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The Fall

18 April 2011

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  Song Title
Phoner To Arizona
Revolving Doors
HillBilly Man
Little Pink Plastic Bags
The Joplin Spider
The Parish Of Space Dust
The Snake In Dallas
The Speak It Mountains
Aspen Forest
Bobby In Phoenix (Feat. Bobby Womack)
California And The Slipping Of The Sun
Seattle Yodel

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 7 Mar 2011
  • Release Date: 7 Mar 2011
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 2011 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2011 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 43:20
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  • ASIN: B004U2G7XI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,601 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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54 of 55 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
Format:MP3 Download
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 7 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 7 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 10 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 12 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 14 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 14 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(

If you... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2011 by S. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so sure about this one
As a long-standing Gorillaz fan, I felt that this one was not up to the normal standard. Whilst re-invention is a key part of the Gorillaz appeal, this seems to have gone a little... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2011 by GDM
2.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed
Might have been technically advanced being produced on an I-pad. But overall it just seems to be background noises in the USA with some notes added.
Published on 29 May 2011 by big-luap
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