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The Fall [CD]

Gorillaz Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone/EMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen13. Bobby In Phoenix (Feat. Bobby Womack) 3:160.79  Buy MP3 
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Fourth studio album by the British virtual band. The album was recorded on Damon Albarn's Apple iPad, during the group's 2010 world tour, and includes the single 'Revolving Doors/Amarillo'.

BBC Review

There’s an argument to be made that the history of music has actually been the history of the tools used to make or capture that music, that the fresh and exciting stuff happens just as the technology is invented which allows it to happen. Certainly it’s hard to imagine the sparkling and precise acoustic balladry of the early 70s without hi-fi stereophonic sound, or the rise of hip hop without the benefits of MIDI, samplers and drum machines.

This is the first high-profile album to have been made primarily on an iPad, a labour of exploration that Damon Albarn put together on last year’s Gorillaz tour. Two years ago, it couldn’t exist. Now it does. Does this therefore mean that it represents a stunning step forward in musical creation?

Well no, that’s not really what iPads do. They re-create, in the touchscreen universe, devices which already exist: virtual vocoders, synth emulators, i-theremins and analogue warmth creators. Opening blast Phoner to Arizona is like a potted history of musical electronica – but there’s nothing which carries the sonic hallmark of the tool itself.

Damon himself is a lot easier to spot. Apart from samples or snatches of dialogue, and one exceptional exception, his is the only voice present, his whispery, disengaged ghost hanging over everything. And when he’s good, he’s great. Amarillo darkly tolls like a robot national anthem, Revolving Doors is a melancholy travelogue through a foggy past, Hillbilly Man is two short and very different songs nailed together unceremoniously.

But there are also sketches and doodles, half-formed thoughts like Shy Town and Little Plastic Bags, better left in Damon’s hard drive until he found a decent chorus. Bobby in Phoenix – the exception – is a fried masterpiece; a union between Bobby Womack’s raddled acoustic soul and Damon’s digital heaven which offers a tantalising glimpse of a more collaborative record.

This, then, is an album which could only have been made for a post-iPad world. It opens the door to tantalising, exciting possibilities, but it’s also fragmented, distracted and indulgent. It’s almost like the real thing, but somehow not.

--Fraser McAlpine

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2-D or not 2-D 18 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
It seems out of character for a Gorillaz album to materialise so soon after its predecessor. There was a four year gap between the 'self-titled' album and 'Demon Days' and five years between that and 'Plastic Beach'. So many of us are still digesting Plastic Beach and 'pop' there's a new album. The reason being, 'The Fall' is not really a conventional album in the true sense of the word. What Albarn has essentially done is produced an almost solo effort "recorded between Montreal and Vancouver over 32 days last autumn in North America". The album has been completely created on an iPad using various applications.

So off the bat this is worlds apart from what was experienced with 'Plastic Beach'. The album is far, far more relaxed and effortless to listen to. It could easily fall into the category of 'easy listening'. It's an interesting concept. The album feels like a stream of musing and influence by a musician, it feels buoyant and unrestrained, there is no over-exertion and no hint of any track being contrived and over thought. It is dream like, you can almost anticipate that curious loneliness, tumble weed-curiosity; being somewhere else intrigued by a different culture. The more you listen to it the more it feels like the album is capturing steps of a journey; effectively a diary. The album is a series of auditory reflections, it feels as if Albarn is using music in the way most people would write a conventional day-to-day diary.

What Albarn has done takes gumption by the barrel load. It will be met with criticism I don't doubt. However looking back the initial intention of forming the Gorillaz as a band was to create something entertaining that cuts through a lot of unnecessary nonsense the music industry is plagued by and Albarn is doing just that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laid Back Tour Diary 27 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Don't expect this to be the full bells-and-whistles extravaganza of a full Gorillaz album release. It makes more sense to compare it to the D-Sides and G-Sides collections in feel because it is a disparate collection of short songs and musical sketches that are relatively unpolished rather than designed for chart success. It is a mini album really, weighing in at only 43 minutes despite the 15 tracks.

