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A Mixed Bag From 2D And Co.
on 21 October 2010
Time for another music review I think. This time I've chosen Gorillaz' self-titled debut album. That's "Gorillaz" by Gorillaz in case you didn't catch my drift. Anyway, the album was released in 2001 and consists of seventeen tracks.
The two standout tracks, without question, are CLINT EASTWOOD and 19-2000 (SOULCHILD REMIX). CLINT EASTWOOD is a great mellow but upbeat song, and the rapping by Del the Funkee Homosapien is not bad either. I'm not the biggest fan of rap, but it works for this song. There's also the faster-paced ED CASE/SWEETIE IRIE EDIT version of CLINT EASTWOOD, but it's not a patch on the original.
19-2000, like CLINT EASTWOOD, also comes in two flavours; the original and the SOULCHILD REMIX. The original is much slower and is more suited to a lazy Sunday afternoon on the sofa. It's the SOULCHILD REMIX that you want. It's faster, has a stronger drumbeat, and is a real adrenaline pumper. Well, it's not really an adrenaline pumper, but it will get you off the sofa!
Elsewhere, RE-HASH is a nice laid back tune to start the album, 5/4 will make you want to move your arms and pretend to play the drums, and ROCK THE HOUSE makes good use of some high-pitched trumpets. The album does have some duds on it. TOMORROW COMES TODAY and SOUND CHECK, despite having strong drumbeats, are mood swingers in a negative way, whilst PUNK and LATIN SIMONE are just lame, plain and simple.
"Gorillaz" is not the greatest album you'll ever come across, but there are just enough good tunes on here to make it worth a look.