The press hail this as Damon Albarn's project and he probably was the catalyst, however to this listeners ears he may well also be the weakest link. Paul Simonon and Terry Allen, where they are prominent, are dazzling, providing great beats (and all without the use of samples). The songs themselves are not half bad and this album will almost certainly be a grower, there is a lot going on and each listen reveals something new of interest. Demon Days it is not, don't expect anything quite like Gorillaz or Blur as the only constant is Albarn's voice.
Now this is the nub of the glass half full conumdrum. Is this a truly great album hampered by Albarn's montone, half bored, mockney vocal? or a really ordinary album elevated by Simonon's throbbing dub bass and Tony Allen's incredible drumming? For the record Simon Tong does also do a better than decent job.
All in all a pretty good album that bears listening all the way through a dozen times to really appreciate, I give it three stars for the vocals, in time I will probably consider this harsh, as I stated previously this feels like a grower, after three plays I am really starting to get to grips with it and am already beginning to feel parsimonious.
For all of these reasons cherry picking a few tracks as one reviewer did does not do this album justice. It reasonably priced and will offer the patient listener a challenge for a modest outlay.
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