Gorillaz continue to impress with newest album

Vinny Croce
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Gorillaz return with their old sound, but with a newfound twist. Graphic by: Isabella Kokoszko

Gorillaz return with their old sound, but with a newfound twist.

Whether a fan of indie rock, hip-hop, or anything in between, the British “genre-less” band Gorillaz have something in store for everyone.

The virtual band Gorillaz have returned with their fifth full-length album, “Humanz”, after an agonizing seven year wait. This record aims to grasp the concept of 21st century technology and the power of media in politics as well as everyday human lives.

“Humanz” released on April 28, featuring 26 new songs including contributions by artists Rag’n’Bone Man, D.R.A.M., Noel Gallagher, Pusha T and more.

In an age of boring cookie cutter pop songs playing on the radio, Gorillaz present a fresh tone to the listener with their unique sound and distinctive style. Fans received an early taste of the record in February with album’s first single, “Hallelujah Money.”

Featuring haunting vocals from Benjamin Clementine, “Hallelujah Money” speaks to the mass unpopularity of President Donald Trump’s policies with lyrics including, “And I thought the best way to protect our tree, is by building walls,” and “If this be the end, then so shall it be. Until we say so, nothing will move.”

Composed of friends Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz have traveled a rough road on their way to releasing “Humanz.”

Their previous record, “The Fall,” was a featureless, poorly received 15 track release made exclusively on an iPad.

Following the poor response, the duo split to work on solo projects before returning to Gorillaz after missing the style they had created and the fun they had producing music under the name.

The band’s hit single, “Saturnz Barz”, is one of four other tracks released a month before the record.

“Saturnz Barz” is noted for its reminiscence to Gorillaz’ popular songs “Feel Good Inc.” and “Clint Eastwood,” featuring Jamaican rapper Popcaan who energizes and complements the track’s powerful beat and deep bass.

After listening to this album beginning to end, it’s certain—the meaning and aim that this record has. Although it is not always clearly stated for the listener, many tracks such as “Let Me Out” and “We Got The Power” express uncertainty and doubt for the future reflective of current events.

Without fail, this record will keep the energy up and your foot tapping. Gorillaz are respected for their blend of genres and have an established repertoire of sounds which make them different from artists today.

Experimenting with a whole host of new sounds and ideas while being stylistically consistent and recognizable is tough to do, but over the years, Gorillaz have mastered it down pat.

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