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The new Gorillaz album hit UK stores (and elsewhere) today. After much deliberation I went for the iTunes Deluxe Edition so I could get the two extra and exclusive tracks. It's a different direction from their previous albums, but that's what makes it so good. You never really know what you're going to get with Gorillaz. I find their songs take a while to grow on me, but here's what I like on first listening:
  • Stylo (had the single beforehand)
  • Superfast Jellyfish
  • On Melancholy Hill
Has anyone else picked it up? What do you think? You can hear some of the songs on their YouTube channel. Be sure to check out their online adventure game too.
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  • It's interesting hearing everyone's different views on the album. After a couple more listens through, the tracks Empire Ants and Broken have grown on me. I don't really mind the hip-hop in this album, but I think the stuff with Damon in is probably the best.

    For reference, my favourite past Gorillaz songs are Clint Eastwood, 19/2000 (Soulchild Remix), Feel Good Inc. and Dare.
  • Pinchpenny;268370 said:
    but I think the stuff with Damon in is probably the best.
    He's at better use in Gorillaz than he ever was in Blur
  • They've released a new one, The Fall. This deserves a separate thread probably ...
    The album was recorded only and only using iPad! And it's really good despite not being recorded using real instruments!
    "Revolving Doors" and "Aspen Forest" are my favourite.
  • Milkman08;440629 said:
    They've released a new one, The Fall. This deserves a separate thread probably ...
    The album was recorded only and only using iPad! And it's really good despite not being recorded using real instruments!
    "Revolving Doors" and "Aspen Forest" are my favourite.
    Oh, wow! I read about this before Christmas and completely forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me.

    It let's me stream the songs from that site when I sign up to their newsletter. Am I right in saying you have to be a member of their (paid) fan club to actually download the album?
  • Am I right in saying you have to be a member of their (paid) fan club to actually download the album?
    Yep. You have to be a member of their "Sub Division Fan Club" to download the free album, which technically makes it non-free doesn't it? :)
  • Milkman08;440910 said:
    Yep. You have to be a member of their "Sub Division Fan Club" to download the free album, which technically makes it non-free doesn't it? :)
    which makes it too expensive. Sorry. I am not paying that money to be in their fanclub.
  • der_ketzer;440982 said:
    which makes it too expensive. Sorry. I am not paying that money to be in their fanclub.
    Indeed. I think the album is getting a proper retail release later this year.
  • I listened to it a couple of times but it never really grabbed me. There are a couple of good tracks on it but it just didn't gel like the great albums do. I don't think they'll ever top Demon Days.
  • Yeah, they'd have to put out something absolutely AMAZING to top Demon Days. That said, I still haven't gotten around to listening to any of the album other than Stylo. I really ought to get around to picking it up.
  • I know right, :) I just put Stylo on repeat for ages and have only listened to the album as a whole a couple of times, including once after reading this thread. It's like I don't want to listen to anything else on it, which is a bad sign for an album.
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