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The Good, The Bad & The Queen
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.03

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another tangent, another musical genre & another incarnation for Damon Albarn, 30 Jan 2007
I do not know whether to dorf my cap to Damon Albarn for being one of our generation's greatest innovators and experimentors with the release of this new side-project or whether to ask him to get back with the one-and-only Blur to produce another great album.

Albarn, as he did for the Gorillaz-project, has once again surrounded himself with a myriad of amazing and well-respected artists... who could imagine a line of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon (Clash), Simon Tong (Verve) & Tony Allen (Keti) for The Good, the Bad & the Queen? A fascinating and intriguing concept that will, no doubt, have many commentators wondering if such a project could ever live up to expectations.

Fortunately, the album is just as fascinating and interesting as the band name and line-up! It is an album that will not reveal all its idiosyncracies, secrets & qualities within the first few listens; indeed it requires and merits perseverence. That is not to say that this album is hardwork, quite the contrary, it merely takes time to fully-appreciate the gentle, understated & soulful sounds of TGTB&TQ lamenting the "Modern Life" of Londoners & Brits alike.

Much has been said (including comments from Albarn himself) that this is the natural-successor to "Parklife" with its social & political observations woven loosley into the lyrics. However this is where the comparisons end since TGTB&TQ displays a more mature, soulful, indepth & intellectual view from a band that have travelled the globe with their own respective fame and returned to find the "snotty little island of mixed-up people" embracing their routines (both good and bad) all the while trying to resist change.

It is an understated album with Allen drumming his afro-beat with quiet, but efficient precision; Tong strums similarly; while Simonon lurks menacingly with the bass backbone behind Albarn's quirky piano-tinkerings and socio-observant lyrics, but the quietness allows the band's intensity to shine through.

If there is one criticism to be levelled at the band, it is that some of songs feel a little incomplete. Songs such as "Green Fields," "History Song" & "Kingdom of Doom" are short and shy of lyrics, thus leaving the listener with a feeling that these songs could have been developed into something more substantial. However this is only a minor grumble and does not detract from the overall listening experience on offer here. Definitely one of the records to watch for in 2007!

Demon Days Live [DVD] [2006]
Demon Days Live [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Gorillaz
Offered by inandout-distribution
Price: £14.79

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as being there yourself!, 26 Mar 2006
This review is from: Demon Days Live [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Unlike most groups when they release a DVD of a live concert performance - you may watch it the once and put it away for quite some time before it comes back out to be watched again - this offering from the Gorrillaz however is simply enthralling. I purchased it only a few days ago and I have already watched it several times without having the feeling of tedious repetition; in fact, I find something new and exciting each time.
Despite being an expensive and expansive production, the gig feels quite intimate in the Manchester Opera House surroundings, and the use of several cameras filming the audience, the musicians and the amazing visual graphics of Jamie Hewlett create an unprecedented experience for the viewer. Indeed, if you were one of the many people who could not get tickets for this 5-night extravaganza, then you can enjoy the performance just as much as the attendees did back in November 2005.
Damon Albarn is on fine form and thankfully, he does not get so caught up in the moment (as he has done in the past) that his singing suffers or his behaviour on stage makes him look like a fool; I would hazard a guess that he has had a few singing lessons and this only adds more poignancy at times to the lyrics.
The album "Demon Days" sounds even better live than is does on CD, and some of the albums songs - "White Light" and "O Green World" for example - simply come to life here. Another added-bonus is that most of the performers from the album - Neneh Cherry, Roots Manuva, De La Soul and Bootsie Brown etc... - are present to add their own flavours to the mix and this takes the performances to another level.
Indeed, when Bootsie Brown on "Dirty Harry" raps "All I wanna do is dance," you, the crowd, the musicians and the performers on stage do just that... dance along to this fantastic performance that you will want to enjoy again and again. Bravo! Gorillaz Bravo!

10 000 Hz Legend
10 000 Hz Legend
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £5.39

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronically beautiful, bien sūr!, 30 May 2001
This review is from: 10 000 Hz Legend (Audio CD)
A rather grand departure from Moon Safari, gone are the kitsch ditties and gently melodies that Air are renowned for. Instead we are faced with an entirely different creature; dark and atmospheric masterpieces are the flavour du jour at Air HQ! Personally, there is nothing more amazing than to discover a group experimenting with sounds, technology and expanding upon their own musical limitations/repetoire; in this respect Air cannot be faulted. 10,000 Hz Legend is a demanding and complex album, full of layers and unusual charm, and cannot be fully appreciated after just one listening. You will have to persevere, but ultimately you will be rewarded. The single "Radio #1" is as "pop" as it gets, almost tongue-in-cheek material. "The Vagabond" featuring Beck is one of the album's many highlights, as is "Happy and Unlucky". "Radian" an instrumental piece - is something one would not expect of Air - has what can only be described as an immense sonic feeling to it and is truly an amazing song because of this. In short, the album is a "must" if you enjoy listening to an album for the first few times and thrive on feeling the "fear" of incomprehension... it will all make sense eventually, part of the Air masterplan no doubt. In a word, IMPRESSIVE!

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