Gorrilaz - Humanz
There’s very little that you could identify as Gorrillaz DNA in this album, apart from when Damon Albarn chirps into various tracks. This unfortunately sounds more like a cheap Diplo / Major Laser rip off with oodles of auto tune and retro synth stabs blagged from 90’s computer games.
Sadly, it seems that the 'innovators' have run out of ideas and become the 'imitators' and this album left me lacking in any affection for it. Track 8 "Charger" sounds distinctly like Albarn is having some sort of breakdown and these are the transcripts of his stint in the asylum. The fact that Grace Jones makes a small appearance only adds to the psych-ward vibe. It's only by track 10 that you start to associate this album with Gorillaz, sadly this isn’t in a good way, it sounds flat and uninspiring despite the bouncy baseline which is the tracks only endearing quality.
The final track leaves nothing to make you want to go back to this album with hints of musical theatre classics and some of Albarn’s weirder solo projects. The album slowly drifts out to sea at the end, and I won't be sending out a search party to get it back.
The Album is out on the 28th April.