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It sounds great... I've only listened once, it's definitely more immediate than Demon Days.
Very very good. No obvious singles on it to my ears, but it really enjoyable as a whole album.
Need to give it a couple more listens, but could be an early Album of the Year contender for me
but I need to wait a couple of hours....
but I don't think it's as cohesive and cinematic as Demon Days
Empire Ants is great though
can't help thinking that Albarn could make a great(better?) 'Gorillaz' record without all the guests
and love it.
As Anschul said, Empire Ants is really ace, though not really any of it has disappointed me. There's a lot of guests but I still think there's enough of Damon singing as well.
Stylo aside, don't think it has the singles that Demon Days had - Feel Good, Dare, Dirty Harry - but I don't think that is to its detriment.
I know it's on a big budget with lots of big guests and on a big label, but for me, if you're gonna make a great pop album, this is the way to do it. Genuinely really imaginative.
I'm listening to it here now: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124114812
But I agree with everything Anschul said,and I felt ( have only listened to it once so may change my mind) that it would have been a better album without so many guests.
The production is just awesome though! what's great about it to me so far is that this couldn't be anything other than a Gorillaz album. Think Tank, The Good the Bad and The Queen, and Demon Days though brilliant are of a similar breed, whereas this stands out as a more distinctive, audacious progression in the Albarn canon.
I think I'm a little obsessed with Gorillaz