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Gorillaz
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on 8 July 2001
The Gorillaz self-titled album is a captivating blend of musical styles from dance, trip hop,and hip hop to pop. There's a suprise at every song and it's as good to dance to as it is to listen to before you shut your eyes at bedtime. Once you understand the lyrics, you can delve a bit deeper into some songs("Draclua", "Sound Check"), while others are just for fun ("Rock da House"). So, check it out, can't hurt.
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on 26 April 2001
The more I listen to this, the more I love it. I cannot really compare it to anything else I've heard because I haven't heard like it. It's original and hugely varied with some amazing tunes. I'm not sure everybody who buys it will like it, but to me this is my best musical buy this year
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on 20 April 2001
When I first heard some of the songs I thought that the songs on the album were very weird. But after listening to it a couple of times it got better and better. It has an amazing variety from hip-hop to Latin. Although not amazing it is still very good. My favourite tracks are probably 'clint eastwood' and 'tomorrow comes today'. This is an album worth getting if you are looking for something 'different'.
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on 28 March 2001
What can I say about this album? It is one of the best fusions of sounds I have heard in a long time. Del tha Funkee Homosapien's vocals, over Dan beats make this unmissable. If you like this (which you WILL), then I urge you to buy both Deltron 3030 and The Handsome Boy Modelling School (Both produced by Dan the Automator with Vocals by Del). I promise you will not be disappointed.
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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.
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on 27 July 2006
Being new to the scene a lot were expected of cartoon band Gorillaz and they delivered in a way which was unbelievable with this fantastic debut album.

They came into the market having not a lot of success but were able to deliver in the form of their first single `Clint Eastwood' which reached number 4 in the UK charts but probably deserved higher with its cool style and interesting choice of lyrics.

The songs are very different from your average rock band. Because their mode of address is very unusual it struck a cord with a wide range of people. The video for Clint Eastwood showed the band dancing and the drummer being turned into a monster. The funny elements and amazing graphics were great but the whole music concepts are enough to win the hearts of any audience.

Using guitars, pianos, mixing sounds and great singing the band are able to deliver a new and different style of music. The music can and should be listened to at any time of the day, whether you wish to dance or chill out it is highly useful and beneficial

With singles such as `New Genious' and `double bass' it shows a varied and complex style of music. The songs are all different. From the fast paced `Clint Eastwood' to the slow based `Tomorrow comes today' emphasises the fact that Gorillaz are able to explore different styles and give the viewers different ideas as to what music should be about.

A personal favourite of mine is `Sound Check' the slowness combines beautifully with an upbeat rhythm. The pace and slow style of singing is enough to gain the audience's vote. The DJ's backing scratches are superb to. The different singers also combine to create an atmospheric style of music.

Both albums produced by Gorillaz(self titled and Demon days) are absolutely fantastic. With using different components such as piano, drums, violins etc and using these in ways to create such songs as Sound Check, Man Research and Clint Eastwood its no surprise that Gorillaz are my favourite band - to explore difference with emphasis into beautifully composed music I recommend this album or Demon Days above any other
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on 22 February 2004
Now i may get on the wrong side of people when i say this, but the idea of creating a band which is entirely on paper and pencil is not a very good one, but for some strange reason it seems to work for the Gorillz.
Created by Blur's Damon Albarn, who also provides vocals for the album, and artist James Hewitt, who created the characters for the band, Gorillaz is a mixed bag in its development.
Essentially this is a bit of hip hop, a bit of rock, a bit of electronica, a bit of everything, and it seems rather fresh when you listen to it.
The album ranges from groovy numbers such as the ode to drugs song "Re-Hash" and "19-2000" to Rocking tracks like "5/4" and "Punk" to songs like "New Genious" and "Tomorrow Comes Today" that displays Damon's vocals talents.
The star of the record has to be Del Tha Funky Homosapien, who raps out catchy rhymes on two of the albums hit singles "Clint Eastwood" and "Rock The House", but overall the highlight song for all Blur fans is "M1 A1" showing a rather rock grooved sound.
Overall Gorillaz is somthing different, it won't please everyone guaranteed, but it is a rather fresh cd and it makes for a unique listen.
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on 7 February 2002
gorillaz aren't the type of thing i'd usually listen to.
but they're great.
like pretty much everyone else, i bought this album after hearing clint eastwood and really liking it. clint eastwood is one of the most rappy tracks on this album, and they take it through a range of styles. my favourite songs are the last three tracks, one of which is kind of dub/reggae type thing, one is a pop song with cool wind effects and the last one M1A1 being gorillaz twisted idea of a rock anthem.
there's many other suprises along the way, none of the songs sound similar at all. but to find fault, a few of the tracks ('punk', 'latin simone' and one or two others) seem a bit throwaway. i was particularly dissapointed by the inclusion of an instrumental version of 'Latin Simone', having heard the full vocal version previously and thinking that was great. but you can't have everything can you?
basically, a mixture of moods, styles, rhythms..while it doesn't strike me as being a total classic, the best bits of this album are absolutely awesome.
oh and in reference to the previous review - i am a heavy rock/metal fan. again proof to how widespread gorillaz appeal is.
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on 1 January 2002
This is one of the first truly original albums that I have heard for a long time. I hesitate to call it 'experimental', since it is full of accomplishment rather than efforts at orginality which only half work. The blend of genres makes for interesting listening and the two remixes really do add an extra dimension to the songs rather than simply making them more palatable to the general public. Quite simply, this is very very good.
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on 9 July 2017
So this an album of remixes.
I assumed it was the original album as the artwork is the same.
It isn't

What's on it is ok but I wanted the original album and it isn't what I got.
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