Everyday Robots [VINYL] Double LP
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WITH EVERYDAY ROBOTS, THE FIRST FULLY-REALISED DAMON ALBARN SOLO ALBUM, LISTENERS ARE INVITED INTO HIS WORLD FOR A GENUINE ‘ONE- TO-ONE’. THE 12 SONGS HERE ARE THE MOST SOUL-SEARCHING AND AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SINCE HIS MUSICAL JOURNEY BEGAN.
ALBARN IS FIRST TO ADMIT HE’S A RESTLESS SOUL WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC. DON’T TRY FIXING A LABEL ON HIM. WHAT IS CERTAIN IS THAT ALL HIS PREVIOUS PROJECTS HELP FORM THIS SINGULAR ARTIST’S MUSICAL DNA. BUT IF YOU PEEL BACK THE MYRIAD LAYERS, WHO OWNS THE BEATING HEART BEHIND THEM? WHERE DOES HE COME FROM? WHAT MAKES HIM TICK? WHO IS HE? THIS ALBUM IS MORE DIRECTLY PERSONAL AND QUITE CLEARLY ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES, FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD RIGHT THROUGH. GHOSTS OF ALBARN’S BOYHOOD IN LEYTONSTONE AND COLCHESTER WALK HAND-IN-HAND WITH REFLECTIONS ON LIFE AND LOVE. HE VISITS RECENT HAUNTS... UNDER THE WESTWAY AND IDYLLIC DEVON... AS WELL AS PONDERING THE TRAPPINGS OF OUR MODERN EXISTENCE SUCH AS COMPUTER GAMES AND MOBILE PHONES AS NATURE VERSUS TECHNOLOGY.PRODUCED BY RICHARD RUSSELL, THE XL RECORDINGS BOSS WITH WHOM DAMON CO-PRODUCED BOBBY WOMACK’S SUBLIME THE BRAVEST MAN IN THE UNIVERSE, EVERYDAY ROBOTS FEATURES NOTABLE GUEST APPEARANCES FROM BRIAN ENO, WHO ADDS SYNTHS TO THE RICHLY ATMOSPHERIC YOU AND ME AND ELEGANT VOCALS TO THE ALBUM FINALE HEAVY SEAS OF LOVE. THEN NATASHA KHAN (BAT FOR LASHES) POPS UP WITH SUITABLY DREAMY BACKING ON THE SELFISH GIANT.
IT’S UNDENIABLE THAT EVERYDAY ROBOTS BEARS A STRONG, SOULFUL EDGE TO DAMON’S VOCALS AND EVEN A TASTE OF FULL-BLOWN GOSPEL WHEN LEYTONSTONE’S PENTECOSTAL CITY MISSION CHURCH CHOIR SWING INTO ACTION ON THE ALBUM’S MOST UPBEAT TRACK, MR TEMBO - INSPIRED PERHAPS BY A LIFELONG LOVE OF SOUL GOING BACK TO CHILDHOOD INFLUENCES INCLUDING MARVIN GAYE, NINA SIMONE, RAY CHARLES, AS WELL AS GOSPEL ARTISTS MAHALIA JACKSON AND HIS GRANDFATHER’S PAUL ROBESON RECORDS.
Top Customer Reviews
The songs are a varied and interesting bunch. As you'd expect from Albarn they are melodically and harmonically excellent and have enjoyable and intelligent lyrics. If there is an overall theme it is the dehumanisation of modern life and how we interact with electronics more and each other less. The album's opening line, "We are everyday robots on our phones..." and lines like, "It's hard to be your lover when the TV's on..." strike home well, I think.
I've listened to this album a lot (I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy), and am continuing to do so with great pleasure. It will be part of the soundtrack to many people's summer, I suspect, but there's real meat here and I think it will last a lot longer. I'd recommend it very warmly.
There’s something of early Boards of Canada’s landmark hymns to nostalgia in the tone and feel of the album. It’s dense with sound. Things click and whirr. Voices echo in and out of time. Yet the whole thing breathes. It’s open and warm and there’s space enough to climb inside to let it all wash over you. Listened to from afar, it might drift a little. The jaunty excursion of Mr Tembo aside, this is a mono-paced mooch of an album. On occasion the songs drift in to one another, woozily lurching from idea to idea.
It’s beautiful, though. Just listen. Melancholy melodies come and go. Unexpected musical twists catch the ear. The whole thing ebbs and flows. Its hands are dug in pockets and eyes are only for the ground, but its bones and heart are full of hope.
The album is touted as being autobiographical but I'm guessing that the songs resonate with lots of people (although that could just be my age!) - normal life under the microscope. Too many highlights to mention but for me Hollow Ponds brings back the smells and laziness of being a kid during the summer of 76 before having to lose that innocence to reality. Love it.
With honest, reflectful lyrics and a variety of instruments and production used, 'Everyday Roberts' is very pleasing on the ear. My personal favourite song is the quirky 'Mr. Tempo', a jolly little track that makes me feel warm each time I hear it and the one I find myself playing on repeat until I realise that it's now the seventh consecutive time, it should have been a big hit. The title track is stunning, like a Radiohead song with a robots theme, and 'Heavy Seas of Love' and 'Lonely Press Play' are equally wonderful slow-burners.
Damon Albarn is such a versatile talent and a very creative guy. If you are looking for a great album, I highly recommend that you buy your copy of 'Everyday Robots' today, and pre-order the upcoming Blur album which is out in April, music with Mr. Albarn really has always been something!
The deluxe edition is available here: Everyday Robots [CD+DVD], and that contains a bonus DVD, featuring the official promotional video of the title track 'Everyday Robots'.
If you like Blur, the Gorillaz, or indeed any of the other projects Damon has put his name to in recent years, and give this album a genuine chance, you will be rewarded with one of the best albums of the year, and one of Damon's best!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
He's such a miserable w4nker. But creates wonderfully textured recordings.Published 11 days ago by Mr Michael
I found this album hard work to start, but repeated plays has made it one of my favourit records of recent years. A real growerPublished 3 months ago by Marty 1969
Excellent item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.Published 5 months ago by P. F. Tracgransglaws
good tracks and melodic.....not exactly uplifting but the music grows on youPublished 8 months ago by hollylog
I like this a lot, listen to it when I'm ironing and in the car (no, not at the same time). I'm not a die-hard fan but I do enjoy Damon Albarn's music and the lyrics are well... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard In Willesden