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Journey To The West
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on 21 November 2012
Bought this album as love Damon Albarns work. Some of the music is so beautiful but as music plays it twists and turns within the same track it becomes awful. Borderline classical music so on this occassion, its not for me.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2008
I was very lucky to see the spectacle that is Monkey's Journey To The West when it was premiered in Manchester in 2007. It's simply stunning and the music is amazing. OK maybe not for those expecting a slightly chinese influenced "ParkLife" or "Dare" but it shows just what a talent Albarn is...and that's from someone with all Oasis' albums! Do yourself a favour - see the show if you can but definitely buy this for an amazing aural experience. Post Beijing games, this should fly!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2008
Appalled to read the 1 star review. A fascinating work that makes you think quite deeply about China.
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on 11 March 2014
A pure joy from beginning to end. Unique and engrossing. This is Albarn at his most experimental best. Highly recommend.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2008
For those who gave it 1 star! go back to your silly mainstream Coldplay/James Blunt CDs :)

this album is creative and a joy to hear! mixing chinese music with synth music :) Damon must have had fun doing this :) playing around with sounds and ideas! bringing musical culture together
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on 21 May 2015
Wish I'd seen the opera
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on 19 January 2015
Happy days :D
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2008
I'd been really looking forward to this release, unfortunately I have to say it's the worst of Damon Albarn's career.

I was equally disappointed with the opera itself, which I saw last weekend. A few parts were very very good, but on the whole it's really dull.
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12 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2008
I've seen some 5 star reviews for this CD and had been waiting it's release, in great anticipation, for several weeks.

When I trotted off to a local record shop this afternoon I never thought that a couple of hours later I'd be writing a review like this ... but I'm afraid this CD is absolutely AWFUL!!!

I was initially disapointed to notice that the 22 tracks on this CD only lasted about 45 minutes, but having heard as far as track 3 I was already beginning to conclude that brevity might probably be a good thing.

As a background soundtrack, this "music" may have been just about tolerable (as long as there was something else going on to distract your attention from it) but judged on it's own merits it's just a head-ache inducing series of tuneless blips, blops, repetitive rythms, and screeching or grunted vocals.

Having listened to this CD once I can't imagine ever wanting to subject myself to it again. There's a part of me (that's a tightwad) that thinks I should give it another listen, and try and get my money's worth, but there's a far larger part of me that just wants to put the CD in the bin and forget it ever existed.

I'm fairly certain that they'll be a fair smattering of glowing user reviews for this CD, as it's unlike anything else you're likely to have heard before, but I honestly can't think of any CD I've ever bought and instantly taken this much of a dislike to, and I'll be surprised if I'm the only only person who hates what they hear.
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8 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2008
I can't agree with TC Davies, it is far worse than this. I will be trying to return mine to the shop. I have probably purchased 3000+ CDs and this is the most disapointing CD I have ever purchased. Please don't think it is anything like Gorillas. I have always loved Alban and still think he is a genius, but this rubbish is a massive let down. There is not one tune out of the 22 that I could recommend. I really don't want to offend anyone but make people think twice before purchasing. It really is just a CD of random noises.
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