Gorillaz — Plastic Beach

3 03 2010

Artists: Gorillaz

Album: Plastic Beach

Genre: Electronic

Year: 2010


1.) Orchestral Intro

2.) Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach

3.) White Flag

4.) Rhinestone Eyes

5.) Stylo

6.) Superfast Jellyfish

7.) Empire Ants

8.) Glitter Freeze

9.) Some Kind of Nature

10.) On Melancholy Hill

11.) Broken

12.) Sweepstakes

13.) Plastic Beach

14.) To Binge

15.) Cloud of Unknowing

16.) Pirate Jet


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First and foremost, I have to give some serious props to Gorillaz for keeping this record from leaking for so long.  They seriously beat the system.  I was on the edge of my seat waiting for this album, and scrambled for the first non-transcode I could get my hands on.  That being said, my first reactions to the album were shaky.  The whole spacey beach mood it gave off wasn’t really doing it for me at first.  But after a full listen I am not in the slightest bit disappointed with this album.  If you’re a fan of the Gorillaz, and I’m pretty sure you are, you’re gonna like this.  Although the album as a whole is surprisingly coherent in semblance, each track on Plastic Beach has its own emblematic presence.  Plastic Beach also sports a wide array of guest vocalists, but these additions to the songs, for the most part, are really more of a step backwards for the band.  However, once you get into the mood and put the apocryphal guest vocals aside, this is a damn fresh album.  It makes a lot of elitist statements about industrialization (the name comes from all the plastic that gets washed up on the beach nowadays), particularly the fast food industry; this is something I wouldn’t let slide from most bands, but Gorillaz wraps the idea up with a lurching, bouncing pop twist that makes me just not care.  It carries a cheery melancholy in the same way Demon Days did, but provides a new mise en scène: you get this atmosphere of a big party going on atop the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  You get the Plastic Beach.



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