Recorded on iPads as a series of reflections on touring and places visited on the way, it actually makes a surprisingly coherent whole. Even though the order of the tracks was dictated purely by the order that the songs were written and recorded, the sequencing is nevertheless very effective, and often tracks segue into each other seamlessly as the album shifts scenes and moods. The obvious standout tracks for me are Revolving Doors, which is furiously addictive and always leaves you wanting more after it's finished, and Amarillo, a glorious shimmering roman candle of a song. But there are plenty of other standouts: The Joplin Spider, HillBilly Man, Shy-Town, Aspen Forest and many others. In fact only two tracks seem surplus to requirements, The Speak it Mountains and Seattle Yodel, which are perhaps a noodle too far.

Over all then, a collection of mood pieces and scenes interspersed with a some really fine songs, this is a sunny laid back road trip of an album. It's a tribute too to Damon Albarn's inspiration and output, these songs were all written and recorded no more than a couple of days apart in the space of a few weeks, something I can't imagine anyone else doing these days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a road trip, and that's great 25 April 2011
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Hey, stop treating this as a traditional 'album'. It's not just a collection of individual tracks put in some order, it's a road trip. You know road movies? You don't pull out individual scenes (though there may be good ones that stand alone). You relax and sink in to the whole journey. Do that with this album. Relax, listen, switch off criticism for a while, and just soak in the sounds of a journey. It's great! Not the best album ever laid down, but worth listening to many times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the bad reviews - this is great 5 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
I don't know what software Damon has on his iPad, but it's definitely better than mine - and Garageband wasn't out when this was recorded!

It's not the software anyway (just like owning a nice Stratocaster doesn't turn you into a good guitarist) - it's the inventiveness and creativity - in Damon's case, the almost constant stream of it - that floors you. Always has. I'm personally really happy to have been able to hear the audio diary of one of this age's greatest musical talents on a major world tour (which I imagine must be pretty exhausting in itself). Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fall - Gorillaz 30 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
Really glad I bought this album, but am a big Damon fan so I may be a little biased. I cannot fault its musical content although it perhaps lacks some of the depth of Plastic Beach. Lovely stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Gorillaz 21 July 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I recently brought this album very hesitantly as after hearing Phoner To Arzona I was not impressed.
The album is a good listen but it is not like other Gorillaz work and is a very experimental album. It sounds more like a movie score that an album, neither the less it was a good album.

Although I was not impressed with the packaging, it comes in a cardboard case which is bent very easily and it does not contain a booklet at all which is very displeasing.

- Music 6/10 Good, but not the Gorillaz we all know and love
- Product 4/10 Enjoyed the artwork but the rest is quite bland and the lack of booklet lets it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good thanks
Published 2 months ago by jonathan whytock
5.0 out of 5 stars An understated mellow gem
For me The Fall works in a similar way to Tubular Bells or a good soundtrack album. It rolls along nicely in the background and occasionally grabs my attention in a great way. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound
Absolutely love the Gorillaz, this album doesn't disappoint for me. I am currently wearing it out in my car stereo!!
Published 12 months ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gorillaz record
"...and yes, it's a diary of a sort of sonic journey around America. [...] It's another record from Gorillaz, but I don't think you could classify it as THE NEXT Gorillaz album. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Supremely good
SO impressed with this CD & would say that it is my favourite so far. Highly original as usual, there's evening a yodel at the end. Superb!
Published 15 months ago by Nikki
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the collection!
This is what Plastic Beach should have sounded like, some unique beats, sweeping soundscapes and complex meleodies - very much an Albarn project though..
Published 17 months ago by A D Weir
5.0 out of 5 stars musical brilliance with a sting in the tail
I had heard an album by Gorillaz prior to listening to this one, and it did nothing for me at all; i have a recollection of it being cacophonous noise; however, "the fall", is, for... Read more
Published 19 months ago by cagire
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb album.
A modern masterpiece I think. By far my favourite of the Gorillaz albums. Some great song writing and excellent execution. Definitely worth the few quid and highly recommendable!
Published 19 months ago by Jw
4.0 out of 5 stars Tpically good Gorillaz
I don't suppose there is much to add that others haven't commented on already. So, to summarise, classic Gorrillaz, both chilled and electic sound with the odd gem.
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by xercron
2.0 out of 5 stars Gorillaz have left me behind...
The Gorillaz collective has become way too experimental for my taste and I'm afraid Damon Albarn is in danger of disappearing up his own arse these days :o(

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Published on 14 Sep 2011 by S. Martin
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