Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (Parlophone) ****

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (Parlophone) ****

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (Parlophone) ****

First published in What's On by

MONTHS after reviving Blur in the collective conscience, Damon Albarn is back with Jamie Hewlett’s cartoons and a band that doesn’t exist.

The Gorillaz website carries details of the back story to enhance your listening pleasure, but in truth there’s plenty here to occupy ears, hearts, feet and minds.

Almost too much, for the vast supporting cast (Bobby Womack, De La Soul, Snoop, Mark E Smith, Mos Def, Gruff Rhys, Lou Reed, Kano, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon) softens the album’s focus in places allowing Albarn’s vocals on Rhinestone Eyes and On Melancholy Hill to steal the show.

Still, Smith’s rabid barks on Glitter Freeze chill the soul, Snoop’s growl on Welcome... and the charming whimsy of Gruff’s singing on Superfast Jellyfish provide stiff competition. Sheer class.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree