill and down again, only to be met with a rainy day.

The problem with this album is, its grey and bland. Its the kind of album you'd listen to on headphones walking along a damp path next to a muddy river miles and miles from anywhere from home.

That is why it isn't that great, its not inspiring at all.
I mean, I can fully appreciate Damons concern for his country or the world and it needs a narrative of someone. But heavens, he might cheer up a bit if he just wrote something more enthusiastic and fun like Graham has been doing (his 2004 and 2006 albums for example)

I mean, I've only heard one song from his 2009 album but it sounds almost just like Modern life is rubbish, so that fact that Graham was only about the guitars and not the other things that made Blurs music what it was, is not true at all, because you can hear it.

I think Damon just needs to cheer up a bit and write something more sunny and optimistic not so dreary and dull.

Its a good, contrast perhaps to...Grahams guitar songs, but overall, its hardly going to be replayed with much enthusiasm.
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