Gorillaz: Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez review – playful and potent collaboration

Damon Albarn

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Damon Albarn is the melodic anchor to this pioneering album that balances idea with enjoyable

The Now Now (2018) was a type of Gorillaz albums that allotted with the hip hop-led collaborations that have typically defined this band of ink and flesh. Friends are in full effect, although, on its follow-up: what’s billed as Season One of the band’s Track Machine concept, compiling the tracks Gorillaz have launched monthly by way of their YouTube channel since January, plus additional helpings.

The whole lot that has ever been partaking about Gorillaz is current in spades right here. Playfulness and conceptual ambition are all anchored by Damon Albarn’s melodic melancholy and his side-eye on the suboptimal state of things. His Bowie fixation waxes exhausting on unreleased tracks – resembling The Misplaced Chord – as properly those already in the public domain (Aries).

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