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The vast majority of tracks are standouts for me, and the less impressive ones are no bad either. I agree that Pirate Jet didn't work well at Glastonbury, but I thought it was overall a great set. Though apparently I'm in a minority.
it was so unique, like a film soundtracked by a live band or an audiovisual art installation. It featured an unreal calibre of guests - legends like Lou Reed, Bobby Womack, Shaun Ryder, Mark E Smith, De La Soul, two members of The Clash, Albarn himself, Little Dragon, SNOOP D.O.G.G ferchrisake; then you had the female orchestra, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Kano and Bashy, the Syrian band...man it was great. Something like that, an amalgamation of styles/artists/nationalities/pop classics will never happen again (unfortunately), and yet people were hankering for Vertigo. fuck that. Had they been headlining Other Stage it would have gone down as a true Glastonbury moment.
anywho, yeah: maybe not the absolute best but it'll be up there with the best of them come the year end.
re stars: are you having a laugh?
I'll give ya a cauliflower ear!
Although I find it hard to get through all of it at once (I could do without White Flag, Cloud of Unknowing, etc.)
And when I saw them at Coachella, they were superb. One of the best live acts I've seen (which very much surprised me, especially since I here mostly the opposite of that on here)
srsly powerful track
I'm struggling to remember how I did without it for the 22 years of my life before it came out
(Slight exaggeration, perhaps)
those are my least 2 favorite on there (opinions ftw!)
I consistently leave it behind in the store in favour of other albums.
but there's so much great electronic music at the moment, i can't decide overall.
It's pretty good though.
I like Gorillaz and sporadically liked their Glasto set, but it's milesssss behind Demon Days in my book. A good record, but I've preferred many more.
A handful of ok-ish songs to my ears. Found myself cringing far too many times. Snoop as the first voice on any record in 2010 let alone a Gorillaz one is laughable.
but it's Broken Bells at #1 for me so far this year.
Enjoying the Stars album too, but it's not a patch on their former efforts. Can't wait to see them in Sept though...
like the horrors one maybe...a b-sides collection will be very welcomed again in my opinion.
plastic beach is a great record let down by some duds, but it is a long album (something i feel is quite rare nowadays) and the number of truly great songs on the album is astonishing....sweepstakes (mos def in the words of snoop dogg is the boss dawg on this track), cloud of unknowing, stylo, on melancholy hill, to binge, empire ants are all awesome.
i feel pirate jet could have done with some demon days esque production and maybe a choir to make that tagline really big. and the track with the clash is sorta poor.
but its a cool album...probs in my top 5
The Suburbs, Splazsh, Crystal Castles II, Sir Lucious Left Foot, Plastic Beach, The Monitor, ArchAndroid, Expo 86, Ear Drums & Black Holes, Innerspeaker, A Sufi And A Killer, This Is Happening - all highly acclaimed records from 2010 that are over 50 minutes; and apart from Tame Impala and Crystal Castles they're all over 55 minutes long.
every fucking band tried to fill up the whole 72 minutes of a CD, this seems to have died out with the CD.
Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here? is probably my favourite. Maybe Holy Fuck - Latin, or Growing - PUMPS, or Liars - Sisterworld, or Errors - Come Down With Me, or like, loads of others
basically there are tonnes of better albums.
it is pretty great
Is my pick of the year so far
like everyone else said, Plastic Beach is pretty good but not nearly as good as Demon Days
Empire Ants is a stone cold classic though
but I have come full circle on this, it's maybe a bit messy but there's too much awesome stuff on there for it to be anything other than brilliant all in all. To Binge may be the best thing Damon Albarn has written since 'Out of Time'.
Demon Days it tighter as an album...but maybe less fun...tough call. Certainly up their for album of year, High Violet still beats it for me though. Haven't heard Big Boi's album yet, and the Archandroid has to be up there too
Lots of depth. The slower more electronic tracks work best for me- Empire Ants, Broken, Rhinestone Eyes.
I'd say Gorillaz self titled is the worst by some distance- still a great album but plastic beach and demon days are on a level platform for me. I was listening to Demon Days the other day and had forgotten how epic that album is, PB for me is more of an enjoyable listen if perhaps not as conceptual or continuous in terms of overall sound, but i digress... both are fucking ace...
It has a very large number of great tracks, and the few that aren't are hardly filler. I suppose the variety helps.
1) Big Boi- Sir Luscious
2) Gorillaz- PB
3) Janelle Monae- Archandroid
4) These New Puritans- Hidden
5) Guido- Anidea
though possible arcade fire's new one will replace one of those after a few more listens. I'll repeat what i've been spouting the past few months- for me this year's been ace for pop music but not great for experimental boundary pushing music. I guess some will beg to differ.
A fine record but given some of the other releases of 2010 (Wild Nothing, ArchAndroid; B.Dolan; Bonobo) it isn't the best by some measure. Perhaps its true greatness is to be played out in full at the upcoming shows?
that's right, no.
That would be Janelle Monae's Archandroid.