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As good as being there yourself!,
This review is from: Demon Days Live [DVD]  (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!