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Gorillaz - Demon Days - EMI While this band may look like stylized cartoon characters, they are actually a super-group of tuber-talented musicians. A collected helmed by the lead singer of Brit band Blur - Damon Albarn and Tank Girl cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, it was produced by the famed Dan the Automator with cohort Del the Funkee Homosapien. Things change and people move on. The Automator and Del left the fold some time after the self-titled Gorillaz debut came and went.

There is no denying: the Gorillaz are innovative and infinitely cool. Let me start out by saying this: I am a Gorillaz fan. I liked their self titled album, even though I disliked almost everything besides Clint Eastwood. With the change in producer and contributors, it goes without saying that the music differs from that of the 2001 debut. Albarn has now been joined by new wunderkind Danger Mouse and with Danger Mouse at the helm of production, Albarn cuts loose. The new release Demon Days is a wistful album. Itís certainly not intended to be optimistic; itís a type of popular music that is at the same time hopelessly disturbing and seemingly infectious. The Gorillaz sound on the 15 tracks here is futuristic hip-pop. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at number 6, selling 107,000 copies in its first week of release, making it a solid debut for this band. The first single Feel Good Inc has a great rap from De La Soul, and Kids With Guns utilizes a sample of Salt 'N' Pepa's Push It along with the vocal talents of Neneh Cherry.

But truth be told, Damon and his boys have taken the fun out of The Gorillaz, creating a dark, atmospheric album with none of the catchy melodies of their previous effort. Most of the tracks just churn along quietly never threatening to go anywhere and Albarn's voice is hidden behind effects making the tracks even blander. And it's a 69 year old actor who gets to deliver the most baffling contribution--just listen to Dennis Hopper's spoken-word narrative on Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head. Heís reciting a surreal fairytale about invaders, a mountain named Monkey, and the Happyfolk. Of course there is more to the song than just the recitation, thereís a real keen arrangement.

But thatís about all the excitement youíll get from this record. Yes I like the Gorillaz even more today than I did just a week ago, after listening to Demon Days, but then again it is difficult to speak about Demon Days in specifics. It is intended to be heard from start to finish so speaking about one song does the whole work little justice. It possesses a lot of build-up and tear-down elements to it. If you were a fan of Blur, you probably wonít want to get this one.

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